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Are HOA Owners Entitled to Have the Reserve Study?

Hello. I have not written blogs for a while (have been super busy) so I will do a few today in bullet style to try and make up for it. Here is the first one,   Question sent to me:

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Playing Russian Roulette When Buying a “Stacked” Condo or Townhouse

Playing Russian Roulette When Buying a “Stacked” Condo or Townhouse OR, I could have called this blog What Can Possibly Go Wrong to Turn My Dreamhouse into a Nightmare? Here’s another in my series on real problems brought to me

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What Do You Do When Your HOA is a Sinking Ship? To Bail or … to Bail.

It is time again to bring up some real problems that people coming to me for help are experiencing. I am doing a series of blogs on real life issues. First one, an owner or owners come to find out

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The Elephant (or Should I say “Big Dog”) in the Room (HOA) – We Should Talk About It

I recently received an email request to comment on the following:   “Maybe in a future newsletter you could mention how to handle new or old owners about being ADA and what the requirements are. Seems a lot of new

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HOA Master Coverage – What is the Effect on HOA and Owners Getting EQ Coverage?

This blog is a request for feedback and comment. I draft a lot of restated HOA documents and insurance obligations are one of the most important areas. When drafting master coverage there are different schools of thought and I think

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What Say You About the Ability (or Not) to Get Financing of Unit in A High Rental Percentage HOA Property?

Hello out there lenders. I need feedback. A reader send me an email after reading the article on my website about Lease Limitation Restrictions (are they legal in California). She questions my assertions that the lending pool shrinks when the

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Bed Bugs in a NY Condo, Sprinkler Head Flood in CA, OH MY!

BED BUGS SPREAD IN A NEW YORK CONDO – WHO PAYS FOR THE MULTIPLE UNIT TREATMENTS? HOA  OWNER KNOCKS OFF SPRINKLER HEAD IN CALIFORNIA STARTING A HUGE FLOOD. WHO PAYS FOR DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE UNITS AND COMMON AREA?   What’s

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Can Owners By Petition Call Special Meetings in an HOA?

Here is a question that just keeps coming up, from readers, and from boards. What does it mean when 5% of the members of an HOA petition the board to call a meeting? Many California HOA documents have a provision

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INCORPORATION of HOA, IS IT GOOD, BAD, OR INDIFFERENT?

I am working on the Small Homeowners Association Survival Guide and expect to get it done the end of this month, or by mid October (2015) at the outside date. In working on this guide, it has become evident that

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Should an Inspector in an HOA Election Give Out a List of Who Returned a Ballot?

This is a small blog (for me)  but with large implications. Thus, I am planning to follow it up with an E-newsletter for the July edition and provide a more thorough analysis of the duties as well as the authority

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