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Cats, Cats Everywhere in the HOA, and No Funny Cats Videos To Show For It

Because of U-tube, cats have been elevated to a position of considerable attention. When my grandkids visit they always have a new funny cat video they want me to watch, and those things are as long as a TV show!

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What Does an HOA Board Do When Architectural Control is Out of Control?

The following is not an uncommon problem: [Email from reader] “Recently an owner came to the homeowner forum at the board meeting and asked if the Board should be enforcing the architectural restrictions. She said it seems like nothing is

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Should the Board Give Up on Keeping HOA Properties Maintained?

Yes, Virginia, it is more difficult today to get people to clean up their property than it used to be in California (and likely many other places as well). Here is the question triggering this blog: “I’m a member of the

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Do HOAs or Condos Have To Allow Electric Car Charging Stations?

There is a new law coming into effect January 1, 2012, that will allow homeowners to ask for use of exclusive use common area or use or use of their own separate interest space for an electric charging station for

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Pet Assessments in HOAs or Condos – What is Reasonable?

I get lots of questions about extras fees being charged by HOA and Condo boards. Some are justified, some are not. Generally, in order to legally charge any fee to members, there has to be authority in one of the

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Grandfather Clauses – What are they? When do they help?

Some days I get emails and I have to wonder: “Is there something wrong with the sender … or is there something wrong with the person they are talking to … or is there some kind of miscommunication going on?

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Use of Pool by the “Untrained” – Should It Be Prohibited?

Here is a question about use of the pool. Take note, summer is coming (or is it already here?). “The HOA is denying access to the pool for any “persons” who are not toilet trained. they took down the “no

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Noise, Noise, Noise – What Are You Gonna Do About It?

I just wrote 3 blogs on issues of noise in condos, involving installation of jacuzzi tubs, hardwood and laminate floors, and trying to sell a condo with a pending noise transmission issue. Rather than repeat everything here, visit http://www.condolawguru.com and see

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Do HOA Owners Have To Clean Up Their Vehicle Spills?

Questions often arise about how much authority Boards have to require certain things from owners in a Condo or HOA. Here is one such question in an email from a reader: “Hey Beth – Thanks so much for your amazing

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May an HOA Board Charge for Rudeness?

This is a good question. I believe there are many boards that get entrenched because of rude behavior by owners. There are ways to deal with rudeness other than charging the rude owner more than might be charged to a

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