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OPEN LETTER TO SOUTHCOAST HOA RE ACCESS TO GATED COMMUNITIES

I do a program in Goleta, California evey year in the spring – I’ve been doing it for somewhere between 10 and 15 years.  I am privileged to be asked back each year, and to be allowed to set topics

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The HOA Owners Are Screaming – Don’t Take Away My Trees (…or Bushes)

Boards, I get it – in one form or another, sometimes trees have to go. But know that removal or trees and bushes can be a very big emotional issue. It should not be taken lightly. Owners care!! I blogged

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What Do You Do When An Owner Is Ordering Association Vendors to Do Work?

This is not an extremely common problem but it does occur to varying degrees. Sometimes owners (especially some of those who reside on site, are around during the day, and are of the mind to watch whatever is going on), involve

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Why Do Boards Hide?

This is just a followup to an E-Newsletter sent earlier this year and also an article published more recently in the ECHO JOURNAL, a publication of the Executive Council of Homeowners. I received this question from a reader … About the article

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Disclosing Election Results in an HOA or Condo Association

Boards are supposed to notify owners of election results. Actually it is the Inspectors job to announce them to the members at the end of the counting meeting. Of course, all kinds of things can happen the date of the

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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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Minutes of HOA and Condo Board Meetings – What Should Be In Them?

I get a lot of questions about minutes. Some people think they should contain more information, and some people claim less information should be in them. Here is a question about specifics: “When I reviewed the minutes from recent board meetings there

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Water Damage – What Info Do You Have to Give Homeowner?

Boy, I owe a few blogs. That’s what happens when you go on vacation – you get behind! Anyway, here goes another one (the question): “Due to some water damage, my management company has sent a number of different contactors

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Are HOA Boards Required to Get 3 Bids?

Finally, someone who is kind enough to have a sense of humor about the “simple” question – read on: “A quick (that’s what they all say!) question: Is there a civil code that covers the need for non-profit corporations to

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Who Verifies Contractor’s Insurance for Condo/HOA?

Here is a question that seems it should have a simple answer: “Who is responsible in verifying contractor’s insurance before they start working on a project? Is it the property management company or the board of directors of the HOA?

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