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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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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Discrimination or Reverse Discrimination in an HOA-You Be the Judge!

A reader sent me a question, well actually a question-and-answer, which is very thought-provoking. I had to stop what I was doing today not only to think about it, but to write about it. What the reader sent me was

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Children vs. Mature Adults – What Do You Do When They Clash in the Streets!

Board, have any of you this problem on your plate – a “mature” owner comes to you and complaints about children playing in the street in your HOA? And/or the parents come to you because the neighbor is complaining about

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Should We Ask the Owner to Evict a Tenant Who Has Caused A Lot of Problems?

I got an email from an association where there is a tenant residing that is causing all kinds of problems. The police have been called out several times regarding disturbances of discharge of firearms, screaming, shouting, fighting, and late partying.

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New Year’s Resolution – Be More Professional in Your HOA

Managers, attorneys, accountants, I’m telling you this – vendors and professionals that are providing services to an association are not personal advisers to any individual board member! And actions that give the perception of favoritism, even if it’s not real, can be

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CHANGE YOUR ACTIONS IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE OUTCOME

Have you ever heard the saying that as long as you continue to do things the same way, you can’t expect a different outcome. So if your way is not working, why not look for a new way to approach

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More on Meetings Under the New Law for HOAs and Condos in CA

Here is some more info on holding proper board meetings after the new laws in California took effect 1/1/2012: Teleconference meetings: Board meetings can be held by teleconference so long as all board members can hear each other and discuss and

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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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Judging Hardships in a Condo or HOA Rental Restriction

Every amendment I write for adding rental restrictions in a condo association or homeowners association (HOA) has a hardship clause in it. Some are tighter than others. A hardship clause is one that gives an owner the opportunity to apply

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