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Think you’d be a great HOA community manager? CACM says ‘click here’

With many of its member homeowners associations eager to hire, the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) is widening its search for men and women from all walks of life who are suited for the opportunity.  CACM has laid out

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Homeowners who let grass go brown to save water during California drought could face fines

Homeowners who let their grass go brown to save money during the drought may have to turn the sprinklers back on, or else their HOA can fine them.  In April, Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought over for most parts

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HOA Directors in California – WATCH OUT! READ THIS!

Rogue Directors – Beware – HOA Director Liability -What is Happening in California?  Here’s the general question of importance in this blog:  Are California HOA Board Directors protected in California for their actions on the Board? Does the “business judgment

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Ball Father’s Latest Project: Overhauling His HOA (CA)

The father of the former UCLA basketball star and projected top NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is known to stand out with his outspoken ways and pricey Big Baller Brand shoes.  Even LaVar’s Ball’s Chino Hills home stands out. It’s

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HOA Homefront: Does your HOA have the required rules?

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in California. Under Civil Code 4350(a), rules must be written, and under Civil Code 4340 are adopted by the board of directors. In adopting or changing rules,

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What good are C&Rs if they don’t enforce the rules?

Q: My family and I moved into one of the local “exclusive” gated communities. We wanted to move to a place where the neighborhoods would stay nice year after year thanks to a good set of CC&Rs. We have a

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HOA Homefront: Copies of documents should be a reasonable cost

Q:  Recently my family sold a house and paid over $700 in fees to the association, a large portion of which was for copies of rules and regulations to be provided to the buyer. The association provided the files to

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HOA president: thieves ‘preying’ on residents at senior communities (CA)

The latest example of a crime targeting a senior community in the North County ended with a confrontation and a possible break.  On Saturday afternoon, Charlotte Van Buren and her husband spotted two youths coming from a neighbor’s home with

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State Legislature moved to restrict HOA controls over political speech (CA)

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, to prohibit California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) from suppressing the freedom of speech and freedom of association rights of their residents.  SB 407

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Joe Montana suing developers of Millennium Tower over sinking, slanted condo

Joe Montana says his fancy San Francisco condo is completely slanted … and it’s getting worse because the building is sinking … and now he’s declared war on the building developers.   The NFL legend filed a lawsuit against the

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Property manager, company plead guilty to wire fraud (CA)

A Ramona property manager and his company have pleaded guilty to wire fraud in concealing bids to a homeowners association involving improvements and asbestos removal.  Robert Walsh, 38, and his firm, Cornerstone Management Professionals Inc., will be sentenced July 7

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HOA Homefront: Can we skip the reserve account?

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am wondering, are HOAs required to have a “reserve” account or it is just recommended?      Read the Q&A…………….

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Morrison got their goats (CA)

The Morrison Ranch Estates Homeowners Association in Agoura Hills has once again called in the cavalry or, in this case, the goats. Each year, the HOA hires a goat herd to gobble up the heavy scrub that grows on an

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$22,000 stolen from homeowners association (CA)

Residents of a Santa Paula condo complex called the NewsChannel Three Tipline looking for justice.  They said two former officers of their homeowners association stole all of their money and skipped town. Despite proving their case in court, they can

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HOA basics: What to know before you buy

Before signing on the dotted line for your new home, make sure you know what your homeowners association fees are and what they cover. Because most new planned communities have HOAs whether you’re buying a detached home, condo or townhome,

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HOA Homefront: Owners have very broad rights of access to association financial records.

Q: I am one of a couple employees in a small, self-managed, association. Regarding opening the association records to owners: How much detail are they allowed to see? The manager is concerned that if someone insists on details (i.e. specific

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Woman says HOA ‘blowing off’ potential damage

A Tierrasanta woman said a vicious root system could be damaging her home from underneath right now, but she claims her homeowners association is blowing off her concerns.  Penny Sansevieri spends hours each day working in the comforts of her

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Smoldering BBQ coals ignite flames at Reseda condo: 7 homeless (CA)

Smoldering barbecue coals ignited flames at a Reseda condo Sunday, and firefighters needed 14 minutes to knock down the blaze, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Seven people were forced out of the condo and were temporarily homeless.  

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New Oakmont board votes to kill hotly disputed pickleball courts (CA)

The enmity that roils Oakmont crescendoed Tuesday as the new majority on the homeowner association’s governing board voted to immediately terminate all contracts related to the construction of pickleball courts. Directors of the Oakmont Village Association’s board voted 5 to

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Rancho Palos Verdes nears $500,000 settlement with Vista Verde condo owners (CA)

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes on Tuesday is expected to settle three lawsuits by residents of the Vista Verde condominium complex adjacent Green Hills Memorial Park, agreeing to pay $500,000 for wrongly approving a mausoleum and rooftop burial site

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HOA Homefront: The drought emergency is over. Back to business as usual? (CA)

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov, the governor’s web site. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California,

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Oakmont to hold recount in election that empowered pickleball foes (CA)

It appeared for a moment that the staggeringly divisive and complex pickleball controversy at Oakmont might be settled by the election that bestowed control of the homeowners’ board to a new majority opposed to building courts in the heart of

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HOA Homefront: Being a volunteer means no profiteering (CA)

Q:  A board member also owns several properties elsewhere. A homeowners association vendor told me that this director demands, and gets, “discounts” from the vendor for work done on the director’s other properties. This is certainly ethically questionable as I

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My Turn: Things are heating up in Serrano (CA)

Well, it’s that time again. We’ve got another Serrano Homeowners Association Board of Directors election looming and it’s again shaping up to be a battle for control, with homeowners vying with the developer for control of their HOA. But it’s

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Pickleball row may be over after Oakmont election installs a new board (CA)

The score just changed in the protracted, hard-fought pickleball contest in Oakmont. It appears that a barely begun project to build four centrally located play courts will soon be terminated.  A vote tally Tuesday revealed that a slate of three

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HOA Homefront: Keep the board meetings a reasonable length

As someone who regularly attends homeowners association board meetings, I can attest that most of them run far too long. Later in longer meetings, concentration and the quality of the deliberations deteriorate.  Could any of the following solutions help your

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Short-term vacation rental complaint moves forward (CA)

A judge has denied San Diego Country Estates Association’s request to dismiss a complaint filed by a homeowner earlier this year regarding a short-term vacation rental in the neighborhood.  Tammy Rozelle and Sean Studley, who are plaintiffs in the complaint,

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San Francisco Millennium Tower HOA Files New Lawsuit Over Sinking Skyscraper (CA)

Lawyers representing the sinking San Francisco Millennium Tower homeowners’ association announced a lawsuit against the developer and builders Wednesday.  The lawsuit names the developer, Millennium Partners, along with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), the regional agency overseeing the building

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Consider rules before buying or renting HOA-governed properties

Many people looking for rental properties are turning to condos and townhomes as a less expensive alternative to renting a single-family home. Many of these communities have some nice amenities to offer such as pools, clubhouses, gyms and community parks

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Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA)

When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond

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Welcome to Hollywood: residents clash as access to famed sign is blocked

In 1923, the miles of hiking and bridle trails around the sign were described in a promotional document as “beyond comparison”, and the thousands of Angelenos and out-of-town visitors who descend on the area every weekend think that’s still true.

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Serrano HOA hit with a lawsuit (CA)

Serrano resident and former Homeowners Association Director Dean Getz has filed a $15.7 million lawsuit against the Serrano El Dorado Owners Association and Serrano Associates as an individual and on behalf of “all over-assessed past and present” Serrano homeowners.  Getz

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HOA Homefront – Can the association enforce unwritten rules?

Q:  This past year we got a new homeowners association manager, and there has been a huge increase in the number of violation letters. Some are for items like patio chairs on walkways, water hoses not coiled in specific areas,

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Ice Dam Totals Tahoe Condo

The roof of a condo building in Tahoe collapsed last week under the weight of six feet of snow, and it came without warning.    Read the article…………..

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Woman injured in condo fire

A house fire near Calavera Hills Community Park left one woman injured Tuesday.  The blaze in the 2900 block of Ridgefield Avenue in Carlsbad was reported shortly after 3 p.m., authorities said.   Read the article………..

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Ocean Hills community considers water options (CA)

The Ocean Hills housing community is considering more cost effective ways to water its greenbelts. Options on the table are connecting to city recycled water lines or digging a local well.  Residents are also looking at landscape changes to conserve

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HOA Homefront: Whose pipes are those?

Q: What is the definition of internal installations of the unit? Are pipes in the wall considered internal installations of the unit? My take is internal means inside; so inside the unit. Can you please help me understand what internal

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Aliso Creek banks in Lake Forest losing ground after storms (CA)

John Pherrin approached the western bank of Aliso Creek near his home in the Woodside neighborhood and noted the changes.  Trees and pieces of concrete had piled into the creek and slopes on both sides had eroded over the past

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Laundry room showdown reveals ‘frustrating’ problem at condo complex (CA)

A disturbing encounter in this laundry room is exposing a growing homeless problem.  On Friday morning at the Mission Gardens condos, Wendy, who asked us not to show her face, saw two women who appeared to be homeless going under

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HOA Homefront: The board balancing act

The ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang deals with opposite and inseparable forces. Common interest developments, or homeowner associations, have their own “yin and yang” issues, in which four basic and inseparable priorities must be balanced to produce a

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California Court of Appeal Ruling Eliminates Strict Liability Standard for Supplier of Chinese Building Products

On January 26, 2017, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, Division One, issued a 51 page ruling in Acqua Vista Homeowners Association v. MWI, Inc., D068406 (San Diego Superior Court No. 37-2009-00104348-CU-CD-CTL) which eliminated strict liability

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HOA Homefront: Are we STILL dealing with drought? (CA)

Q:  Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawns, can an HOA require homeowners who stopped watering to replace their dead lawns with other types of ground cover such as drought tolerant landscaping, compost, artificial turf, etc? Or are we stuck with

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Trial for an alleged HOA embezzler delayed (CA)

The trial was delayed Friday for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in an embezzlement case involving nearly $2.8 million from a San Mateo homeowners association, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.    Read the article……….

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Saratoga: HOAs can operate neighborhood security cameras (CA)

Neighborhood surveillance cameras operated by bona fide homeowners associations for security purposes can operate in public rights-of-way with an encroachment permit, city attorney Richard Taylor told the city council at a recent meeting.  Cameras, like the two already installed as

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Yes, HOA Can Sell Property for Delinquent Fees (CA)

Howard Rich purchased a single-family residence at an execution sale. The execution sale was conducted to satisfy a judgment against Yung-Shen Steven Lee. Rich was a third-party purchaser. The plaintiff and judgement creditor was Spyglass Hill Community Association, the HOA

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Sinking Millennium Tower’s condo owners hire Trump’s lawyer

Condo owners at San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower are raising the stakes in their fight to get the infamous downtown building fixed — hiring a celebrity Los Angeles lawyer in anticipation of suing the developer.  Residents of the 58-story high-rise

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Who will pay for San Francisco’s $750 million tilting tower? (CA)

The 58-story tower’s shine faded on May 10, 2016, when Agabian attended a homeowners association meeting and was informed that the building had sunk 16 inches into the earth and tilted over 15 inches at its tip and 2 inches

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HOA Homefront: Don’t be caught napping; your rights at risk! (CA)

Some well-intentioned ideas can boomerang and hurt those who are intended to be helped. Such is the new Civil Code 4041, created by last year’s SB918.  Section 4041 appears intended to protect homeowners by requiring annual reminders to keep their

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HOA Homefront: Who’s meeting is it (I wasn’t invited)

Q. In the spirit of shedding light on HOA governance, would you please write about the difference between regular open board meetings and the annual homeowners association meeting. I am specifically interested in your view on how the agendas are

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Appellate Court Overturns $24 Million Judgment for HOA in SB800 Case (CA)

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District just overturned a $24 Million verdict in favor of a San Diego County HOA. Despite the jury verdict in favor of the HOA, the Court of Appeal overturned the verdict, and

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