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HOA Homefront: Conflicts of interest and when to step aside (CA)

If one is involved in a decision affecting or involving that person uniquely as opposed to the community generally, that is a conflict of interest. Directors and committee members should avoid involvement in discussions or decisions in which they have

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A fix for San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper could cost upwards of $100 million, and no one wants to foot the bill (CA)

There may be a fix in the works for San Francisco’s very own “leaning tower.”  Millennium Tower has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since its completion in 2008. Satellite images suggest the residential high-rise — home to more

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Dispute over homeowner dues turns Friendly Valley unfriendly (CA)

Friendly Valley got a little unfriendly Tuesday when members of Santa Clarita Valley’s gated community found themselves unwelcome.  Close to 300 residents living behind the gated and the guard-staffed kiosk of Friendly Valley on Sierra Highway learned Tuesday that their

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Bayview Nail Salon Forced To Scrap Mural After Neighbors Complain (CA)

A mural is at the heart of a dispute between neighbors in Bayview.  Since opening in January, business has been steady at Luxurious Nail Boutique & Spa, located at 4138 3rd Street (near Innes) in Bayview. However, according to owner

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Parents Fuming Over HOA Letter Discouraging Kids Playing Outside Home (CA)

Some homeowners in a Granite Bay neighborhood are fuming over a letter sent out by the homeowners association that they say goes too far.  The letter discourages children playing outdoors on neighborhood streets and even suggests parents take their kids

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HOA Not Entitled To Fees Where Gist Of Successor Homeowner’s Suit Was Fraud Based (CA)

In Mims v. Park Hill on Pepper Avenue Community Association, Case No. E065990 (4th Dist., Div. 2 Sept. 13, 2017) (unpublished), successor homeowner initially sued HOA on various fraud-based claims based on the failure to provide her notice that the

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Adobe Creek neighbors teed off (CA)

In the past nine months since its abrupt closure, the once-pristine Adobe Creek Golf Course on the fringe of Petaluma’s east side has become a massive overgrown blight on the community, frustrating residents who own homes in an upscale subdivision

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HOA Homefront: Sometimes managers are not allowed to succeed in their roles

Many associations struggle with a poor manager relationship, resulting in a frustrated board or a terminated manager. However, such struggles can sometimes arise from the board’s actions and likewise can be resolved by a change in board practices.  Truly, some

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Laguna Woods Village HOA votes to suspend cable, internet for delinquent homeowners (CA)

The United board on Tuesday, Sept. 12 passed resolutions to increase the late fees and set consequences for various delinquencies in the housing mutual.  United unanimously passed a resolution that will allow the suspension of cable and internet for residents

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Adobe Creek neighbors teed off (CA)

In the past nine months since its abrupt closure, the once-pristine Adobe Creek Golf Course on the fringe of Petaluma’s east side has become a massive overgrown blight on the community, frustrating residents who own homes in an upscale subdivision

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A small condominium community in Monterey is gobsmacked by their new water bills (CA)

When California American Water changed its rate structure in March, residential water bills for most customers shot up by more than 60 percent. Those were the lucky ones.  Residents in the Tanglewood community, a 75-unit community of condominiums in the

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Residents Hire Legal Team To Rescind Sale Of Ritzy San Francisco Street (CA)

Wealthy residents who live on a private San Francisco street that was sold have hired a high-powered legal team to help rescind the sale.  Earlier this year, a San Jose couple bought Presidio Terrace in a city auction, after the

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HOA residents’ political speech rights get state protections (CA)

Legislation to protect the political speech rights of residents living in one of California’s more than 52,000 common interest developments (commonly called homeowners associations or HOAs) is now the law in California.  “For too long homeowner association boards have infringed

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‘I want to be safe.’ Why a growing number of neighborhoods are hiring private security (CA)

The piling up of incidents finally pushed Hannon to action, and last year, she and her neighbors – more than 70 homes in total now – joined a small but growing number of Sacramento neighborhoods fed up with petty crime

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HOA Homefront: I demand my comments be in the minutes (and when will I see them?)

Q: Does the HOA board have an obligation to put homeowners’ reasonable comments, questions and other details in the minutes? For example, several months ago, the board invited the landscaper and other representatives to speak about the chemicals they use.

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Supes to consider rescinding sale of private SF street (CA)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing in November on whether to rescind the controversial sale of a private street.  Presidio Terrace, a small, highly-affluent private street on the edge of the Presidio, was owned by the

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Laguna Woods Village HOA doubles transfer fee on resales to $5,000 (CA)

The Golden Rain Foundation board on Tuesday, Sept. 5 unanimously passed a resolution to increase the transfer (trust facilities) fee on resales from $2,500 to $5,000.  The $5,000 will apply to units that sell for $75,000 or higher and remain

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HOA Homefront: Board discussions outside meetings are limited; no email or texts allowed (CA)

Q:  Our management company recently advised the board that they could no longer discuss any HOA business via group emails in between meetings, even if the emails lead to no decisions or directions. Is that standard in California?    Read

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Elderly woman dies, husband injured in Lakeside condo fire (CA)

A woman died Thursday and her husband was injured in a condo fire in East County, according to the Lakeside Fire Department.  The fire broke out in the living room of the home on Wintergreen Dr.  Firefighters said neighbors saw

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HOA Homefront: It’s my balcony and my vine, right?

Q:  I own a two-bedroom condo with a balcony. We live in the area where a lot of smoke comes from a busy boulevard, so the balcony needs to be washed often. We put tile on the balcony. Now the

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Couple defend rights to street (CA)

A Chinese-American couple said they will stand by the city of San Francisco and defend their ownership of a street in one of the city’s richest neighborhoods, where the homeowners want the purchase negated.  Michael Cheng and Tina Lam, both

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Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos, apartment buildings spark outrage (CA)

El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.’s new refuse and recycling program.  Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that’s

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Mayor says city will look into concerns of Parkway Gardens residents (CA)

Mayor Harry Price says the city will try to follow up on concerns three Parkway Gardens residents raised involving the 240-unit condominium that had been managed by a court-appointed receiver.  Resident Minnie Noble told City Council members Tuesday that she

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HOA Homefront: Is our mobile-home park an HOA?

Q: How is it legal for a mobile-home park HOA to be registered with the government as a condominium association? What ramifications does that have on our CC&Rs? We’re having a lot of trouble here, and I need help understanding

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Hundreds of Fish in Rancho Murieta Lake Killed After Homeowners Assn Tried to Treat Algae (CA)

Hundreds of fish killed in a Rancho Murieta lake after a homeowners association tried to treat algae blooms.  “My son and I, I have a 4-year-old son, we use the lake quite a bit,” said Brian Donnalley, a Rancho Murieta

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Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA)

Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last

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HOA Homefront: “Bare walls” or full coverage – insurance brokers weigh in

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a “bare walls” approach, the homeowners association insurance does not restore unit interiors, but each owner insures (via individual HO6

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Presidio Terrace: This is the second time residents lost their own street (CA)

Homeowners in ultra-wealthy Presidio Terrace were shocked in May to discover that their privately-owned street—as in the, lanes and sidewalks of the street itself, including over 100 potentially quite valuable parking spaces—sold at auction in 2015 because of a $14/year

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HOA Winning $1,881 In Damages Against Homeowner Also Was Entitled To Attorney’s Fees Of $201,750 (CA)

We do not really need to get into the specifics of Mustafa v. Mountain View Park Homeownerss Assn., Inc., Case No. E063529 (4th Dist., Div. 2 Aug. 8, 2017) (unpublished), but the end result in sobering for purposes of our

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Lawyers Fear SF’s Millennium Tower Could Tilt 10 More Inches by 2019 (CA)

At its current rate, San Francisco’s troubled Millennium Tower could tilt another 10 inches toward the Salesforce Tower in the next two years, lawyers for the homeowners warned in a legal filing urging a speedy trial over the sinking building.

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Laguna Woods Village homeowners association bans short-term rentals (CA)

The United Mutual board unanimously approved revisions to the qualifiers for subleasing manors regarding short-term rentals, targeted at online, vacation-style rentals such as Airbnb, at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The revisions come after increases in illegal occupant violations

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Rich residents shocked their private street was sold because of a $14 HOA error (CA)

Presidio Terrace is a block-long, oval street dotted with 35 megamillion-dollar mansions known for famous residents including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.  It’s a street known for its exclusivity — a guard is always on duty

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HOA Homefront: Failed plumbing? Who is responsible?

Q: Recently our homeowners association called a meeting to let us know they want to change our CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) specifically to have homeowners be responsible for the pipes inside our walls. They claim they are having problems

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Truckee-area HOA considering short-term rental limits (CA)

Short-term rental use is on the rise in Tahoe-Truckee, but that may not be the case for long in at least one local neighborhood.  The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is considering adopting regulations that would limit the use short-term rental

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They responded to Trump with a lawn sign. Then came a homeowners association letter (CA)

A few months ago, Bill and Diane Durston placed an “In Our America” yard sign in front of their Gold River home.  The sign, resembling an American flag, states: “In Our America, all people are equal, love is love, black

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Safety versus privacy: the Sand Canyon HOA weighs the choices (CA)

About 900 Sand Canyon residents, many whose homes were threatened by last year’s deadly and devastating Sand Fire, are on a list of emails compiled by their homeowners association to be notified in the event of a similar disaster.  But

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Future of Millennium Tower’s earthquake safety remains unknown (CA)

Millennium Tower tenants and city supervisors were not satisfied on Tuesday with the breadth of a recent engineering report that found the sinking high-rise could currently withstand an 8.0 earthquake.  Though the Millennium Tower is sinking by an inch a

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Lake Pillsbury area homeowners weigh in on dam removal proposals (CA)

In a letter addressed to the Lake Pillsbury Homeowners Association, president Frank Lynch wrote that the topic of PG&E’s filing to renew its license to maintain Lake Pillsbury as part of the Potter Valley Project with FERC was discussed at

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HOA Homefront: Readers ask if board elections and votes for loan are fair?

Q: I own units in many different HOAs, including one in Huntington Beach. The HOA board has recently promulgated new rules regarding qualifications required for being elected to the board, and only owners who live on-site in the development are

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Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA)

Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s

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Rancho Santa Margarita resident, HOA at odds over drought-tolerant front lawn

Jeff Armbruster installed a drought-tolerant front lawn including nine yards of pink sandstone at his Rancho Santa Margarita home. He is now in trouble with the Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation because the yard isn’t covered with 85 percent

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Residents ‘blindsided’ by removal of Torrey Pine tree in Bay Ho (CA)

A 45-year-old Torrey Pine tree was cut down on Tuesday outside a condo complex in Bay Ho, causing concern to some residents who say they were never notified.  “I’m heart broken,” said Eileen Dougherty, a 29-year resident of the complex.

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Old Paradise Pines Golf Course now a fire hazard? (CA)

The same residents who were once drawn to live near a lush green golf course in Magalia now look out their back windows in fear.  Dead grass and overgrown weeds have turned the former fairways of the Paradise Pines Golf

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Oakmont News reporters quit as political fallout widens after pickleball dispute (CA)

In another blow to the convulsing retirement community of Oakmont, four retired journalists have quit the all-volunteer staff of the village’s newsletter after a new officer of the homeowners’ association board demanded that stories be submitted to the board for

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Broken hydrant floods Mission Valley condo complex, displaces families (CA)

A broken hydrant flooded parts of a Mission Valley condominium complex Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle.  Around 11 a.m., an 80-foot geyser formed inside the Mission Gate Condominiums on Camino de la Reina near Mission Center Road.

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HOA gets OK to remove troublesome oaks

A Newbury Park homeowners association has received planning commission approval to cut down 15 coast live oaks that are damaging neighborhood infrastructure.  Though the 20-year-old trees—planted by the Larry Court HOA in 1998—are protected under city law, commissioners said July

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It will cost $240 to charge electric vehicles and golf carts at Laguna Woods Village (CA)

Laguna Woods Village’s Third Mutual on Tuesday, July 18 passed a resolution to make amendments to its plug-in electric vehicle and golf cart policies and procedures, including fines for unpermitted use of common-area electricity.     Read the article…………..

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Residents Escape Condo Fire in Walnut Creek

Shooting flames popped out of a condominium complex in Walnut Creek early Wednesday, but residents living inside the building were able to escape unharmed, according to Contra Costa County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Quesada.    Read the article…………..

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No signs of healing in Oakmont as political fallout deepens after pickleball vote (CA)

The political acrimony in Oakmont deepened Tuesday with calls for the president of the homeowners’ association to step down and a surprise call to ask residents to decide — by popular vote — the future of a terminated pickleball court

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Twice annual tree trimming is not enough for seaside condo owner (CA)

A dispute over ocean views in Del Mar that has simmered since the 1990s heated up again this week when a condo owner demanded that the trees and shrubbery at the edge of a nearby 5.8-acre lot be trimmed every

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