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Hayward residents furious after string of mail thefts caught on camera (CA)

Hayward residents are furious that someone is breaking into their mailboxes and stealing their personal items, and many of the thefts have been caught on camera.  One resident reached out to KRON4 News and is hoping that the United States

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Homeowners can opt out of newly incorporated associations (CA)

Q: Our neighborhood is established and has had an unincorporated homeowners association that has worked well for decades. But recent outside threats have given cause to incorporate in spite of enthusiastic opposition from some homeowners. Is it possible to incorporate

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HOA Homefront: Two views of architectural enforcement

Q: You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems this is poking their noses in where they don’t belong. Is it legal?   Read the Q&A…………..

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Residents say HOA’s fence plan costing them (CA)

Thousands of San Diegans pay monthly fees to a homeowners association that’s supposed to maintain their neighborhood, but a group of Tierrasanta residents says their HOA’s plan to beautify their area is getting them surprise bills.  The Villa Portofino development

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WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety (CA

Faced with dozens of letters in opposition and a crowd carrying signs saying “voluntary,” the West Hollywood City Council last night quickly yielded to owners of condominiums who demanded it not require them to protect their buildings against earthquakes.  The

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Assembly Judiciary Committee Approves Wieckowski Bill (CA)

A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning. SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

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HOA Homefront: Can board deny privileges if homeowners aren’t paying?

Q: Our homeowners association reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, with many renters. Can we deny access to the automatic transponder gate to delinquent owners/renters and require that

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HOA Homefront: Can managers legally encourage association members to vote?

Q: Dear Mr. Richardson: I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90 percent of the homes are owner-occupied. For the last three years, we have been unable to obtain a quorum. Each election we tried three times,

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Oceano homeowner shares HOA struggles as a lesson to others (CA)

A local woman is being forced to remove a room she added to her home because she didn’t follow her homeowner’s association guidelines.  Sheila Eckert, a special education tutor, has lived in her Old Avocado Ranch home in Oceano since

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Six evacuated after Fresno condominium fire (CA)

Six people were left homeless Friday night after a condominium fire in east-central Fresno, city Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said.  The fire is suspected to have started inside a washing machine on the first floor of the two-story building, Escobedo

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Closed Adobe Creek golf course in rough times (CA)

When Robert DeCelles bought his home adjacent to the Adobe Creek Golf Course in east Petaluma, he savored his picturesque view on the fourth fairway of the verdant green links.  Now, as he sits on his patio on the late

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1st Amendment Fight Flares In Beachwood Canyon (CA)

The Hollywoodland Homeowners Assoc. is now requiring petitioners gain approval from the association’s board and obtain $280 liability insurance to set up a folding table to gather signatures in a small public plaza, called the Village Green, that the association

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Collingwood Heights Homeowners’ Association alleges roofs on condos were not properly installed (CA)

A nonprofit corporation formed to manage a multistory condo development has filed a suit over several leaky roofs.  Collingwood Heights Homeowners’ Association filed a complaint on April 18 in the San Francisco County Superior Court against The Lawson Roofing Co.

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Firefighters Put Out Condominium Blaze in Chatsworth (CA)

The blaze was reported about 8:30 a.m. in the 10000 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  The fire was in the wall and attic of the 2-story condo.  It took firefighters about 25 minutes

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Court: Senior Citizens Can Seek Punitive Damages in Religious Discrimination Suit Against HOA

A court has rejected the latest attempt by a homeowners’ association to shield itself from punitive damages for shutting down Bible studies and a Sunday worship service.   Read the article………….

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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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