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Homeowners Association in Natomas Sparks Anger (CA)

A grassroots effort is underway in Natomas to possibly take down a homeowners association because of too many ticky-tack policies.  At the center of the controversy is the Natomas Park Community Center. The homeowners association is asking residents to vote

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Millennium Partners blames sinking of tower on Transbay Terminal excavations

Millennium Partners held their news conference on the same day San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera formally subpoenaed them as part of his office’s investigation into whether the developer complied with state law by disclosing known structural sinking issues to

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Here’s How Much a Condo in the Sinking Millennium Tower Will Cost You Right Now

Some condos sitting inside San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower remain on the market, but the pricing estimates for those million dollar dwellings are hundreds of thousands less than previously listed amounts.According to Redfin, a real estate brokerage, the asking prices

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San Francisco City Attorney Serves Millennium Tower Partners Subpoena (CA)

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office on Tuesday served the Millennium Tower partners with a subpoena over the sinking 58-story condo tower, seeking all information that was disclosed to the buyers before they moved in.  While Dennis Herrera has said

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Meeting Without A Quorum

QUESTION: Two out of five board members attended an open meeting. To establish quorum, the president called one of the absent members on his cellphone and called the meeting to order. The director on the phone then hung up. With

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The Basics of Homeowners Association Disputes Part 1 – Mediation

HOA disputes are something that we see on a regular basis. Although in a perfect world, none of us would get in disputes with our neighbors, the reality is that disputes between neighbors, or the association and an owner, are

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Dog killed, woman arrested after 4-alarm condo complex fire in San Mateo (CA)

San Mateo firefighters battled a 4-alarm fire at a condo complex on the 2300 block of Ticonderoga Drive overnight.  Firefighters said a resident was taken into custody for fighting with San Mateo police, and attempting to run back into the

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HOA told to back off on short-term rental restrictions (CA)

The California Coastal Commission has ordered a homeowners association in Oxnard to rescind its recently passed regulation on short-term rentals and warned that the association could face hefty fines.  In an Aug. 26 letter sent to the Mandalay Shores Community

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin says city could be at fault in sinking Millennium Tower debacle (CA)

San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim are calling for an investigation into the city’s role in approving Millennium Tower despite repeated concerns stretching back to when it was under construction.  After news broke last month that Millennium Tower

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Who maintains decks and balconies in an HOA? (CA)

Q. I have read your article on exclusive use common areas and don’t get whether in a planned development the decks and balconies are in this category. (In our association) some homes have decks, some have balconies, some have chimneys,

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HOA Homefront: Should we worry about upcoming change in law for common areas?

Q. I have read your article on exclusive-use common areas and don’t get whether in a planned development the decks and balconies are in this category. In our association, some homes have decks, some have balconies, some have chimneys, some

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Are Non-resident HOA Directors Bad For The Community?

“Hello, I live in a condo complex with 69 units. I am on the board with eight other people. Three of our board members do not live in our complex. They own a unit and rent out their units. What

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Not guilty verdict in barking dog dispute that ended in nonfatal shooting (CA)

The dispute over barking dogs in a Gibbel Road condo complex in Hemet had lasted a few months, but on July 22, 2015, it escalated to a verbal and physical altercation ending with a father and son each shot in

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Mount Shasta Forest residents protest large pot grows (CA)

On the cross streets of Hotlum and Wintoon at the entrance to the Mount Shasta Forest Property Owner’s Association, just a few miles east of McCloud, there is a line of picketers protesting against illegal non-compliant growers. About a dozen

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HOA HOMEFRONT: When both spouses serve on the board

Q. There is a pending vacancy on our board and our new president hinted that he will name his wife to the vacancy. I don’t see anything in our laws that prevent this. What do you think?  Read the Q&A…………….

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Reader questions: Who fires the bad contractor?

Q. A company the general membership voted to select is performing work at our complex. In researching the contractor’s license, it was discovered the license has been suspended and the owner had previously filed bankruptcy.  Read the Q&A………….

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Wealthy California Neighborhood Still Has ‘Whites Only’ Ownership Rule from 1959

A wealthy El Dorado Hills, California neighborhood still has racist rules banning non-whites from owning homes.  According to CBS 13, a resident in Lakehills Estates has spoken out against the racist rules banned two decades ago.  Homeowner Cameron Foster rediscovered

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West Creek and West Hills HOA recalls board, slates new members (CA)

Homeowners in the West Creek and West Hills Community Association voted to oust their five member board of directors Aug. 18.  According to a West Hills and West Creek community bulletin, approximately 90 percent of the 682 ballots received were

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Who should fire a contractor?

Q. A company that the general membership voted to select is performing work at our complex. In researching the selected company’s contractor’s license, it was discovered that the license has been suspended and the owner had previously filed bankruptcy. Our

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Oxnard (CA) dispute over short-term rental rules heads to court

New rules approved by an Oxnard Shores homeowners association regulating vacation rentals go into effect Saturday, but they face legal challenges.  A couple who rents out property on Reef Way is suing the Mandalay Shores Community Association for passing regulations

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Crews extinguish 3-alarm fire at Anaheim condo complex (CA)

Firefighters put out a 3-alarm blaze that spread to two condos and a garage at a complex in Anaheim. One person was being treated for injuries at the scene.   Read the article…………

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Oxnard (CA) seeks input from neighborhood divided over short-term rentals

“I am very much for the city taking the lead in doing this in a fair way versus going through the HOA,” Conrad said.  The Mandalay Shores Community Association, the homeowners association that represents the Oxnard Shores neighborhood, recently approved

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23ABC Investigates: HOA warns residents of potential fines for dead lawns, CA water board disagrees

Several residents in the Rio Vista Community Association received notices that they were going to be fined for having brown spots in their lawns.  Many of those residents said they were watering the maximum three days per week and felt

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HOA HOMEFRONT: New law eases condominium lending requirements

While HOA law is primarily a state law issue, federal government is increasingly involved in issues including housing discrimination, satellite dishes, amateur radio antennae and environmental law.  One of the largest expansions of federal involvement occurred in 2009, when the

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HOA Homefront: Deliberation by email is a common violation

Q. Recently our manager sent the following to the board: “Can I give the homeowner approval to install?” This responded to a board member submitting, on behalf of a homeowner (a requested architectural item) for board approval. I believe the

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Does An Action To Enforce A Settlement Agreement Also Enforce CC&R Documents Under The Davis-Stirling Act?

You Betcha, Said 4/2 DCA In Recent Opinion Affirming Noncompliance With Settlement Agreement And Fee Recovery Of About $19,000 Against Homeowners.   Read the article…………..

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First lawsuit filed over leaning tower of SF

Four law firms said Tuesday they were teaming up with John Eng, a resident in the 58-story tower, in a lawsuit against building owner Millennium Partners and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority — the public entity behind the Transbay Transit

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Owners will go to court to evict 100-year-old (CA)

The owners of a San Francisco condominium are still trying to evict their 99-year-old tenant and are taking her to court Wednesday.  Iris Canada has lived in the condo for the past 50 years and has been fighting eviction since

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American Flag Leads to HOA Flap (CA)

A Calimesa man says his homeowner association doesn’t want him to fly the American flag, and he has vowed to fight back after it issued him a $300 ticket.  Ron King sees the rules prohibiting flagpoles within JP Ranch as

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FHA pulls rug from under resident’s retirement

Her three-bedroom condo in Talega Gallery no longer qualified for Federal Housing Administration-insured loans. As a result, she can’t get a reverse mortgage.  Even more aggravating is that Talega Gallery actually does not violate the FHA rules, which ban FHA

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Communicating by email

Q. Recently, our manager sent the following to the board: “Can I give the homeowner approval to install?” This (was in response) to a board member submitting, on behalf of a homeowner, (a requested architectural item) for board approval. I

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How low will it go? Millennium Tower’s troubles haven’t peaked

Revelations that the Millennium Tower in downtown San Francisco has sunk 16 inches and is tilting are just the opening act in a mega-million-dollar “who knew what and when” drama that portends even more troubles ahead for the high-end high-rise.

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Want to buy a condo? See how a new law could expand FHA options here in O.C. (CA)

For 15 years, Judy Johnson planned to get a reverse mortgage when she retired, supplementing her Social Security with proceeds from her San Clemente condo.  But after she stopped seeing clients and shut down her public relations business last year,

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Carson residents push for quicker payout of settlement in contamination case (CA)

A court-appointed mediator said he is working to quickly determine how much each property owner will receive based on their degree of pain and suffering and send checks by Christmas. But homeowners association President Barbara Post and others said this

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Condo owners see dead people, sue cemetery for $17M (CA)

Residents of a Lomita condominium complex filed suit Friday against the city of Rancho Palos Verdes and a cemetery, seeking $17 million in damages and a court order to stop rooftop interments that occur within eyesight of the homeowners.  

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Millennium Partners Hits Back (CA)

Those behind Millennium Tower hit back at critics this week who alleged the building’s foundation was not sturdy enough. Builders of the luxury tower specifically targeted claims leveled against them by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, noting all engineering plans

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(CA S.F.) Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

Under Campos’ measure, property owners will have to notify their tenants of existing requirements for smoke alarms, and file reports on their compliance with the city every two years. Tang’s measure requires landlords and homeowners’ associations to provide information about

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New law to help condo buying has uncertain start (CA)

A bill passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by Obama calls on the FHA to lower the owner occupancy requirement for condo complexes from 50 percent, which is hard to find in San Diego County, to 35 percent.

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HOA HOMEFRONT: How to reduce your stress level

For many years, advising associations could be quite stressful, as I would sometimes make recommendations to clients which they would then reject. However, one of the defining moments in my HOA law career was when I realized that my role

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SF’s landmark tower for rich and famous is sinking and tilting (CA)

The Millennium Tower, a leading symbol of San Francisco’s new high-rise and high-end living, is sinking — setting the stage for what could be one of the most contentious and costly real estate legal battles the city has ever seen.

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Emergency HOA assessment may be needed to repair roof

Q: I’m the president of a very small local homeowners association. We used to be an apartment complex that was converted to condominiums about 14 years ago. There are 22 total units.  We are at a point where there is

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HOA board faces recall vote (CA)

The five board members of the West Creek and West Hills Community Association face a rare recall vote next month.  The vote was scheduled for Aug. 18 after more than 5 percent of the association members signed a petition calling

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Residents displaced in University City condo fire (CA)

A fire sparked by a plumber’s torch tore through a University City condominium building Thursday afternoon, causing an estimated $600,000 worth of damage and leaving 16 people in need of interim lodging.  The non-injury blaze erupted about 1:30 p.m. in

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Carson’s contaminated Carousel tract wins $120 million settlement (CA)

Workers have only just begun removing millions of tons of oil-caked soil left buried for decades in the yards of Carson’s Carousel tract, but a long-awaited financial settlement for the pain and suffering of residents likely will be disbursed before

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How to Create Transparency and Accountability in Your Community Association

Successful homeowners associations function smoothly by basing community operations on transparency, accountability and communication. This requires exhibiting these values at every level, for issues big and small. Transparency is a long-term strategy that helps ensure the smooth operation of your

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Sobering Case for HOAs, Good One for Homeowners

Winchester Community Assn. v. Perrotta, Case No. C075562 (3d Dist. July 21, 2016) (unpublished) involved a situation where homeowners and an HOA got into a dispute over the review of submission of landscaping plans. Association won at the trial level

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HOA Homefront: Some suggestions on short-term rental woes

Q. We own a house and a rental in a homeowners association. The association directors are proposing to raise the HOA dues on rental units because of certain “administrative” costs associated with rentals.  It seems to me that this is

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Questions: On assessments, must they pay THAT?

Q. I’ve lived in my condo 3 years. Since I’ve been here, the association dues have skyrocketed. The management claims assessments are owed. Is there some law that can perhaps put a cap on the amount or the time frame

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CDC Study: Second-Hand Smoke Drifts into Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

People living in apartments or condos who have established smoke-free homes are still being exposed to the dangers of second-hand smoke, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.     Read the article……………

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Stalled San Juan (CA) community gets a new life

Visitors who have never been to Pacifica San Juan may be in for some surprises.  For one thing, homeowners who were left to fend for themselves during the downturn went through tough times but have kept their neighborhoods looking like

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