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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Canyon Lake POA employee receives prestigious industry award (CA)
    Canyon Lake Property Owners Association (CLPOA) employee Harmony McNaughton received the prestigious 2024 California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Innovator Vision Award on Thursday, February 27, during the CACM Law Seminar & Expo at the Disneyland Hotel and Convention Center.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner Associations: Attorney’s Fees Are Not Fiduciary Duty Breach Tort Damages And $1.328 Million Fee Award Against Individual Directors Under Civil Code Section 5975 Reversed As A Matter Of Law. (CA)
    In Colyear v. Rolling Hills Community Assn. of Rancho Palos Verdes, Case No. B308382 (2d Dist., Div. 4 Mar. 1, 2024) (partially published; fee discussion not published), plaintiff homeowner won a declaratory relief action based on a dispute over tree-trimming covenants in certain recorded Declarations, with the lower court awarding plaintiff over $1.328 million in attorney’s fees  Read the article…………………………….
  • Corona Woman Sentenced In Federal Embezzlement Case (CA)
    A Corona woman was sentenced Friday to four years and nine months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $1 million from her employer.  Jenev Boyd, 60, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sunshine S. Sykes, who also ordered her to pay $780,810 in restitution.  Boyd was a long-time employee and director of accounting for Corona-based Encore Property Management, which provides property management services to its homeowner association clients — primarily in the Inland Empire.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Thousands of California Homeowners to Lose Their Insurance
    Thousands of California homeowners will be out of luck as American National Group stops offering the state coverage.  American National Group, which was purchased by Brookfield Asset Management Reinsurance Partners for $5.1 billion around two years ago, is yet another insurance agency to leave the state as home repair prices surge amid wildfires and heightened HOA costs.     Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront – Reader Question – Our HOA Has No Board (CA)
    Dear Kelly, I have been a member of a small condo for over two years. There are no board members and the HOA doesn’t meet either in person or virtually. All communication is via email for voting. One owner acts as an accountant, quasi-treasurer, just paying bills and preparing quarterly statements. People have given her more authority than sometimes I think is warranted. If there are no directors, what does that mean when it comes to the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Developments Act requirements?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • For some residents of East Garrison, their dream home has become a nightmare. (CA)
    The overarching story they all tell is that over the course of the last year-plus, leadership changes in the HOA – which has a board of four residents and one seat for a representative from a developer – combined with a new company managing the HOA, …… have turned what was once a peaceful, neighborly community into what they view as a de facto authoritarian state with few checks on its power.     Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: New Law Restricting Watering of HOA “Nonfunctional Turf” (CA)
    Dear Mr. Richardson: Can you address AB1572 which will have a huge effect financially on our HOA?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • In the face of $4.8 million fine, Rio Del Mar HOA doubles down and erects a new coastal fence (CA)
    What’s in a fence? For a Rio Del Mar homeowners association, state regulators and local residents, a brand-new barrier blocking the public from a beachside walkway represents the latest turn in a winding, yearslong battle around public access and private property rights.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New security cameras now operating in Spyglass Hill as part of pilot program (CA)
    As part of a pilot program approved last June by the Newport Beach City Council, private security cameras are now up and running in the public right-of-way at the entrances to the Spyglass Hill neighborhood.  Eight cameras were deployed on Monday and Tuesday, with two at each of the four main thoroughfares to Spy Glass Hill Road. The cameras went online and were fully tested Wednesday, according to Spyglass Hill Community Assn. President Bruce Horn.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: Reader wants to know, ‘Is my dog allowed?’ (CA)
    Q: I am hoping you could help me with my HOA that’s trying to remove my daughter’s support dog because of its weight and breed. They are threatening to come and have her removed because she got too big. Can they do this? It would devastate my daughter if they took her dog  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Fire Damages Condo Complex In Venice (CA)
    A fire damaged a condo in Venice Wednesday, but firefighters were able to stop it from spreading to nearby units.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Firefighters battle large blaze at Long Beach condo complex, rescue severely injured dog (CA)
    More than two dozen Fire Department vehicles rushed to the scene of a blaze burning at a condo complex at Pacific Coast Highway and Bellflower Boulevard in East Long Beach on Monday evening   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Do Our Balconies Require Inspection? (CA)
    Kelly, I am on the board for our HOA, which is comprised of single family residences. Does the new balcony law pertain to our situation? Quite a few of our homes have decks on the rear for a better view, all going through an architectural application to the architectural committee. Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Rohnert Park condominium fire displaces two families; ashes left on balcony likely cause (CA)
    Fireplace ashes left on a balcony likely caused a Rohnert Park condominium fire that displaced two families Thursday afternoon, investigators said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Displaced families struggle to find housing after condominium fire in Oxnard (CA)
    The department was able to get utilities turned back on for some units and the residents were able to go home, but two units were red-tagged, meaning those homes were unsafe to occupy and needed extensive repairs, according to Hamilton. Rivera’s home was one of them.   Read the article………………………………
  • 7 displaced, firefighter injured in Saratoga condominium complex fire (CA)
    Crews responded to a fire at a condominium complex in Saratoga on Friday, the Santa Clara County Fire Department announced on X. Around 11:58 a.m., multiple condominium units in the area of Stoneridge Drive had been affected by the blaze.   Read the article……………………………
  • HOA Homefront: Reader Questions – Who Insures What in the Planned Development? (CA)
    Kelly: Can a Planned Unit Development purchase “Bare Walls” fire insurance for residences since the HOA does not own them?    Read the article………………………….
  • Coastal Commission weighs $4.7M fine for Rio Del Mar homeowners (CA)
    The homeowners association governing most of those townhomes believes the path is private, and a Santa Cruz County judge agreed last year. The California Coastal Commission, the über-powerful agency that oversees land use along the state’s coast, has long argued that the path is public. Now, the commission is threatening penalties unprecedented in Santa Cruz County.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • Santa Cruz County homeowners face $4.7 million in fines for blocking public access to beach walkway (CA)
    Citing violations as far back as 1982, the commission will weigh a staff recommendation to fine the Rio Del Mar Beach Island Homeowners Association – and its estimated 27-home membership, most of which are vacation rentals – more than $4.7 million. Allegations include blocking the public’s access to a 37-foot-wide, almost quarter-mile long stretch of walkway adjacent to the beach and failure to maintain native plants along a revetment abutting the walkway and row of properties.    Read the article……………………………
  • HOA stuns community after setting unprecedented standards for landscaping: ‘We have to do this’ (CA)
    One homeowners association in Bakersfield, California, broke the mold this year by removing grass lawns and installing “water-wise” landscaping, 23ABC reported.    Read the article…………………………..
  • HOA Homefront: A dozen long-term HOA challenges (CA)
    Dear Readers, this marks the 700th “HOA Homefront” column since it debuted in 2005. At this milestone, I would like to share with you 12 significant challenges for HOAs.   Read the Q&A………………………
  • Canyon Lake POA completes sale of fire station to City of Canyon Lake (CA)
    In a historic move, today marks the culmination of 11 months of negotiations as the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association completes the sale of the fire station to the City of Canyon Lake. Escrow is expected to close today, December 8.    Read the article……………………………
  • OCFA Firefighters Put Out Flames in Lake Forest Condo (CA)
    Two people were taken to a hospital from a fire in a second-story unit of a Lake Forest condominium unit, authorities said Monday.   Read the article………………………………
  • HOA Homefront: Q&A on elections and board shenanigans (CA)
    Boards should not be playing tactical games to preserve their power. It’s a volunteer position, and if the community would prefer different leadership, egos need to be set aside in favor of the HOA’s democratic process   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Rancho Santa Fe homeowners group illegally collected $1.5M in COVID-19 relief (CA)
    The Rancho Santa Fe Association, the nonprofit homeowners group that runs a historic golf course and other amenities in the exclusive covenant near Del Mar, has acknowledged it applied for and collected $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds it was not eligible to receive.    Read the article………………………………
  • Hancock Park condo residents sue over ‘life-threatening’ flooding (CA)
    When it rains, it really, really pours at The Rossmore. During one heavy storm last winter, 29 cars were flooded in the condominium complex’s underground parking garage at 585 N. Rossmore Ave.  “Every car was a total loss,” said Caroline Debbané, president of The Rossmore Owners Association (the condo residents’ HOA).   Read the article…………………………….
  • Canyon fire re-ignites community action (CA)
    In the aftermath of the three-alarm fire that suddenly broke out in Canyon last month, awakening residents – most of whom evacuated immediately to Pinehurst Road and beyond – the community is now coming together to hone battle plans for what may come.   Read the article………………………………
  • New CA law allows homeowners to sell their ADU similar to a condominium
    A new California law opens the door for homeowners to sell an ADU in their backyard. Supporters said this will create more affordable housing, but not everyone is convinced it will work in San Diego   Read the article……………………………..
  • Report claims rain caused massive landslide in Rolling Hills Estates (CA)
    After a massive landslide destroyed a dozen homes and forced widespread evacuations in Rolling Hills Estates, a new report released Friday claims excessive rainfall was to blame for the destruction.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Residents of East Garrison are coming to grips with taxes and fees that weren’t part of the sales pitch (CA)
    Residents were concerned about a recent property tax bill that showed an approximate 40-percent increase in charges related to the CSD, which pays for ongoing services, in perpetuity, for things within the district like park maintenance. (One homeowner who shared their bills from fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24 showed a jump from $1,586 to $2,218 for that line item.) And that’s on top of homeowner’s association fees, which run about $150 a month,     Read the article…………………………..
  • HOA Homefront: Do we have to Zoom? (CA)
    Q: I’m still confused about holding board meetings. We use Zoom for our meetings as we have no convenient place to meet in person. Is it a hard and fast rule that we must hold an occasional in-person meeting somewhere? If so, what if I offered to meet with any homeowners at the pool to answer any questions they may have? We could schedule this on a regular basis if necessary.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • HOA Homefront: Do We HAVE to Zoom, readers ask? (CA)
    Q: I’m still confused about holding board meetings. We use Zoom for our meetings as we have no convenient place to meet in person. Is it a hard and fast rule that we must hold an occasional in-person meeting somewhere? If so, what if I offered to meet with any homeowners at the pool to answer any questions they may have? We could schedule this on a regular basis if necessary.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • HOA suing over creation of Prescott Preserve at former golf course site will seek to negotiate settlement (CA)
    Until the lawsuit is resolved, the organization that purchased the property, Oswit Land Trust, has been prevented from making major changes, including any significant restoration.   Read the article………………………………
  • Reader Questions: Who’s the Boss – Manager or Board? (CA)
    Q:  I am president of an HOA with management whose performance has been lackluster. Lackluster is characterized by little to no communications unless initiated by the board, not following through with board instructions, and inability to manage our violations process in a steady and predictable manner.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Los Robles Estates Homeowners Association has become a nationally recognized Firewise USA community. “What that means” (CA)
    Residents of a Thousand Oaks neighborhood have come together to lower their wildfire risk. In so doing, the Los Robles Estates Homeowners Association has become a nationally recognized Firewise USA community. “What that means is that we have now received national recognition for having a framework for this community to be able to lower their wildfire risk     Read the article…………………………..
  • HOA Homefront: Readers want to know who watches the managers? (CA)
    Q: What state agency oversees management companies? The management company manager refuses to speak to any of the other board members except the president.   Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • Sinkhole forces La Jolla residents out of condo (CA)
    Residents of The La Jolla Terrace Condominium Complex are living in a hotel courtesy of the City of San Diego after a massive sink hole developed up against the property along Gilman Drive.     Read the article………………………………….
  • La Jolla condo building is closed after months of reports of damage (CA)
    Deteriorating conditions that started with a sinkhole next to the building on Gilman Drive have gotten worse in recent months, forcing some residents into a hotel at the city of San Diego’s expense.  Read the article………………………………..
  • California Association of Community Managers (CACM) Develops New Certification for Industry Service Providers
    The California Association of Community Managers is rolling out a new Certification Program tailored to the industry’s service providers. The new designation, California Certified Industry Partner (CCIP), will be awarded to individuals who complete the coursework and other requirements.    Read the article……………………………….
  • A new law allows homeowner to sell ADUs like condos, boosting homeownership. Here’s how AB 1033 works (CA)
    Accessory dwelling units, also referred to as ADUs and “granny flats,” have been available in California only as rentals. But a new law, Assembly Bill 1033, is giving Californians the opportunity to buy and sell them as condominiums.   Read the article…………………………..
  • HOA Homefront — Can the board enforce that? Why don’t they? (CA)
    Q: My HOA has made a bulk of the daily hours reserved for private use in our fitness rooms and saunas. Is this legal without a change in rules by the entire HOA?   Read the Q&A…………………………………..
  • Millennium Tower residents billed $6.8 million for fix overruns (CA)
    With work finally over on the so-called fix of the Millennium Tower, residents are now saddled with a $6.8 million bill out of an estimated $20 million in cost overruns on the long delayed and troubled retrofit project.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Insurers Are Fleeing Wildfire-Prone California. The State Has a Fix.
    California regulators are making reforms to the state’s insurance system, as companies flee amid rising climate risk that they say they aren’t properly compensated for.       Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Homefront — Board doesn’t act, and then won’t inform us when they do! (CA)
    Q: We are hopeful you can shed some light on these issues in our HOA:  Board members are elected for two-year terms. Our board did not schedule an election for the next term because the management company was unable to schedule an independent election-monitoring service until it was too late by our election deadline.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Bill to Protect Low Income Homeowners from Skyrocketing HOA Fees Heads to the Governor’s Desk (CA)
    Assemblymember Matt Haney’s (D-San Francisco) AB 572 passed out of the Senate Floor and heads to Governor’s desk awaiting signature.  This bill prohibits steep homeowner associations (HOA) fee increases that push low income homeowners into foreclosure by capping them at 5% plus the rate of inflation or 10%, whichever is less for below market rate owners.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Homefront — Appellate ruling OKs board email discussions (CA)
    There is a transparency law within the Davis-Stirling Act called the “Open Meeting Act,” containing requirements regarding governance transparency. For years, many HOA lawyers have discouraged their clients’ boards from deliberating in email regarding HOA issues, because it seemed to violate the Open Meeting Act.    Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners are increasingly taking legal action over pickleball racket (CA)
    Jaye Gleyzal moved to the Sea Cliff gated community in Carlsbad six years ago.  She enjoyed exploring its many walking paths and listening to the gentle buzz of busy hummingbirds on her patio.  But that idyllic tranquility didn’t last.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo residents in UTC haven’t received mail in months (CA)
    The mailboxes at the Renaissance Capri condominium complex in the UTC area have been broken for months and neighbors say, when it comes to getting it fixed, the only thing being delivered is excuses.    Read the article………………………..
  • Fire officials: Home explosion in Santa Maria accidental, caused by open natural gas outlet (CA)
    One Santa Maria home is destroyed and nearly two dozen others are damaged after a house caught fire and exploded. On Thursday, much destruction was still present in the neighborhood, with multiple red tags on the damaged homes. “This is my first time dealing with this. I don’t usually deal with explosions like this,” said Joe Cedillos, president of the Homeowners Association for Hancock Village, where the explosion took place.    Read the article………………………..
  • Thousand Oaks condo fire kills 3 animals, displaces 4 people (CA)
    A Friday morning fire killed two cats and a dog and displaced four people from a Thousand Oaks condominium complex.  One resident escaped the blaze by climbing out of their second-story window onto a carport, said Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Brian McGrath.    Read the article………………………..
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