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- February 18, 2016
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Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email, this is not allowed.  Read the article………

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- May 16, 2015
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Many common interest community associations struggle filling open director seats on their boards. Frustrated and discouraged boards periodically consult with me, questioning how their association can proceed when they have a hard time finding enough volunteers to simply meet quorum. There are four main reasons why associations have difficulty finding volunteers, but each of the […]

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- May 12, 2015
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The current drought endured by the state of California is not its first rodeo. Between 1987 and 1992 the second driest period in California history ravaged much of our country not the least of which, in the southwest. Fast forward nearly 20 years and front and center in the hearts and minds of many Californians […]

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- May 6, 2015
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A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or “SLAPP” is a civil lawsuit brought to either prevent or punish another person for exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government or to speak about public issues. The primary purposes of these lawsuits is to use the courts to obtain economic or other coercive leverage over […]

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- April 22, 2015
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With a population of about 6,000 people, Sun City Shadow Hills is larger than many small towns. Its 55-and-over residents flit from single-family homes to golf courses to pickleball and tennis courts, some driving golf carts alongside cars on the gated community’s rolling streets. Dogs abound. Joggers wave to one another in morning sunlight.  Much […]

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- April 4, 2015
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If your HOA board has hired a manager for the first time, there are a number of things it can anticipate the management company will ask for. The Board can prepare for the manager in advance by gathering specific documents and records pertaining to your homeowners association.     Read more……..

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- March 30, 2015
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Finding a contractor who will perform quality work at a reasonable price can be a daunting task for any HOA board. It’s always a good idea to use contractor caution and ask for references, contact the Better Business Bureau and your state licensing bureau to see if there are complaints against a prospective contractor. In […]

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- March 27, 2015
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Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Case No. A134542 (December 13, 2012) – in which the California Court of Appeals for the First District held that architects could be sued by a homeowner’s associations (“HOA”) and, by implication, […]

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- March 25, 2015
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This one is truly frightening and shows why fee shifting is a potential game changer in litigation.  Plaintiffs were condo owners who also engaged in short term renting, deciding to challenge enforcement of certain HOA regulations imposing fees for such renting activities,   Read more……….

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- March 23, 2015
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As a member of your HOA board you have a big responsibility to enhance, maintain and protect your homeowners association. You also have the legal authority to carry out your role, but where do you get this authority?   Read more……..

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- March 16, 2015
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There is nothing as serene as a warm, crackling fire on a cold, winter night. There is also nothing more dangerous if your chimney is damaged. When is the last time that you have checked on your chimney safety in the homeowners association?    Read more………

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