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Community Association Legislative Update - New Laws for 2017/2018

October 2, 2017

  by Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL 2017 is on track to be one of the most active as far asread more...

#286- HOA Homefront – Manager: It Might Be You, Or Maybe Us

September 30, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Many associations struggle with a poor manager relatiread more...

#285- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – We Can’t Email or Talk? Limits on Board Discussions Outside Meetings

September 13, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Mr. Richardson: Our management company recentread more...

#286- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – I Demand That Be In The Minutes (and When Will I See Them?)

September 6, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Mr. Richardson: Does the HOA board have an obread more...

#284- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - It's My Balcony And My Fine, Right?

August 29, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Hello Mr. Richardson, I own a two bedroom condo with read more...

#282- HOA Homefront – Bare Walls or Full Coverage – Insurance Brokers Weigh in

August 11, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discread more...

#281- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Now It’s Our Plumbing?

August 3, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Hi Kelly, My spouse and I read your column regularread more...

#280- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Elections – Is That Fair?

August 3, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Kelly:   I own units in many differenread more...

#279- HOA Homefront – Don’t Make Them Guess – Is Your HOA Architectural Application Process Complete?

July 27, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   A fundamental HOA purpose is to preserve the associatread more...

#278- HOA Homefront – Before Painting Garage Doors Purple

July 18, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Associations are normally created with an initial arcread more...

#277- HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Their Cameras Make ME Insecure

July 13, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Hey Kelly, A new owner in our condo complex rentedread more...

#276- HOA Homefront – A Boarding Hearing Notice - Now What?

July 6, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL A notice of a disciplinary hearing is not the best kind of mailread more...

#274- HOA Homefront – Readers Questions - They Aren't Paying

June 29, 2017

Dear Kelly:   Our HOA reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse byread more...

#273- HOA Homefront – Readers Questions - They Won't Vote!

June 20, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Mr. Richardson: I have been a director of a mid-read more...

#272 - HOA Homefront – The Rules … On Rules

June 16, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   It is important to create good association operating read more...

#271 - HOA Homefront – Recipe For Reasonable Rules

June 8, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   One important board responsibility is to adopt and enread more...

Is Your Debt Collection Process Fair? California Civil Code vs. FDCPA

May 30, 2017

By Matthew A. Gardner, Esq.   It isn’t often that the Community Interest Developments in read more...

#270 - HOA Homefront - Does Your HOA Have The Required Rules?

May 29, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “ruread more...

#269 - HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Copies Cost THAT Much?

May 23, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Kelly: Recently my family sold a house and paread more...

#268 - HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Can We Skip The Reserve Account?

May 15, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Dear Mr. Richardson: I am wondering, are HOAs requireread more...

#267 - HOA Homefront - What Can They See?

May 15, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Mr. Richardson: I am one of a couple employees in read more...

#266 - HOA Homefront - When Laws Collide - Child Safety Or Discrimination?

May 8, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   Common interest development associations (aka “HOAs”)read more...

#265 - HOA Homefront – The Drought Emergency is Over… Back to Business as Usual?

April 30, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL   On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Ordread more...

#264 - HOA Homefront – Volunteer Means NO PROFIT

April 24, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Mr. Richardson: A board member also owns several pread more...

#263 - HOA Homefront – You’re STILL In The Meeting?

April 17, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   As someone who regularly attends HOA board meetings, I canread more...

#262 - HOA Homefront – Leave My Tenant Alone!

April 11, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hello Mr. Richardson, I recently received a letter fromread more...

#261 - HOA Homefront – Enforcing Unwritten Rules?

April 3, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hello Mr. Richardson, Your articles are a wonderful resread more...

#260 - Exclusive Use Common Areas – What You Might Not Know

March 28, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Many condominium buyers do not understand what they boughtread more...

#259 - Whose Pipes Are Those?

March 22, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hi Kelly, I hope all is well. Thank you for your great read more...

#258 - HOA Needs Intensive Care

March 16, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hello Mr. Richardson, Long story short, the members havread more...

#257 - The Board Balancing Act

March 9, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   The ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang deals with oppread more...

#256 - We’re STILL Dealing With Drought?

March 2, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson, Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawnsread more...

#255 - Don’t Be Caught Napping - Your Rights At Risk!

February 27, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Some well-intentioned ideas can boomerang and hurt those wread more...

#254 - Who’s Meeting Is it; I Wasn’t Invited

February 21, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson, In the spirit of shedding light on HOA read more...

#253 - Unruly Meetings or Meeting Rules

February 16, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Other than the overall condition of the common areas, one read more...

#252 - Reader Questions - A Few Minutes About Minutes

February 10, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Kelly: Our president has delegated our property maread more...

Community Association Legislation New Laws for 2017

February 3, 2017

    By Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL   As we begin 2017, we reflect on theread more...

Ham Radios in Community Associations Moves One Step Closer to Law

February 3, 2017

  By Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL   The so called federal ham radio bill that wasread more...

"Hey, You Can't Pray Here!" - Requests for Religious Meetings in Common Area

February 3, 2017

  by Jonathan R. Davis, Esq. Religion, like politics, is a topic people typically avoread more...

#251 - Can We Eliminate Exclusive Use Areas?

February 1, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hi Kelly, Just read your article [on exclusive use commread more...

#250 - A Washout On Laundries?

January 24, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Kelly: Our HOA prohibits washers/dryers in upstairs units.read more...

#249 - HOA Annual Checkup - How Does Your HOA Score?

January 16, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Common interest developments, or homeowner associations (aread more...

#248 - HOA Homefront – New Year, and New HOA Laws (in 2017)

January 9, 2017

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   2016 was a relatively quiet year for HOAs in Sacramento, wread more...

#246 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Which Law do we Follow?

January 3, 2017

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson- Recently we have had issues with projecread more...

#245 - HOA Homefront – How Open is Open Forum?

December 27, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson: I read your column most weekends with grearead more...

#244 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Reservations Regarding Reserve Funds

December 19, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson: Is there a formula to help determine what read more...

#243 - HOA Homefront – No Kangaroo Courts Allowed - Disciplinary Hearings

December 12, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   If everyone followed the Golden Rule (“do unto others…”), read more...

#242 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Can Boards Pass Any Rule They Want?

December 5, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hi Kelly, I’m confused between rules and CC&R’s. Ouread more...

#241 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Who Prepares Delinquency Policy, and Who Votes On Special Assessment?

November 30, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. Attorney Richardson, We were recently informed by our management read more...

#240 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – What Can Managers Spend, and Should They Run Elections?

November 21, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. Hi Kelly, Thanks for your weekly articles. I have 2 questions. read more...

#239 - HOA Homefront – Risk vs. Reward - How to Make Community Service Fair

November 15, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. It is a basic truth that the risk in any venture should match the reread more...

#238 - HOA Homefront – The Business Judgment Rule - Not a Free Pass

November 7, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. The Business Judgment Rule (hereafter, “BJR” for brevity) protects dread more...

#237 - HOA Homefront – Protection For Volunteers - Business Judgment Rule

October 31, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. Association directors are unpaid, serving their neighbors as volunteread more...

#236 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Executive Session - Used or Abused?

October 24, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. Dear Sir: You have mentioned the open meeting law. You still have noread more...

#235 - HOA Homefront – What They Aren’t Telling You About Mold [Part 2]

October 17, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   [Part 2 of a series] You cannot clean up mold on youread more...

Responding to Natural Disasters

October 14, 2016

  by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL   Every year, thousands of Americans conread more...

Preparing for Amended Civil Code Section 4775

October 14, 2016

By Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL   Many CC&Rs, particularly those in older communitiesread more...

Ten Damaging HOA Myths

October 14, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Some myths are not only wrong, but harmful.  Here are read more...

Senate Bill 918 Becomes Law Imposing New Notice Requirements on Homeowners

October 14, 2016

  by Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL   In an effort to eliminate confusion as to howread more...

Court Upholds Association’s Right to Recover Attorneys’ Fees for Prevailing in and Action to Enforce the Rules and Regulations

October 14, 2016

  by Matthew Gardner, Esq.   Rules are an essential part of the governing docread more...

A Proactive Approach to Controlling Short Term Rentals in Your Community

October 14, 2016

  by Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL   Whether through the Courts, the Legislature oread more...

#234 - HOA Homefront – The Truth About Toxic Mold [Part 1]

October 10, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   In 2000, a new “toxic mold” panic swept the country, and sread more...

#233 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Do Chairs Vote, and a Rogue Director?

October 4, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hi Kelly, Recently, some board members from other HOAs read more...

#232 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Should We Worry About Upcoming Change in law?

September 28, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Mr. Richardson, I have read your article on exclusivread more...

#231 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Spouses Both Serving as Directors?

September 20, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Kelly: There is a pending vacancy in our board, and oread more...

#230 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Who Fires the Bad Contractor?

September 13, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Hello Kelly: A company that the general membership voteread more...

#229 - HOA Homefront – Federal Government HELPS! New Law Eases Condominium Lending Requirements

September 7, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   While HOA law is primarily a state law issue, federal goveread more...

#228 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Do We Pretend Email Doesn’t Exist?

August 29, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Kelly: Recently our manager sent the following to read more...

#227 - HOA Homefront – Border Protection – Observing Boundaries in the HOA

August 22, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Advising associations was for many years occasionally quitread more...

#226 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – HOA or Hotel? Short Term Rental Headaches

August 15, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Mr. Richardson: We own a house and a rental house read more...

#225 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Assessments – Must They Pay THAT?

July 25, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Mr. Richardson: I’ve lived in my condo 3 years.  Sread more...

#224 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Associations Suffer From Quorum Failure

July 18, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Mr. Richardson: I have been on our HOA board for eleven yeread more...

#223 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Leasing Minimums, Tenant Information

July 10, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Kelly, I enjoy reading your articles. With the issue of reread more...

#222 - HOA Homefront – The Open Meeting Act - A Checklist

July 3, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   The Open Meeting Act is a law within a law, found within tread more...

#221 - HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Forgotten Association, Late Board Packets

June 27, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear Mr. Richardson: The subdivision of single family hread more...

#220 - HOA Homefront – Legislative Suggestion Box

June 20, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Dear California Legislature: Each year you address HOA bilread more...

#219 - HOA Homefront - Membership Quorum

June 13, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Although most HOA decisions are made the board, some of thread more...

#218 HOA Homefront – Board Quorum

June 8, 2016

by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   In order for a common interest development to make a memberead more...

#217 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Individual Insurance Policies

May 30, 2016

Dear Kelly, When it comes to an owner choosing an insurance company for condominium insurance forread more...

#216 HOA Homefront – The Problem with Proxies

May 23, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Association election contests can be controversial, and prread more...

#215 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Dogs

May 16, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson, I was reading Civil Code 4715. That says associations can no longer prohibitread more...

#214 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Rules

May 14, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson, Our board frequently adopts new rules, generally following the required procread more...

#213 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Are Closed Session Meetings OK?

May 1, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson: Our board meetings consist of two parts. A closed meeting is convened with tread more...

#212 HOA Homefront – HOA Homefront – Ten Damaging HOA Myths

April 30, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   Some myths are not only wrong, but harmful.  Here are read more...

#211 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Neighboring Nuisance Issues

April 29, 2016

Mr. Richardson: I own and live in a condo complex. Secondhand smoke from neighbors drifts throughread more...

#210 HOA Homefront – Tips Toward Fairer Disciplinary Hearings

April 15, 2016

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.   In a perfect world, disciplinary hearings would be unnecesread more...

#191 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Proxies

November 30, 2015

Mr. Richardson: I have been under the impression that a change to the laws in California no longeread more...

#190 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Collecting After Foreclosure, E-mail Notices

November 23, 2015

While normally one thinks of Sacramento as the source of homeowner association law, Washington D.C. read more...

#189 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Manager Disclosures, Changing Presidents

November 16, 2015

Dear Kelly: What penalty, if any, is imposed on a management company which does not disclose to tread more...

#188 HOA Homefront – Collecting After Foreclosure, E-mail Notices

November 9, 2015

Mr. Richardson, If a member is delinquent on their monthly assessment and goes through foreclosurread more...

#187 HOA Homefront – New Law Protects Clotheslines

November 2, 2015

Given the short time they serve (due to term limits), legislators rarely can address complex issues,read more...

#186 HOA Homefront – CC&R Changes – Saving for Legal Expense, Lenders Voting?

October 26, 2015

Kelly: Can an association have a line item on the reserve study called “Updating Governing Documentread more...

#185 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Why HOAs?

October 19, 2015

Kelly Richardson: We have lived in three HOAs. What we have found lately is that no one wants anythread more...

#184 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Keeping HOA Money Where It Belongs

October 12, 2015

Some associations suffer damage from financial abuse, which can be every bit as devastating as a firread more...

#183 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Misunderstood Terms, Fair Housing

October 5, 2015

Kelly Richardson: Would there be any use in asking for explanations of Condo, Townhouse, PUD, Patread more...

#182 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Closed Session, Member Participation

September 28, 2015

Kelly Richardson: I read your article in the paper, referencing homeowner association meetings anread more...

#181 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Homeowner Manager, Board Eligibility and Severance

September 21, 2015

Dear Kelly: Is it a conflict of interest to have a homeowner be the manager? As the President of read more...

#179 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Posted Agendas

September 14, 2015

Good Morning Mr. Richardson, Hi Kelly - We were recently told that unless you post for all toread more...

#178 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Delinquent Neighbors, “Certified” Managers

September 14, 2015

Mr. Richardson: Shouldn't the board be pursuing legal action against homeowners who are in-deread more...

#180 HOA Homefront – Breaking News – Protection for Plastic Lawns

September 8, 2015

California is in the fourth year of drought, and even with predictions of an approaching heavy “El Nread more...

#177 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Assessment Increases, Spending Authority, Employee Information

August 17, 2015

Mr. Richardson: Our Board increased monthly assessments by exactly 20% without bringing it to theread more...

#176 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Board Size, Tenure and Compensation

August 10, 2015

Good Morning Mr. Richardson, Our association wants to amend our bylaws to increase the number of read more...

#175 HOA Homefront – Governing Documents

August 3, 2015

Under state law, “governing documents” include articles of incorporation, CC&Rs, bylaws, and operead more...

#174 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Trees

July 27, 2015

Kelly, I have been complaining about a tree that is behind my property on common area. The problread more...

#173 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Dogs

July 20, 2015

Dear Kelly: Your articles on HOAs are quite informative. Thank you. Since I live in a condo I am inread more...

#172 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Exclusive Use Common Area

July 13, 2015

Dear Kelly: What is exclusive common area? I'm in a townhome community. Are fences between connecread more...

#171 HOA Homefront - What is “Exclusive Use Common Area”?

July 6, 2015

Condominium owners often misunderstand exclusive use common area, and this leads to far too many wasread more...

#170 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Termite and Wasp Problems

June 29, 2015

Kelly: I live in a stock cooperative apartment complex comprised of downstairs and upstairs apartmenread more...

#169 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Maintenance Agreements, Minutes and Hiring Family.

June 22, 2015

Dear Kelly, Our HOA permits homeowners to maintain small areas of common area with the understanread more...

#168 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Non-Action Board Discussions, Alcohol

June 15, 2015

Dear Kelly, Can the board of a condominium meet without the manager to discuss board business anread more...

#167 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Board Meeting Appointments, Location and Attendance

June 8, 2015

Dear Kelly, Immediately after the election of the board the new board members go into executive read more...

#166 HOA Homefront – What You May Not Know About (Your) CC&Rs

June 1, 2015

Of the five governing documents of most associations – articles of incorporation, recorded map or plread more...

#165 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Two Sides of the Coin

May 25, 2015

[Readers: This week I relay two different frustrated comments, one from a homeowner and one from a read more...

#164 HOA Homefront – Reader Question - Why Use Lockboxes?

May 18, 2015

Kelly, I've lived in a Planned Development in Placentia for 6 1/2 years. Our property management read more...

#163 HOA Homefront – Why Boards Have Open Seats

May 11, 2015

Many common interest community associations struggle filling open director seats on their boards. Fread more...

#162 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Insurance Coverage

May 4, 2015

Dear Kelly: Is it required that an HOA purchase earthquake insurance? Does it have to be stated iread more...

#161 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Assessment Increases

April 27, 2015

Dear Mr. Richardson, I read your column in the [paper] every week. I really appreciate your help read more...

#160 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Financial Records

April 20, 2015

Mr. Richardson, I was an officer of a small condo association for about 10 years. There were 3 oread more...

#159 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Fair Housing Issues

April 13, 2015

Hi Kelly, In my condo complex we have a rule that dogs, 15 pounds and under are allowed, but they hread more...

#158 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - Assessment Liens, Cumulative Voting, Board Discussions

April 6, 2015

Kelly, the management company told us at a recent meeting that the HOA was due over $130,000 in pastread more...

#157 HOA Homefront – Pursue Foreclosure Carefully

March 30, 2015

Common interest development associations are alliances of owners agreeing to share a tract of properread more...

#156 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Tenant Issues

March 23, 2015

Kelly Richardson, Non-occupied owners were sent a form that they must sign stating, “I acknowledgread more...

#155 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Small Claims, Attendance, and Self-Management

March 16, 2015

Mr. Richardson, If a homeowner is in arrears on HOA dues and the association has put a lien on thread more...

#154 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Who’s In Charge, Director Trespass, Condo or Not?

March 9, 2015

Dear Kelly: I really like your column. I'm on an HOA board and pride myself in keeping up wiread more...

#153 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Election Documents, Telephonic Board Participation

March 2, 2015

Hello Mr. Richardson, I attended a Board meeting in which the opening of ballots was on the agenread more...

#152 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Is Exclusive Use Area Insured?

February 23, 2015

Dear Kelly, You recently addressed a question about HOAs granting "exclusive use" to those indiviread more...

#151 HOA Homefront – Why Some Board Seats Stay Vacant

February 16, 2015

So many associations struggle to fill open seats on the board of directors. At any given time, severread more...

#150 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Director Absenteeism, Member Interfering with Vendors

February 9, 2015

Mr. Richardson, What can a board do about a board member who never shows up? We have a board memread more...

#149 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Affiliated Company, Dog Complaints

February 2, 2015

Dear Kelly: Our management company also owns a maintenance company and seems to get all the work read more...

#148 Homefront – Reader Questions – Enlarging Yards, Pressure Washing

January 26, 2015

Hi Kelly: I own a townhome unit in an HOA that has a good deal of ground around each unit which iread more...

#147 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Absentee Proxies, Absentee Meetings?

January 19, 2015

Dear Kelly: We are in the process of assembling an electronic address file. I am interested in yread more...

#146 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Who Decides; Lot Line Adjusting?

January 12, 2015

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am new to the HOA concept and have thoughts about running for the board. read more...

#145 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Short Sale, Reversing Director’s Discipline

January 5, 2015

Dear Kelly: As the financial officer of my homeowners association, I am concerned about how we caread more...

#144 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Inoperative Associations

December 28, 2014

Dear Kelly: We have no management company in our HOA for over a year. One board member is runniread more...

#143 HOA Homefront – Goals for 2015

December 21, 2014

Zig Ziglar is often quoted as saying “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Your assocread more...

#142 HOA Homefront - 'Twas the Night Before (the HOA’s) Christmas'

December 15, 2014

[Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore] 'Twas the night before the HOA’s Christmas, when all through read more...

#141 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Smoking Bans, Flags

December 8, 2014

Hi Kelly, Must the board get a majority vote of homeowners to make their community common areasread more...

#140 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Manager Disclosures, Board Composition

November 30, 2014

Dear Kelly: 1) Managers' pay: commission vs. non-commission. What should a board know about this wread more...

#139 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Rentals

November 23, 2014

[Readers: This week brings three very different perspectives on rentals.] Dear Sir: Can the bread more...

#138 HOA Homefront – Legislative Recap 2014

November 16, 2014

2014 was the first year of the relocated and reorganized Davis Stirling Act, but the legislators didread more...

#137 HOA Homefront – Tips for the Prospective Member

November 10, 2014

When buying a common interest property, you automatically become a member of an association. Here aread more...

#136 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Director Compensation

November 2, 2014

Dear Kelly: Our HOA president has been working for one of the vendors that we use for some of theread more...

#135 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Noisy Floors

October 26, 2014

Dear Kelly: I purchased my condo last year. As of this year, I suddenly started hearing my upstaread more...

#134 HOA Homefront – Breaking News - Partial Payments of Assessment Delinquency OK

October 19, 2014

Since the assessment collection procedures were changed by the California Legislature in 2005, many read more...

#133 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Board Amending CC&Rs, Forgotten Rules

October 13, 2014

Dear Kelly: When I bought my condo some thirty years ago, I signed and accepted the CC&Rs at the read more...

#132 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – E-mail Board Votes, Offensive Speech

October 6, 2014

Good Morning Mr. Richardson, I am an avid reader of your column, longtime member of my associatioread more...

#131 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Condo or Planned Development, Earthquake Insurance?

September 29, 2014

Dear Kelly: I own and live in a unit which I thought all along was a condominium, but I just receread more...

#130 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Spending Cap, Reserve Fund Cap?

September 22, 2014

Dear Kelly: I live in a large retirement park, age 55 and up. There is no limit on the amount of read more...

#129 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Rules vs. CC&Rs

September 14, 2014

Hi Kelly, I’m confused between “rules” and “CC&R’s”. Our board over the years has implemented newread more...

#128 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Relocation Cost; A New/Old Architectural Rule?

September 7, 2014

Hi Mr. Richardson, I live in a townhouse complex. The HOA is planning on termite tenting the buiread more...

#127 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Proxy Form, Majority Member Votes

September 1, 2014

Mr. Richardson, I very much enjoy your column. Can you recommend a source for a proxy form whichread more...

#126 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Assessments After Bankruptcy, Reviewing Contracts

August 24, 2014

Hi Kelly, I recently got a letter from an attorney demanding payment of back HOA dues on a house read more...

#125 HOA Homefront – Ten Tips For Shorter Meetings

August 18, 2014

Board meetings require balance. While nobody appreciates a meeting in which brevity is the only valread more...

#124 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Is Ours A CID, The Small Association

August 11, 2014

Dear Kelly: I live in a stock cooperative mobile home park. Do we come under the California HOA read more...

#123 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Open Board Meetings

August 3, 2014

Dear Kelly: I am the president of a small HOA. Some of the board members feel that it is ok to mread more...

#122 HOA Homefront – Legislation Update

July 28, 2014

The Legislature has been in high gear in the past month, and the legislative “season” is a few weeksread more...

#121 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Board Donations, Bad Boards

July 20, 2014

Dear Kelly: Is it legal for our association board to take money and donate it to the police deparread more...

#120 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Budget Disclosures, Financials

July 13, 2014

Good Afternoon Mr. Richardson, We live in a small condominium complex with relatively low monthlyread more...

#119 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Pools, Conflicts of Interest

July 2, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson: We have one director who wants to wash their hair after exiting the pool atread more...

#118 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Animals

June 29, 2014

Hi, Our HOA will not impose stricter fines (currently $100) for dog owners whose dogs leave wasteread more...

#117 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Parking

June 20, 2014

Dear Kelly: My boyfriend’s association is not allowing guests to park more than 5 days in any 30 read more...

#116 HOA Homefront – Electronic Business.. But Not For HOAs?

June 16, 2014

This week, many of you have purchased airline tickets, paid bills, and even registered for traffic sread more...

#115 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Committees

June 8, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson, I started attending committee meetings on regular bases. Today, at the Lanread more...

#114 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – CC&R Questions

June 3, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson, I cannot locate a copy of our CC&Rs. In fact, I cannot recall ever receivinread more...

#113 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – CC&R Questions

May 26, 2014

Dear Kelly: Our neighborhood has CC&Rs and a review committee. Some of the things in the CC&Rs sread more...

#112 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Board Reports, Carport Signs

May 17, 2014

Dear Kelly: I enjoy reading your column weekly and am hoping to join our HOA board in the near teread more...

#111 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Problem Chair, Management Companies

May 12, 2014

Dear Kelly: I have been very unhappy with my HOA board and have attended three meetings these past read more...

#110 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Officer Selection, Assessment Increases Updates

May 4, 2014

Dear Kelly: In our HOA an election was held recently. The ballots were not secret. The homeownread more...

#109 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Children, Reserve Study Updates

April 27, 2014

Dear Kelly: I was reading your column today and have a question I am hoping you can assist. I lread more...

#108 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Contracts and Telephone Participation

April 21, 2014

Dear Kelly: I understand from reading my local newspaper that you specialize in answering HOA queread more...

#107 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Board Education, Elections, Contracts

April 13, 2014

Dear Kelly: I've been thinking of running for our association board. Is there a manual or other detread more...

#106 HOA Homefront – Sacramento Update

April 7, 2014

The California Legislature is very active this year (as it is most years) regarding common interest read more...

#105 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Can HOA Inspect, No Board Turnover

March 31, 2014

Dear Kelly, Thank you for your column in the newspaper. We recently purchased a condo and did read more...

#104 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Who Pays for Skylight; Seeking Minutes

March 23, 2014

Dear Kelly: I have been paying HOA dues for over 25 years. Part of the payment was a reserve forread more...

#103 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Bids From Manager’s Dad; Can an Owner Own too Many Units?

March 16, 2014

Good Day Kelly: Our manager has been submitting bids for work to be done in our community from hread more...

#102 HOA Homefront – Ten Tips on Amending Your CC&Rs

March 10, 2014

1. Talk to your neighbors first. Amending CC&Rs takes a supermajority (i.e. more than just a majorread more...

#101 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Amending CC&Rs

March 3, 2014

Dear Kelly: We recently purchased a home in an HOA. The CC&R's say one thing but so many exceptioread more...

#100 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Association Types, Architectural Standards

February 23, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson: Would there be any use in asking for explanations of Condo, Townhouse, PUD, read more...

#99 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Removal of Pool, Neglected Foreclosed Homes

February 16, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson: Can a board fill and take away the association's pool without a vote by the owread more...

#98 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Foreclosed Home, Member Questioning Board

February 9, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson: How do we collect past dues on a condo which was foreclosed? I am Secretary onread more...

#97 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Flooding and Termites

February 2, 2014

Dear Kelly: Recently our HOA decided to xeriscape the area at the front and rear of our unit (alongread more...

#96 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Meeting Disruption, Board E-Mail

January 26, 2014

Dear Kelly: I am on a board of beleaguered directors. We have a homeowner that is out of controlread more...

#95 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Senior Community Questions

January 19, 2014

Dear Kelly: Our community's Age Restrictions state: "no person shall occupy, reside in, or use aread more...

#94 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions - What is “Full” Management; Closed Session Appointments

January 13, 2014

Hi Kelly - Would you please tell me what a "Full-Service" management company is as compared to oneread more...

#93 HOA Homefront – New Year’s Resolutions Part III - The Manager

January 4, 2014

[Note to readers – After the previous two columns proposing resolutions for directors and HOA memberread more...

#92 HOA Homefront – New Year’s Resolutions Part II - Homeowners

December 30, 2013

[Note to readers: Last week’s column suggested New Year’s resolutions for directors. This week, I read more...

#91 HOA Homefront – New Year’s Resolutions Part I - The Director

December 22, 2013

This time of year so many of us make resolutions to start the new year differently. In this three paread more...

#90 HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Swimming Pools

December 15, 2013

Dear Mr. Richardson: Our Board permits use of our pool by a non-profit swim team organizread more...

#89 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Presidential Discount; Late Board packets

December 8, 2013

I read your column in the newspaper on HOA's and I'm currently a President for a homeowner associatiread more...

#88 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Closed Sessions; What Is An Owner

November 25, 2013

Mr. Richardson: I obtained your e-mail from the newspaper. Is it legal for the board of directoread more...

#87 HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Is Our HOA Incorporated; Questioning the New Management

November 25, 2013

Hi Mr. Richardson, I read your column recently about making sure my HOA is active. I went to thread more...

#86 HOA Homefront - Readers Questions - What About Those Trees?

November 17, 2013

Dear Sir: We live in a community with many common areas. There is a common arearead more...

#85 HOA Homefront - If I were President of the HOA Board

November 8, 2013

[Dear Readers: David Brock, owner of a Pasadena management firm, sent me this recently. His persperead more...

#84 HOA Homefront - Myths Regarding the New Acts

November 3, 2013

The reorganized and relocated Davis Stirling Common Interest Development Act will become law on Januread more...

#83 HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Mini-cities; Guerilla Gardener

October 28, 2013

Kelly Richardson: We have lived in HOAs over the past 30 years. What we have found lately is tharead more...

#82 HOA Homefront - Reader Questions - Limit on Assessments, Board Amending CC&Rs?

October 21, 2013

Hello Kelly….. I have a question for you. I have owned my condominium unit since 1984. When my hread more...

#81 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Member Petitions, and E-mails

October 13, 2013

Dear Kelly: A) Our By-Laws limit the board from spending over $3000 without 2/3's owner approval.read more...

#80 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Management Dissatisfaction, Off Site Landscaping

October 4, 2013

I read your articles in the paper. Question. Our board works harder than our property manager. How dread more...

#79 HOA Homefront – Reader Questions – Minutes, Rule Challenges, and Termite Treatment

September 30, 2013

Dear Kelly: 1. Is it common for a board secretary to have the management company representative read more...

#78 HOA Homefront – Can’t I Disagree?

September 22, 2013

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL Disagreement is to be expected when serving as a director of a read more...