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CACM Legislative Activities – May 2011

Please keep your eye’s on the following proposed bills as they may effect how your association does business. AB 771(Butler) Common interest developments: requests for documents: fees. Introduced: 02/17/2011 Last Amend: 05/10/2011 Status: 05/11/2011-Action From SECOND READING: Read second time.To THIRD READING. Location: 05/11/2011-A THIRD READING Calendar: 05/12/11 6 ASM ASSEMBLY SECOND READING FILE Summary: … Continue reading

I still owe HOA Fees after I filed Bankruptcy and Surrendered my Home? – Article written by Michael G. Doan

Technically yes. Debtors are frequently surprised to find that they are still personally liable for HOA fees after filing for bankruptcy, even though they have moved out and for all intents and purposes made known their intent in the bankruptcy that they are surrendering their property back to the bank. Such liability is the result … Continue reading

What is the average age of a Homeowners’ Association Board Member? Take the poll and lets find out!!!

Inquiring minds want to know, what is the average age of a Board Member?  Take our poll and lets find out.   

Community Management 101 – Boot Camp For New Managers By Julie Adamen

In our industry few new managers receive adequate training. If a new manager is lucky, they will spend some time ‘learning the ropes’ by assisting experienced managers. If the new manager isn’t so lucky, they are thrown in to the abyss all by their lonesome. Either way, it’s sink or swim. In June I wrote … Continue reading

Contract Termination Clauses – How Important Are They? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

I am reminded today of the laxity with which many Associations treat contracts. I was reviewing one Association’s communication to owners about a half million dollar assessment for rehabilitation work (about $10,000 per unit) and came across the statement “We were able to get a favorable contract with a no-penalty termination clause.” The reason I … Continue reading

May an HOA Board Take Action Without A Meeting? – Article by BETH A GRIMM, P.L.C.

A reader asked me if an HOA Board can take action without a Board meeting, and then proceeded to tell me what other attorneys say about it. What I got was that attorneys apparently do not agree on the subject. (What a surprise?) My take on it is that Board’s sometimes need to take an … Continue reading

The importance of having assessments – Article by By Doug Ward, CCAM, CMCA, AMS of Amber Property Management

Assessments are a necessity for common interest developments to conduct business.  Simply put, without the assessments, the community cannot operate. Assessments, commonly improperly referred to as dues, are generally collected on a monthly basis by either a monthly billing reminder or a coupon book provided by the community’s management company. These amounts vary from community … Continue reading

Election Campaigning in HOAs and Condos – What’s Allowed? – Artilce by BETH A GRIMM, P.L.C.

What’s my take on election campaigns in homeowner associations and condo associations? Are there limits and restrictions? Here are some questions from an inquiring mind: “I’m writing to get your take on a situation at our HOA regarding a pending ballot to update the Governing Docs. It seems that 1363.04 specifically refers to the use … Continue reading

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