To Far or Not Far Enough – Take the Poll

Please read the article below and take our poll. The Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — A Florida condominium association hopes dog DNA samples will help them determine which pet owners aren’t picking up after their pooches. The Village of Abacoa Condominium Association says cleaning up after dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs … Continue reading

Assessment Collection in an Economic Crisis – Article By Paul W. Windust, Esq.

California law affecting non-judicial and judicial foreclosure of assessment liens can be complex. Recent legislation illustrates a governmental policy favoring the resolution of many assessment disputes in Small Claims Court. This, coupled with reduction of property values and equity brought on by the current economic crisis and real estate meltdown, can make assessment collection in … Continue reading

9 Mistakes New HOA Board Members Make–And How to Avoid Them – Article by HOALeader.com

There’s no shame in making mistakes. We’ve all made them when we’ve tried something new. There is shame, however, if you refuse to correct the error of your ways. Here we list the nine most common mistakes new board members make and provide tips for turning those mistakes into successes. Mistake # 1. Not learning … Continue reading

California Senate Bill 800: “Groundbreaking” Legislation Concerning Construction Defect Claims – Article by By Greenberg Glusker

Last-minute legislation intended to increase the supply of affordable, multi-family housing in California was signed into law in early October 2002 and will be effective as of January 1, 2003. Crafted as a compromise among developer/builder interests and consumer attorneys, the bill is aimed at reducing the number of construction-defect lawsuits that have been seen … Continue reading

When a Condominium Association Rents Storage Space to Owners,The Association is Bound By The Same Laws As Popular Commercial Facilities Such As Public Storage – Article By Joan E. Lewis-Heard, Esq. Edited by David C. Swedelson, Esq.

Many California condominium associations have common area storage lockers, rooms or areas that are made available to the owners. Sometimes, the storage area is assigned in a deed as exclusive use common area. More often then not, these areas are not   assigned, and the board has the ability to assign and rent them to … Continue reading

CC&R Enforcement: The Five Most Important “Don’ts” You Need To Know – Article By Steven S. Weil, Esq.

Association directors have many responsibilities. These include adopting a budget, authorizing year-end disclosures, pursuing delinquent assessments, conducting proper elections and enforcing the governing documents, especially the CC&Rs (“CC&Rs”) and Operating Rules. The majority of homeowner association residents – owners and tenants alike – follow the CC&Rs. Usually, most of those who don’t are unaware of … Continue reading

Is my house poisoning my family? – Article by www.homeownerqna.com

The life threatening consequnces of excesive carbon monoxide exposure has been widely documented and a nuber of detection devises have flooded the market in the past decade. Although the popularity of carbon monoxide sensors is growing, it has been estimated that less than 20% of homes in the U.S. are are equipted with the proper sensors. Ironicaly, most homes … Continue reading

A Landscape Survey Can Save Water & Money – Article by WaterWise Consulting Inc

Unless a HOA property started out with a landscape design of plants native to the area, there is the potential to save money on HOA water bills and have healthier plants by watering the landscape more efficiently. Most gardeners or landscapers don’t do it, because they don’t know what to do, and may not realize … Continue reading

Neighborhood Watch – How to Start One! – Article from NeighborhoodLink.com

Starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood is not hard, but it will take a little time and some proper planning. Step One: Getting started Visit the USAOnWatch.org website which is the national face of the Neighborhood Watch program. There you will find great information to help you get started. Determine the area you … Continue reading

AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!! – Article by Beth Grimm

Were your governing documents drafted before 1995? Is the Developer out of the project? Do your documents seem to relate to some other association? Are some of the provisions absurd, obsolete or unenforceable? Are your CC&Rs impossible to understand? To interpret? Are you baffled by your Bylaws? Are there conflicting provisions in your documents? Discriminatory … Continue reading

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