Attorney Fees in California Construction Defect Cases What Clients Should Know about Fee Contracts, Referral Fees, And Professional Ethics – Article by by Tyler P. Berding, Esq. and Allison L. Andersen, Esq.

The successful relationship between a client and attorney is built on trust and confidence. The guiding principal is that the client should be able to make informed decisions concerning all matters substantially impacting the client’s case and recovery. The first big question facing the client in a construction defect case is the basis on which … Continue reading

It’s All in the Prep! – Article by Bill Butler of PrimeCo Painting and Construction

Anyone who has painted a room or a part of their home knows that the preparation is the most important and the most time-consuming part of the job. When we think of prep, we conjure up thoughts of sanding, scraping, masking, covering things, moving stuff and priming. For some, those are not very pleasant thoughts. … Continue reading

Delegating Fines – Article by Adrian J. Adams of Adams Kessler PLC

QUESTION: At a recent board meeting, a director questioned the authority of the architectural committee to send out violation notices. He felt it was reserved exclusively to the board. Others argued that the board had given the committee that authority and owners could always appeal their fines to the board. Which is it? ANSWER: Door … Continue reading

Neighbor to Neighbor Disputes – Article by David A. Loewenthal, Esq.

The Top Ten List As more people move into common interest developments, neighbor to neighbor disputes will become an increasingly important issue for both Homeowners Associations, its Board of Directors, management companies, lawyers and most importantly, the actual homeowners themselves. Living within a common interest development largely brings significant benefit in value to its residences … Continue reading

PARKING IN CIDs AND ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS – Article By Beth A. Grimm, P.L.C. (Attorney)

I said I was going to give you more on legislation. As for signed bills, SB 209, a troublesome bill relating to parking in common interest developments, has been signed into law by the Governor. It involves electric charging stations. The Governor in signing the bill acknowledged problems that really need resolving but he is … Continue reading

Know why your HOA should seek FHA approval – Article by Peter Harper

The Federal Housing Administration more popularly known as FHA has a  particular set of guidelines that lenders should follow in case they want to  offer an FHA mortgage. These FHA mortgage loans have down payment criteria  that is smaller than traditional mortgage  and can even be availed by consumers who have low credit scores. If … Continue reading

Roof Inspections & Preventative Maintenance – Article by Tony Angelo

The primary reason for establishing a program for regular roof inspections and maintenance is to protect the owner’s roofing investment. A properly executed maintenance program will not only add years to the life of the roof, it will detect minor problems before Excessive Moisture (leaks), Fungus, Dryrot and Termite damage becomes wide spread. Preventative maintenance … Continue reading

Service, Companion and Therapy Dogs: What Are Homeowners’ Rights? – Article by W. Alexander Noland, Esq., Swedelson & Gottlieb

There tends to be a great deal of confusion over service, companion and therapy animals, and, particularly, service, companion and therapy dogs. While the Americans with Disabilities Act does not generally apply to community associations unless an association opens its common areas and recreational facilities to the general public (i.e. allowing people other than residents … Continue reading

Benefits of Community Associations Part 2: How is Covenant Enforcement Good for Owners? – Article by Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

The enforcement of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (“CC&R’s”) is among the most criticized of the duties performed by the Board of Directors of community associations, but is also the most important responsibility. CC&R’s govern many activities in a community including house designs, parking regulations, maintenance and repair of the common areas, and collection of assessments. … Continue reading

HOAs and Pests – Who is Responsible for Eradication? Broken Screens? – Article by Beth A. Grimm

Here’s a good quandary sent by a reader: “Recently, wasps entered my unit via a broken screen on our kitchen exhaust vent outside the unit. The exhaust vent is on the second floor. The HOA manager hired an exterminator to repair the screen and kill the nest but stuck me with the bill. She says … Continue reading

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