Roof Rats – Article by Jim Fontaine

What caused the hole in this wood shake roof? Tornado? Hurricane? Vandalism? Satellite Dish Installer? Lightening? Meteor? Gremlins? Block of ice from an airliner’s bathroom (yuk!)? No! Believe it or not, raccoons, opossums and large rodents are usually the culprits. One would think that in urban Southern California this couldn’t be possible, but that is … Continue reading

Water Damage Prevention – Article by Leonard B. Hom

Water damage claims can be very expensive to deal with, cause untold frustrations and have the potential for a living nightmare within your HOA complex. While you cannot prevent every possible situation where water can cause damage; here’s a list of simple steps every association can take to reduce/eliminate many causes of water damage issues. … Continue reading

Strategies for Condo Enforcement – Article by Ryan Treleavan

Under the Condominium Act, 1998 the Board of Directors has a statutory obligation to enforce the terms of its Declaration, By-laws and Rules.  Inevitably, every Condominium Corporation will face instances of non-compliance with a wide range of obligations. Compliance can be achieved through a number of different routes, and the appropriate strategy is highly fact … Continue reading

Can a Board Use “Self Help” to Enforce the Covenants? – Article by By Curtis G. Kimble.

  How to obtain compliance when enforcing a violation of the governing documents can be one of the most vexing problems in a homeowners association.  One of the chief functions of a homeowners association is enforcement of the covenants and rules governing the community.  Even though the individual property owners ordinarily have the power to … Continue reading

Why We STILL Need to Recycle Fluorescent Lamps – Article by Dionne Petitpas

So why do I need to recycle my lamps?  Do we really have to?  Is there an easy way to do it? These are questions many Board members and HOAs ask when thinking about fluorescent lamp recycling, and it’s understandable. A tough economy is forcing many of us to trim budgets, raising the question of … Continue reading

THE QUESTION ALWAYS IS: WHAT IS THE COST? But is it the RIGHT question ????…………………….the answer is NO – Article by Carl Brown, RCI, RRO

 Regrettably most HOA boards seem fixated on the bidder’s price as the most important item for selection of a service provider. While soliciting competitive bids for major services is commendable, the process is often poorly organized, resulting is less than complete satisfaction for one or both parties to a contract. Too often the process starts … Continue reading

Preparing for the rainy season – Article by Kim Province

It is nearing that time of the year again when the summer sun starts to play hide and seek with the clouds.  Southern California is expecting normal rainfall with January and February predicted to be the wettest months this season. This gives you time to prepare your communities for the rain. If a property isn’t … Continue reading

6 Types Of Insurance Coverage You Didn’t Think You Needed – Article by Stephanie Christensen

You know you need auto, homeowners and probably renter’s insurance coverage. But, do you really know what kind of coverage your policies offer? The chances are, unless you are well-versed in the ins and outs of insurance, there are a few types of insurance you didn’t think you needed, when in fact, you might. Here … Continue reading

Tips for Dealing With Neighbors – Article by Erika Riggs

Your home may be your castle, or your refuge, or your treasured investment, but those warm and fuzzy feelings can sometimes, unfortunately, be rudely intruded upon by your neighbors. Rusted cars strewn about the property, right in your line of vision? Unkempt grounds, which make you consider volunteering for clean-up duty so you spruce up … Continue reading

May a Disabled Person Bring a “Service? Pet” Into the Clubhouse? – Article by Beth Grimm

The questions for boards and owners about access to all places in the development with service dogs is almost always a sticky one. If I were asked – do we have to allow (from the board) or may I have permission (from an owner) to take my guide dog (for blind person) anywhere in the development? … Continue reading

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