SUMMARY OF LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012 – Article by The Law Offices of Laura J. Snoke

New Legislation Affecting Community Associations  1.    SB 563    Board Meetings This legislation amends sections of, and adds sections to, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (The Act), Civil Code sections 1350 et seq.  The Act governs all common interest developments in California.  Specifically, the legislation amends the following sections of The Act. A.    Civil Code … Continue reading

Confidentiality Agreements; Are They Enforceable? – Article by David C. Swedelson

We are often asked to include confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements with owners, as the board often wants to avoid other owners hearing that the association settled. The concern is that these other owners will think it is OK to violate the CC&Rs or Rules, as they will ask for the same “sweetheart” deal. We … Continue reading

How Bankruptcy Affects Assessment Collection – Article by Sean D. Allen

So, your Association has a homeowner who is delinquent on his assessments. Before you are able to make any progress on collection and before a lien is recorded, you receive notice that he has filed for bankruptcy. What happens next? The moment a debtor files for bankruptcy, an “automatic stay” is imposed. The automatic stay … Continue reading

Bed Bugs: Prevention and Treatment – Article by Bill Wood

Bed Bugs: Prevention and Treatment Bed bugs are all over the news and it’s easy to get freaked out about the possibility of picking up an infestation from a hotel stay or movie theater seat. Please do not succumb to the temptation to be fearful about bed bugs.  There are lots of things you can … Continue reading

TOW FEES – TOWING COMPANIES – AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR SECURITY PATROL SERVICE – ARTICLE BY KATHY MIRAMONTES

Your Courtesy Security Patrol Professional impounds vehicles, in accordance with your Homeowner Associations rules and regulations and in accordance with the CA. Vehicle Code section 22658. Your Courtesy Security Patrol Professional is hired by your HOA to enforce the  parking rules. In doing so, unfortunately, some vehicles will be towed. Towing a vehicle is NEVER … Continue reading

Can I cut down my neighbor’s tree when its branches overhang my property? – Article by Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

In our ever crowding residential areas, more of us experience the situation in which the limbs of a neighbor’s tree overhang our property line. Most of the time, these limbs do not pose us any concern, but questions do arise as to whether we have the right to prune our neighbor’s trees. In the past, … Continue reading

Being green without spending green – Article by Steven Reyes

The word green is synonymous with caring for our environment and a green community has multiple meanings. Green community can refer to a community actively engaging in energy conservation. A green community is a community using renewable resources.  And a green community can promote re-purposing materials. In short, a green community favors the motto “reduce … Continue reading

Governor Signs AB 771 (Butler) Into Law Requiring Associations to Itemize and Disclose Fees Charged For Documents To Be Provided to Buyer in Escrow – Article by David C. Swedelson

Assembly Bill 771 (Betsy Butler), which amends Civil Code Section 1368 regarding documents to be provided the buyer in an escrow, was sponsored by the California Association of Realtors and initially sought to place a cap on fees that may be charged by management companies and others who provide documents upon sale or transfer of … Continue reading

4 Tips to help your HOA protect its Attorney-Client Privilege – Article by Susan Tarley

The Attorney-Client Privilege protects confidential communications between an attorney and his or her client.  This privilege includes communications made to the attorney and communications from the attorney. The Attorney-Client Privilege is designed to encourage clients to communicate with their attorney freely, without fearing disclosure of those communications made in the course of representation. The Attorney-Client … Continue reading

11 Common Irrigation Errors – Article by David Wickham & Associates, Inc.

Every landscape and/or irrigation professional truly believes that they know what they are doing when it comes to designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems. However, virtually many of these professionals have gaps in their irrigation training and knowledge. In fact, some people simply never learned the proper way to begin with. As a result, they … Continue reading

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