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

Govenor Signs Senate Bill 209 Dealing With Electric Charging Stations – Article by David C. Swedelson

With the proliferation of electric vehicles comes a new law that limits and restricts California community associations’ ability to prohibit an owner from installing their own electric charging station. On July 25, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 209, which adds new Civil Code Section 1353.9. The new law takes effect January 1, 2012. New Civil Code … 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


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

Have a “Q”? Because we have your “A” – An amazing complied list of HOA Q & A – Article by

    JUSTIFIED EXPENDITURES Q.  Can the board of directors of our association spend association funds on what amounts to a political issue? The board wants to spend funds to stop a nearby development, based on the belief that it will harm the value of homes in our community. A.  Absent a prohibition in the … Continue reading

Multipurpose Plumbing-Fire Sprinkler Systems Help California Meet New Fire Safety Regs – Article by

Imagine the public outcry if an airplane crashed every month. Month after month, crash after crash, thousands of Americans dying from a preventable incident seems unimaginable. However, a similar scenario is being played out today in homes across America, where residential fires kill upward of 2,500 people each year. In 2009, California home fires killed … Continue reading


     Starting in January of 2005, the California State Legislature added another layer of dispute resolution statutes further designed to promote the internal resolution of disputes within common interest developments and avoid the filing of lawsuits. This relatively new process is set forth at Cal. Civil Code sections 1363.810 – 1363.850. These sections generally … Continue reading

Can a contractor assert a mechanic’s lien right against the association and/or its members? – Article by Barry A Ross, APC

A contractor who performed labor or provided services or materials in connection with and at the request of an owner may assert a mechanics lien against that owner’s interest and not against the interest of any other owners. In the case of emergency repairs, an owner’s consent is deemed to have been given. However, in … Continue reading

CAI-CLAC’s Legislative Day at the Capitol – April 10-11, 2011

This year’s Legislative Day at the Capitol will be our most important one ever!  There are bills that curtail document production fees by third parties, alter assessment payment agreements, require installation of electrical outlets for vehicles, bar board actions between meetings, and revamp the entire Davis Stirling Act. New Liability for Board Members and Associations! … Continue reading

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – article from the CAI – Orange County Regional Chapter Magazine

Dori Kagan of U.S. Bank and James Harkin, Esq. of Cane, Walker & Harkins, LLP

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE The November luncheon was a sell out, and for good reason. Our members flocked to listen to the Legislative Update. The speakers were Jeffrey Beaumont, Esq. of Beaumont Gitlin & Tashjian, Skip Daum, Lobbyist for CAI•CLAC and Jamie Hackwith from Amber Property Management. The panel discussed the newly adopted laws as well as … Continue reading

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