New Law—Independent Contractors: Willful Misclassification SB 459 Corbett – Article by By Sandra Gottlieb

We know that there is a tendency to classify some condo and HOA staff as independent contractors rather then employees. Some community association boards want to do this because they think that such a classification will mean that their association will not have to pay for all of fees, charges, taxes, etc. that are normally … 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

Governor Brown Signs SB 563; Say Good-bye to Actions Without a Meeting – Article By David Swedelson

Despite significant industry opposition, the Governor has signed into law amendments to the Davis Stirling Act and specifically Civil Code Section 1363.05, also known as the Common Interest Development Open Meeting Act. Attached is a copy of Civil Code Section 1363.05 with the changes highlighted. Here is the story of how this new law came … 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

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

Q & A – HOA Towing Facts – Article by Nick Carroll

Does an H.O.A. need a towing contract? Yes! But it is not really a contract it is a general authorization to allow a tow company to enforce towing of fire lanes and vehicles blocking exit and entrances only.  This way the tow company does not need to bother management when they see a vehicle parked in … Continue reading

CACM Legislative Activities – May 2011

Please keep your eye’s on the following proposed bills as they may effect how your association does business. AB 771(Butler) Common interest developments: requests for documents: fees. Introduced: 02/17/2011 Last Amend: 05/10/2011 Status: 05/11/2011-Action From SECOND READING: Read second time.To THIRD READING. Location: 05/11/2011-A THIRD READING Calendar: 05/12/11 6 ASM ASSEMBLY SECOND READING FILE Summary: … Continue reading

May an HOA Board Take Action Without A Meeting? – Article by BETH A GRIMM, P.L.C.

A reader asked me if an HOA Board can take action without a Board meeting, and then proceeded to tell me what other attorneys say about it. What I got was that attorneys apparently do not agree on the subject. (What a surprise?) My take on it is that Board’s sometimes need to take an … Continue reading

Can HOA or Condo Boards or Managers Count Ballots? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

“Is there any legal requirements that HOA elections be handled by someone other than the Management Company and Board of Director?”  There is a law on elections in California and it is very comprehensive (long, complicated and in ways difficult to interpret). But what it says on the subject of who can act as an … Continue reading

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

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

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