What Makes for a Good Set of Meeting Minutes? – Article by Robert M. DeNichilo

Of all the various issues boards deal with, one of the issues that comes up time and again are meeting minutes. What are they? What should be in them? Incorrectly kept minutes can get a board in trouble. They can invalidate proper board actions, lead to claims for defamation or support claims for breach of … Continue reading

The Smoker Next Door: Secondhand Smoke + Condominiums = Trouble – Article by David C. Swedelson, Esq., Condo and HOA Attorney

Recent reports indicate that only 12% of California adults smoke cigarettes. The problem is that they all live in condominiums, or so you would think from all the reports of problems we are receiving relating to complaints from the non-smokers who do not want to smell cigarettes. And the issue is not limited to cigarettes; … Continue reading

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

New ADA Pool Accessibility Standards: What HOAs Need to Know – Article by Molly Foley-Healy

We have been hearing a lot of buzz out in the HOA world about the new Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations relating to pool accessibility standards. Many associations are confused about whether these new standards apply to their communities, what exactly the pool accessibility standards require and when modifications to pools and spas must be … 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

LIFETIME TILE ROOFS, FACT OR FICTION? – Article by Carl A. Brown, RCI, RRO

The world of roofing is very competitive, causing product manufacturers to seek ways to separate themselves by offering more and more. The latest marketing trend is to advertise “lifetime” tile roofs. These “tile” roof products can be made of a variety of materials including concrete, clay and even steel. They are sold in a variety … Continue reading

BIKES ON BALCONY – IS IT A RIGHT? – Article by Beth A Grimm, P.L.C

Owners in a condo association commonly bristle at one rule or another; however, collectively, enforcement of reasonable rules is generally a good thing. Here are some comments and questions from a reader: “I’m wondering if there is any legal precedent allowing me to store my bike on my 3rd floor balcony. My HOA has so much … 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

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