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

Meeting Minutes

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

AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!! – Article by Beth Grimm

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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

Association Records: What’s Available to the Members – Article by Association Times

Association Records

The Association Bylaws and CC&R’s usually provide wording on member access to Association records. The books, records, and papers of the Association shall at all times, during reasonable business hours, be subject to inspection by any Member. The Declaration, the Articles, and the Bylaws of the Association shall be available for inspection by any Member … Continue reading

Contract Termination Clauses – How Important Are They? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

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I am reminded today of the laxity with which many Associations treat contracts. I was reviewing one Association’s communication to owners about a half million dollar assessment for rehabilitation work (about $10,000 per unit) and came across the statement “We were able to get a favorable contract with a no-penalty termination clause.” The reason I … Continue reading

The Association Calendar: Guide to Important Dates – Article by Neighborhoodlink.com

Calendar

As board members change from year to year, it can be difficult to keep track of due dates for various association responsibilities . . . such as when the association audit should be completed, when the sprinklers were last checked, when the annual meeting should be held according to the governing documents, or when legal … Continue reading

“Apples to Apples”…. bidding that’s not rotten to the core…. – Article by Greg Borzilleri

bad apples to apples

                                                                                                       Believe it or not when presented with a request for proposal (Sometimes referred to as a RFP) it isn’t as simple as throwing a number at the repair and seeing if it sticks.  There is a tremendous amount of work that actually goes into a putting together a proposal whether it is for … Continue reading

“TRUST BUT VERIFY” – Article by Carl A. Brown, RCI, RRO

These words were made famous by a well-respected president, and seem to apply to many aspects of our world. However they are especially appropriate to the condominium construction industry. Here is why Quality Assurance Doesn’t Cost, it Pays. In the 1960’s and before, the California construction industry was mostly union labor, from the least skilled … Continue reading

What if nobody wants to serve on the homeowners association board? – Article by Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian

talk to the hand

  Question: We live in an 18-unit condominium complex. Nobody wants to serve on the board nowadays because it is so much work. Can our homeowner association choose to compensate board of directors members for performing their duties? Answer: Common interest developments are predicated on the concept of self-management. Civil Code section 1351 says that … Continue reading

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