Parking Wars! Community Association Parking Regulation on Private and Public Streets – Article by Andrea L. O’Toole, Esq.

It is no secret that parking enforcement is a sensitive issue for homeowner’s associations and their boards; and, few issues can compete for the title of “most aggravating” amongst association members. An association’s most potent remedy – towing – can lead to frustration, anger and lawsuits. Take, for example, last year’s case where a jury … Continue reading

Delegating Fines – Article by Adrian J. Adams of Adams Kessler PLC

QUESTION: At a recent board meeting, a director questioned the authority of the architectural committee to send out violation notices. He felt it was reserved exclusively to the board. Others argued that the board had given the committee that authority and owners could always appeal their fines to the board. Which is it? ANSWER: Door … Continue reading

Neighbor to Neighbor Disputes – Article by David A. Loewenthal, Esq.

The Top Ten List As more people move into common interest developments, neighbor to neighbor disputes will become an increasingly important issue for both Homeowners Associations, its Board of Directors, management companies, lawyers and most importantly, the actual homeowners themselves. Living within a common interest development largely brings significant benefit in value to its residences … Continue reading

HOAs and Pests – Who is Responsible for Eradication? Broken Screens? – Article by Beth A. Grimm

Here’s a good quandary sent by a reader: “Recently, wasps entered my unit via a broken screen on our kitchen exhaust vent outside the unit. The exhaust vent is on the second floor. The HOA manager hired an exterminator to repair the screen and kill the nest but stuck me with the bill. She says … Continue reading

What’s an “At Large” HOA Board Member? – Article by HOALeader.com

Is there such a thing as an “at large” director on an HOA board? If so, what does that term mean? Are the “at large” director’s responsibilities different from those of other homeowners association board members? Here are answers. At Large = Not an Officer The distinction between officers and “at large” board members starts … Continue reading

May the Board Transfer Common Area to Members in an HOA or Condo Association? – Article by Beth A Grimm, P.L.C

Often in common interest developments like condos, townhomes and  even single family home developments people look around and see areas of land  that are not being fully utilized and think, “I could use an extra 20 feet  of back yard”, or “If I had that space I would create a gazebo,”  or “That rectangle would … Continue reading

Grandfather Clauses – What are they? When do they help? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C

Some days I get emails and I have to wonder: “Is there something wrong with the sender … or is there something wrong with the person they are talking to … or is there some kind of miscommunication going on? Here is a scenario worth addressing which I received today from a reader: “For over … Continue reading

Assessment Collection in an Economic Crisis – Article By Paul W. Windust, Esq.

California law affecting non-judicial and judicial foreclosure of assessment liens can be complex. Recent legislation illustrates a governmental policy favoring the resolution of many assessment disputes in Small Claims Court. This, coupled with reduction of property values and equity brought on by the current economic crisis and real estate meltdown, can make assessment collection in … Continue reading

When a Condominium Association Rents Storage Space to Owners,The Association is Bound By The Same Laws As Popular Commercial Facilities Such As Public Storage – Article By Joan E. Lewis-Heard, Esq. Edited by David C. Swedelson, Esq.

Many California condominium associations have common area storage lockers, rooms or areas that are made available to the owners. Sometimes, the storage area is assigned in a deed as exclusive use common area. More often then not, these areas are not   assigned, and the board has the ability to assign and rent them to … Continue reading

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

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

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