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

Owner Liability for Acts of Tenants – Article by Beth A Grimm

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When an owner of a condo or townhome places a tenant, care should be taken to screen carefully. Some owners are desperate to rent their homes and so they do so without regard to careful screening or introducing any situation that might cause a rift between the tenant and their neighbors.  Sometimes “bad stuff” just … Continue reading

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

smoking

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

CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY (CEA) EARTHQUAKE (EQ) COVERAGE FOR HOMEOWNERS OR RENTERS – Article provided by Erin Rose

Earthquake

California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is available to owners or renters of condominiums, townhomes and other units in the common interest developments. Association EQ insurance policies cover only the structures and typically would have a very high deductible. The CEA helps the homeowner cover their deductible, as well as provide coverage for their contents, any upgrades to … Continue reading

Your Day Job Is Different Than Your “Night Job” – Article by Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.

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Serving as a volunteer director is hard enough, but it often is made more difficult by directors themselves.  The problem is not a lack of good will, good thinking or hard work, but a misunderstanding about the basic nature of volunteer board service.   In one’s career, whether in business, government service or elsewhere, one … Continue reading

Roof Rats – Article by Jim Fontaine

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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

Water Damage Prevention – Article by Leonard B. Hom

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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

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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

Strategies for Condo Enforcement – Article by Ryan Treleavan

Strategies for Condo Enforcement

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.

Tough Decisions Ahead Road Sign

  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

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