Newsletter Archive


2017:

17/10/15 - Dealing With Unsavory People in the HOA

17/9/22 - Electric Vehicle Charging in Condominiums

17/7/31 - The Erosion of the Lamden Protections for Boards Continues

17/6/20 - Amending and Updating Government documents Part II

17/5/17 - Why Update Governing Documents

17/4/27 - Mitigation of Disputes - A New Way of Thinking

17/2/07 - War Or Peace - What's Really Important to You and Your HOA?

17/1/03 - Too Many Cars - Too Little Respect: Be Proactive in Enforcement of Parking Restrictions-or You May Be SorryÊ


2016:

16/12/20 - What do Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Solar Installations, and Satellite Dishes Have in Common in a Homeowners Association?

16/12/2 - Creating a Bulletproof Clubhouse Use RENTAL AGREEMENT (is it possible?)

16/11/2 - Do You Have to Deal with HOA Bullies? Time to Fight Back!

16/9/29 - HOA DIRECTORS - Don't Act Alone or You Might End Up On a Deserted Island

16/8/30 -Director Conflicts of Interest - When to Say NO, I CAN'T - or shan't - VOTE

16/8/2 -Exclusive Use Common Area Responsibility - Clarify Things Now or Fight Later

16/7/12 - Don't Whine, Don't Cry. Be an Adult and Let the Record Reflect That

16/5/17 - "Don't Just Say "NO" to Earth Quake Insurance. Why?"

16/4/30 - "Good HOA Maintenance Policies Can Head Off A Lot of Problems "

16/3/9 - "Bad Boards - Part II"

16/2/2 - "Bad Boards"


2015:

15/12/1 - "NEWSFLASH! You Don't Have to Wait For The LEGISLATORS To DICTATE POLICY

15/12/1 - "HOA Management - The Good, Bad & Ugly

15/11/10 - "If You Don't Stir the Pot Responsibly, Everyone Might Get Burned

15/10/6 - "The SMALL HOA SURVIVAL GUIDE" IS HERE! (Do You Believe It?)

15/9/15 - Do HOAS Really Have to SWALLOW FAKE GRASS?

15/8/19 - Pets - Do Renters Get the Same Rights as Owners?

15/7/7 - Short and Long Term Leases and Leasing Restrictions - Why Have Them?

15/5/20 - An Interesting Water Dichotomy for HOAs in California

15/4/29 - Trust Building and Keeping - Part II - Handling Difficult Meetings

15/4/7 - Trust Building and Keeping - Part I - Boards Have The Advantage (Believe it or not!)

15/3/18 - What's New This Year in Sales Disclosure Fees-Who Pays Them?

15/3/10 - What Do Hardwood Floors, Barking Dogs, And Wind Chimes Have In Common?

15/1/3 - Exclusive Use Common Area in an HOA - Part II - Clarifying Responsibility

2014:

14/12/16 - Exclusive Use Common Area in an HOA - Who is Responsible For It?

14/10/22 - What Drives People Crazy About the New HOA IDR Law?

14/9/28 - What Can We Do? Our HOA Court Has been Invaded by Children!

14/7/01 - Second-Hand and Pot Smoke Still Getting You Down? See what Readers have to Say

14/6/01 - Second-Hand and Pot Smoke Getting You Down?

14/5/15 - Don't Miss the OPPORTUNITY to be the CATALYST for - BENEFICIAL - CHANGE in YOUR HOA

14/4/15 - The Drought is Here to Stay - at Least for Now - What's Happening Now and in 2014?

14/4/8 - Now What? Even More STRESS on COLLECTIONS IN 2014?

14/3/12 - Common Area Transfers - What's New in 2014?

14/2/3 - The New Davis Stirling Act is Not So New Anymore-Now What?

14/1/28 - The Push-Pull of HOA Collections in 2014 after the Huntington Case

2013:

13/12/30 - My GIFT To YOU For A Better 2014! Focus on Your Passions

13/12/17 - The MINDSET of the BOARD Sets the TONE for the Entire HOA - It's Critical to the Success of the Organization

13/10/22 - "HOA Elections Rules - What Does The FRIARS VILLAGE CASE Tell Us About Qualifications to Serve?"

13/9/24 - "HOA Elections and EQUAL ACCESS - The WITTENBERG Decision "

13/9/04 - "Very Important - Transitioning Into the 2014 Davis Stirling Act Smoothly & Efficiently"

13/8/06 - "Dysfunction in HOAs - Fixing the Uncomfortable Chasm that Develops Between Boards and Owners - Part II"

13/7/02 - "Dysfunction Among Directors - The People Problem - Part I"

13/5/01 - "The New DS Act - Part V - Elections & Election Rules - Old & New"

13/3/25 - "The New DS Act - Part IV - Changes in Annual Disclosures"

13/3/21 - "Amending and Updating the Documents in This Transition Year"

13/3/19 - "New Construction Manager Licensing Law - Managers and Boards, Be Advised ..."

13/2/28 - "Reorganized Davis Stirling Act" Collections Policies - Part III

13/2/28 - "Reorganized Davis Stirling Act" Association & Owner Notice Requirements - Part II

13/2/21 - "Reorganized Davis Stirling Act" Introduction

13/2/12 - Water, Water Everywhere - Who Pays???

13/1/15 - Good Manager...Bad Manager

2012:

12/12/12 - What Does A Good Board Do? (...and What Can a Bad Board Learn?)

12/10/29 - The New... Improved ... Restated ... DAVIS STIRLING ACT - DOES IT DICTATE CHANGES IN DOCUMENT UPDATE PROCESSES?

12/10/9 - Neighbor-To-Neighbor Battles: How Do They Get Resolved?

12/9/10 - Homeowners' Bill of Rights

12/7/24 - HOA Meeting Topics: Tips, Timing, Taping, and other Tidbits

12/7/3- SLAPP and ANTI-SLAPP in HOAs - Is it Some Kind of Corporal Punishment?

12/5/22- Avoiding Recall or Litigation - How is it Done?

12/4/26- Tips and Quips Abut HOA and Condo Insurance

12/3/21- Why "Embrace" Electric Charging Stations?

12/2/14-  Eradication of Bedbugs, Cockroaches, Termites,
Rodents & Pesky Critters in HOAS -

12/1/26-  A New Breed of Liars -   HOA and Condo Liars, Cheats, Walk Aways, Scammers, etc. - Oh My!

2011:

11/12/20- Conflicts of Interest - What's Cool? What's Not?

11/11/29- Transfer Fees, Disclosures On Sale of HOA Properties - What's New In 2011?

11/11/4- Directors Acting Badly - What is a Board Able To Do About It? Read on ...

11/10/5- Are HOAs and CONDOs Allowed to do Business by EMAIL?

11/8/23 -  Are HOAs and Condos Required to have Electric Car Charging Stations??

11/7/30-  How Will New Law Affect  Rental Restrictions in California?

11/6/30-  No Smoking in the Complex?

11/5/31-  Strategies for Amending and Restating Government Documents

11/4/5-  Owners Don't Like Nasty Surprises

11/3/8 -  Who Fixes What in a HOA?

11/2/8 -  Are Members Entitled to the Email List?

11/1/12 - What Do You Need To Sharpen Your SAW in 2011?

2010:

10/12/12 - Holiday Parties for Board Members -  Are There Limits?

10/11/28 - Clubhouse Use - Reservation and Rental - What's Important

10/10/28 - Why Do Boards Hide? What Happens When They Do? Transparency Doesn't Bite!

10/9/14 - Why Involve the Community in Emotional Issues?

10/8/17 -  What May an HOA Charge??

10/7/30 -  SHORT SALES - Straight Thinking

10/6/29 - EMAIL - Use an Abuse - Pros and Pitfalls

10/5/25 - "New Areas of Potential Board Liability to Consider -  What Do Lease Limitations and  FHA Certification Have in Common?

10/4/20 - "Rent Skimming" After A Foreclosure Sale ... Why think twice about it?

10/3/22 - IDR ... ADR ... Enforcement - Which comes first, The Chicken or the Egg?

10/2/28 - What's Happening with Condo Loans - Is Financing in Serious Jeopardy?

10/1/20 - Who Fixes What in an HOA or Condo? How Do You Figure it Out?

2009:

09/12/22 - 5 Year Statute of Limitations on Enforcement of HOA Violations ...  How true to time is it?

09/11/17 - Get the Jump on 2010 - WHAT'S NEW IN THE DAVIS STIRLING ACT?

09/10/20 - BULLIES - WHAT UP? ...

09/09/20 - Is Your HOA Pool Obsolete? Costly? A Liability?

09/08/19 - PARKING Etc. - WHAT RULES ARE RIGHT and REASONABLE?

09/07/23 - Dealing with Difficult People

09/06/16 - What is Due Process?

09/05/27 - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR BOARD MEMBERS OF ASSESSMENT COLLECTION (and more on "Fiduciary Duty")

09/04/14 - THE ADA, INVITEES, AND PUBLIC USE OF HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION FACILITIES ­ What Do You Need to Know To Stay Out of Trouble?

09/03/10 - Collections Etc., What is Working in Today's World?

09/02/17 - What Are HOA Lawyers Saying About Solar Installations In HOA

09/01/14 - Maintenance, Repair and Replacement and Other Considerations in 2009... Tough Choices for HOA Boards ­ Is Tough Love in Order?

2008:

08/12/11 - Brief Briefing on Some 2008 Cases of Interest"

08/11/6- HOA "Foreclosure Recovery Bill"

08/10/15 - Board Maintenance Decisions After Ritter vs. Churchill Condominium Association

08-9-11 - Pending Legislation on Rrental Amendments and Payment Plans ­ and a Scary New Case Decision on HOA Judgement About Maintenance - WATCH OUT FOR THESE!

08/8/20 - More on Coping with abandoned and difficult properties

08/7/19 - Abandoned Property - Dead Landscape - What are the Options?

08/6/19 - Rental Restrictions - Are they Legal?

08/5/27 - HOA Transfer Fees, What Charges Are Legal, Proper and Acceptable?

08/4/21 - Managers - Do You Think Being "Indemnified" Delivers You From All Evil? Think Again!

08/3/21 - HOA Elections - Candidates - Voting - Good Standing Issues

08/2/21 - Very Large Special Assessments in Very Trying Times

08/1/16 - It's Time to "Sharpen the Saw"

2007:

07/12/7 - T'is the Season - Help Owners Figure Out What They Can Do -

07/11/15 - Agendas Play An Important Role in Board Meetings After January 1, 2008.

07/10/25 - Elections/Elections Rules

07/09/29 - In the Event of An EQ Are You Willing to Walk Away From Your Home & Lose Your Investment?

07/08/30 - Most Common Mistakes in Approving Contracts

07/07/25 - HOA Transfer Fees