Eliminating Quorum Requirements – One size does not fit all

Recently there has been significant discussion of and movement toward modification of homeowner and community association voting processes. Much of the focus of these activities has centered on efforts to make elections easier by eliminating quorum requirements through a Bylaw amendment.  It has been suggested that eliminating quorum will help to avoid the problem of membership…
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Community Associations and Indoor Pollutants

By: David A. Loewenthal, Esq.

Environmental quality of indoor air has received  increasing attention over the last decade as the nation has become more informed about the dangers of indoor pollution.  As with noise and pets,  issues regarding indoor pollutants are a constant source of disputes within community associations.  Though this can…
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The Pros and Cons of Construction Defect Litigation

The purpose of this article is to assist Board of Directors in determining whether or not they should proceed forward in filing a construction defect action involving their common interest development. For the purposes of this article, the distinction between Civil Code §1375, also known as the Calderon Act, and the ultimate filing of a…
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The Mold and The Dutiful

The media has jumped on the topic of mold. Newspapers and magazines publish article after article about “toxic mold” and TV News Shows have featured the topic of mold. Articles addressing “toxic mold” have become commonplace in many publications and appear to have lulled many who are not immediately affected by a mold related issue…
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Dealing with Differences and Conflicts Using Communication and Mediation

In a perfect world, everyone would get along and there would not be a need for ways to resolve conflict. Unfortunately conflicts do arise and it is especially prevalent among homeowners residing in Common Interest Developments. Such conflicts may arise between the Board of Directors with an individual homeowner or between two (2) or more…
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Tee’d Off

Golf Course Developments: Tee’d Off Owners, How Do We Limit Exposure?

You are enjoying your morning coffee looking out over the beauty of a dewcovered fairway from the serenity of your home when “bam,” a golf ball careens off your sliding glass door or your roof. Your magic moment is destroyed and your blood pressure…
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Tenants – For Better or Worse

When an owner purchases a property as an investment, the legal obligations of renting may be far from the owners mind. Some owners, not wanting the responsibility, hire a licensed real estate broker to find a qualified tenant and manage the tenancy for a fee. Owners handling the rental themselves should be familiar with the…
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AB2289 – Assessment Collection Procedures


AB2289 was enacted on September 29, 2002 , which in essence modifies specific sections contained in the Davis-Stirling Act. The following discusses the effect of AB2289 on associations collection procedures for delinquent assessments.


AB2289 clearly requires that all associations distribute a written…
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SB800 – Construction Defects

The intent of SB800 is to facilitate and improve the resolution of construction defect claims. SB800 applies to single-family homes, condominiums and town homes originally sold on or after January 1, 2003, and is binding on all original purchasers and their successors in interest. The bill identifies new procedures for taking action against builders, architects…
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Should Your Association Revise Its Governing Documents?

There’s nothing like a full-scale disaster to force an Association and its counsel to take a long serious look at the documents which the Board, the members, the property manager and prospective buyers and lenders rely on in evaluating any number of issues that effect them almost on a daily basis. On January 17, 1994,…
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