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Our firm distributes the Community Association Update to track recent developments in Community Association law and to respond to issues raised by our clients and their management. If you have a topic or issue you would like to see covered in future editions, please click above to send us a question.

AB 690 - Management Disclosures
AB 534 - Notice of Lien Claims
Reasonable Rent Restrictions
Business Judgment Rule Application
Governor Declares End of Drought

What does Legalized Marijuana Mean for your HOA?
'No Cost' Collections Can Prove Very Costly
Pre-Lien Demands and FDCPA Concerns
Access to Membership List Must be for a Proper Purpose

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update (2017)

Business Judgment Rule Does Not Protect the "Willfully Ignorant"
HOA Liability for Employees of Independent Contractors
Could HOA Assessments Become Tax Deductible?
Governor Lifts 25% Mandatory Water Reduction

Vetting HOA Vendors & their Contracts
Simplified FHA Recertification
Homeowner Attorneys at HOA Board Meetings
Sober Living Homes in you HOA?

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update (2016)

AB 596: New FHA/VA Disclosures
Avoiding Claims of "Selective Enforcement"
Occupancy Limitations and HOAs
Increased Maintenance Requirements for HOA Pools

Expanded Scope of Judicial Deference: Renter Fees
Hardwood Flooring & 'Nuisance' Noise
Expanded Scope of Attorney's Fees Awards
Expanded Emergency Regulation: Irrigation Activities
Personal Food Gardens Becoming a Nuisance?

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update (2015)

Repair/Replacement of Exclusive Use Common Area
Attorneys at IDR
Low-water using Plants; Watering During Droughts
Property Damage Liability on Nuisance Grounds
Are You Prepared for the New Annual Disclosures?

Inspection & Copying of Association Records
HOAs Prohibited from Fining for Failure to Water
Motorized Scooters in HOA Common Areas?
HOA Restrictions on Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigs)
Non-residents Accessing HOA Property?

HOA Standing to Sue Developer over Parking Rights
Clarifying Attorney-Client Privilege in CD Litigation
Community Website for our HOA?
HOA Dealing with Unruly Tenants?

HOA Compliance with CA Pesticide Regulations
Do "No-Cost" HOA Collection Companies "Wield Unchecked Power"?
Court Upholds HOA Enforcement of 'Maid-Unit' Rent Restriction
HOA Committee Meetings Open to the Membership?

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update (2014)

Tendering Lawsuits Brought Against the HOA
HOA Election Rules for Director Qualifications
SB752: Commercial & Industrial CID Act Signed into Law
HOA Managers Not "Contractors," But Beware...

Who is Entitled to Attend Board Meetings on an Owner's Behalf?
HOA Collection Procedures: Strict Compliance Required
Equal Access to HOA Media Outlets During Election Campaigns
Dealing with Homeowner Delay in ADR Scheduling

New Article: HOA Reserve Accounts & Reserve Studies
New Legislation: AB 2237 - Contractor Licensing Law
Asked & Answered: Restrictions on Companion & Service Animals
Asked & Answered: HOA Required to Allow Artificial Grass?

New Case Law: Recovering Pre-Litigation Attys' Fees
New Case Law: Turning up the Heat on Res. Des. Profes.
New Article: Responding to Requests for Accommodation
HOA Gets 'Smoked' in Nuisance Enforcement Case

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update (2013)

New Case Law: Assessment Collections Fees in "No-Cost" Contracts
New Case Law: Recovering Attorneys' Fees in HOA Election Disputes"
New Legislation: AB 2273: Resecuring HOA Assessment Streams
FHA Releases Revisions to Condominium Approval Guidelines

New Legislation: Davis-Stirling Reorg. Bills Signed! Effective 01/14
New Resource: "HOA Concerns in Contracting with Vendors"
New Case Law: Arbitration Provisions Rise Again in CD Disputes
Asked & Answered: Imposing Assessments for Exclusive Use Common Area Maintenance

New Resources: "Committees: Delegating Authority to Achieve Efficiency"; "Disabled Residents and the Law"
New Case Law: Protecting HOA Members' Easement Rights
Asked & Answered: HOA Risk in Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

New Resources: "Association Repair and Renovation Loans"; "Challenges to Association Elections"; "Rogue Directors: Battling Bad Behavior"

New Legislation: SB 880 - EV Charging Stations ("Clean Up" Measure)
New Case Law: HOA Standing in Lawsuits with Third Parties
New Resources: HOA Surveillance Cameras; Owner Bankruptcies

2012 Legislative & Case Law Update

New Legislation: SB 563 - Board and their Business;
Asked & Answered: Requiring Boards to Sign "Ethics Rules";
New Case Law: Statements about Board Candidates are Privileged

Legislative Updates: Rental Restrictions; EV Charging Stations; Artificial Turf

New Case Law: Recovering Repair Costs after Redemption
Asked & Answered: Short Sales; Trust Beneficiaries

Independent Contractor Liability; Anti-SLAPP Motions

Easements; Suspended Associations; Hoarding Inspections

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update condo law

Asked & Answered: Association Video Surveillance Cameras 

Construction Issues: Surety Bonds; Height Restrictions 

Annual Legislative & Case Law Update 


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Our firm publishes articles addressing popular issues faced by our clients and industry partners. The information contained in the articles below may be of value to you, your Association and its management. Our HOA Lawyer Blog is also a great resource for mini-articles on an array of Homeowners Association topics, news and recent case law.

hoa law firm Inspection and Copying of Association Records california homeowners law
An overview of member record-inspection rights and the related requirements of the HOA.
HOA Compliance with California Pesticide Regulations california hoa law
An overview of the pesticide notification requirements applicable to HOAs and their vendors.
"Tendering" Lawsuits Brought Against the HOA california community association
Helpful guidance for HOA Boards and their management.
Association Reserve Accounts and Reserve Studies california hoa
Understanding the importance of properly funding and maintaining a reserve account.
Responding to Requests for Accommodation california hoa
What constitutes a disability and what information is obtainable by an Association.
The Basics of AB 805 california hoa
An overview of the substantive changes to the Davis-Stirling Act effective Jan. 2014
HOA Concerns in Contracting with Vendors california hoa
Understanding how to protect the interests of the HOA and its members
Committees: Delegating Authority to Achieve Efficiency california hoa
Utilizing committees to circumvent Civil Code constraints on conducting HOA business.
Disabled Residents and the Law california hoa
The legal obligations of a HOA in accommodating disabled residents.
Rogue Directors: Battling Bad Behavior homeowners association lawyers
Measures for dealing with improper HOA director conduct.
Challenges to Homeowners Association Elections condo law
The who, what, when and why of HOA election disputes.
Association Repair and Renovation Loans
Issues and concerns relating to borrowing by an Association.
Bankrupt Owners in Your Community
Bankruptcy basics and the common issues affecting Associations.
Surveillance Cameras within your Association
The potential benefits of HOA surveillance cameras and guidelines for their use.
Drifting Tobacco Smoke in the Condominium Environment
Understanding Association rights and obligations to prevent unwanted smoke exposure.
SB 563: Boards and their Business
A breakdown of the 2011 legislation impacting board meetings.
SB 150 and the Impact on Rental Restrictions
Why Associations must evaluate their rental restrictions NOW.
Absorbing Credit Card Transaction Fees
Why providing credit card processing of assessment payments may be problematic for an Association.
Guarding Members' Contact Information
How to prevent unwanted disclosure of members' private contact information.