HOA Homefront is a syndicated weekly column that educates the public on issues pertaining to California residents living in common interest developments, their boards of directors, and community association managers. HOA Homefront is published in over a dozen Southern California newspapers.

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Reader Questions – Who Handles Those Termites?

Reader Questions – Who Handles Those Termites?

I live in a townhouse. My neighbor had termites and my other neighbor on the other side suspects them as do I.  We were told by the association that it is our responsibility to take care of them.  It just seems to me that termites come from the outside in and should be the responsibility of the association.  Could you shed some light on this for me.

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Legislators are Discussing Many Proposed New HOA Laws – Here are Sacramento’s Good Ideas

Legislators are Discussing Many Proposed New HOA Laws – Here are Sacramento’s Good Ideas

In typical years the Legislature considers a handful of bills concerning HOAs, but 2021 is an unusually heavy year. There are at least 20 bills pending that reference or directly affect common interest developments. Many are technical, but a handful of bills propose to make significant changes (some good, and some bad) to California associations. This column addresses five bills in which their current form would help HOAs, and next week’s will cover some unhelpful proposals.

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Behind Closed Doors – What Is (And Is NOT) OK in Closed Session

Behind Closed Doors – What Is (And Is NOT) OK in Closed Session

The Open Meeting Act (Civil Code Sections 4900-4955) is the HOA version of California’s “Brown Act,” requiring openness in governance meetings. However, the Brown Act (Government Code 54950-54963) generally applies to public agencies, commissions or private corporations created by a public agency. Since HOAs are private associations, the Brown Act does not apply to them, but the Open Meeting Act does apply.

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