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.
Recently our board stopped dues collection for 6 months because they said some homeowners were experiencing financial hardship. The board has no plans to ask owners to pay back dues. Is this legal?
This year in Sacramento only one major HOA bill, Assembly Bill 3182, passed to become law effective January 1, 2021. The bill creates a new Civil Code Section 4741 banning “unreasonable” HOA rental restrictions. The new law creates some uncertainties but is mostly manageable.
Many HOA boards treat open forum as something to be endured, but if handled properly it can be a very positive feature of HOA meetings.
Reader Questions – HOA Elections – Related Inspection Firm, Candidacy Statement Limits, and Campaign Flyers
According to SB323 management is not allowed to participate in elections. But our management found a loophole – a spouse of one of the owners of the management company opened business as an Inspector of Election.
I wanted to know if you have any information in regard to the expiration of California CC&Rs. I’ve heard 20 years from the time of the recorded filing of the CC&Rs. I ask because I live in a subdivision development of homes that has no common areas but does have an HOA in which the developer transferred the CC&Rs to the HOA and homeowners.
I presented a petition signed by many homeowners concerning the color that they were going to paint the complex – we wanted a newer look. They wouldn’t consider the petition, saying that the subject had already been decided. Shouldn’t the board take into consideration what a goodly number of owners want?