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.
As the seesaw battle of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, HOA boards and managers are torn between the fear of reopening amenities and the desire of residents to enjoy their use. Pools, gyms, and tennis courts are hot issues now as HOAs try to return toward normalcy.
Many mold consultants treat mold as if it were asbestos. Asbestos is truly dangerous. Unlike mold, when inhaled into the lungs, the body cannot absorb or break down asbestos. But mold consultants typically develop repair protocols which are virtually identical to asbestos protocols.
In 2000 a new “toxic mold” panic swept the country, and twenty years (of lawsuits and billions of dollars) later, major myths persist, frightening property owners and managers. The myths all too often cause exaggerated repairs, unduly frighten residents, and create unnecessary conflict.
Residents in our HOA are encouraged to report rule violations. I and others have reported violations directly to the manager, primarily because the phone numbers and email addresses for any of the board members are not public for the residents. How do we follow up on reports of violations and/or obtain statuses?
Our association cancelled the March meeting and then April’s meeting was held by a teleconference with just the board members. Is this legal? We have not received any information about what was discussed in this meeting.
Too many HOA boards overlook or disregard the reserve fund as unnecessary. This is unwise, because the reserve fund is a critical component of the healthy HOA. Don’t fall for the myths.