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.
I received a traffic notice stating my HOA account was levied a fine of $100 for speeding, committed by my tenant’s caregiver. Is it lawful for an HOA to be able to fine an absentee owner for behavior of a guest not known to owner?
My HOA requires that trees be situated so “normal enjoyment of view by other lot owners shall be required.” It also says that the HOA controls tree trimming that “is necessary to prevent the obstruction of the view of lot owners.” Is this standard language or has it been prohibited by statute in any way?
I am on the Architectural Review Committee for our association. Recently homeowners have asked to attend the meetings. What are the guidelines for homeowner attendance at these meetings?
Do you have any information regarding the expiration of CC&Rs? I’ve heard 20 years from the time of the recorded filing of the CC&Rs. My subdivision development of homes has no common areas but does have an HOA. The CC&Rs don’t show up in the San Mateo county recorder system. I need to confirm whether the HOA should have renewed and recorded the revitalization of the CC&Rs as they are over 30 years old.
The 2021-2022 legislative session is underway and by mid-January the Legislature does not have any HOA bills pending. The past two years were eventful due to 2019’s Senate Bill 323’s substantial changes to the election processes, and 2020’s Assembly Bill 3182’s new protections of rentals within HOAs. In case a Legislator or their staff is reading, (or you want to suggest some improvements) here are ideas to HELP California HOAs.
It may not shock readers to know I have seen innumerable board meetings run far too long, exhausting volunteers and degrading the quality of the deliberations. Consider these tips to keep meetings moving forward efficiently.