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.
Our HOA board has consistently said that they are having meetings to do emergency actions. I know that they talk on the telephone, decide what to say and never send out meeting minutes. They have decided to keep our gym closed. Can they close an amenity and keep it closed long past state and local authorities on the basis of under-educated people without medical consultation or proof?
In our culture, disagreement is mishandled more than ever before. However, disagreement is to be expected between directors of common interest developments (aka “HOAs”), and the way it is understood and handled can either enhance or harm the association community and its governance
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?