Write-In Candidates: When are they Required?

Published in the ECHO Journal, March 2013 A major legislative overhaul of how homeowners associations in California are required to conduct director elections (and other membership votes) occurred in 2006.[1] […]

Water, Water Everywhere – Who Is Responsible For The Damage?

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2013 A burning question for associations and owners is who is responsible to make repairs and restore property when there is a water leak […]

Monthly Irrigation Tips

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2013 Jan – Monitor irrigation related water meters in “off season” for mainline leaks. Feb – Pre-season irrigation review. Repair, check, and fine tune […]

It Takes a Village

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2013 Owner and the Association’s Mutual Maintenance Responsibility and How It Affects the Building Longevity Have you, the board member, or your association manager […]

Changing the Rules: Can the Board of Directors Transfer Maintenance Responsibilities to the Owners?

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2013 A Board of Directors may at times wish to transfer a part of the Association’s maintenance responsibility to the individual owners. This can […]

HOA Guide to Painting: How to Choose the Best Color and Contractor

Repainting the buildings in your association can be a daunting task, but we’ve got you covered. Learn how to select the right colors, what finishes to use, how to prepare […]

Serving on the Board: It’s About Team Building and Leadership

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2013 Whether you are a newly elected board member or one who has served for several years, you should come to the table with […]

Changes At DEFH, And Why It Matters To You

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2013 The acronym “DEFH” is becoming increasingly known to homeowner’s associations, and in a most unhappy way. The California Department of Employment and Housing […]

Why AB 2237 Does Not Require California Community Association Managers to have a General Contractor’s License Unless…

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2013 The blogosphere has been burning up lately over a new law that some commentators say might require California community association managers to have […]