Boards of directors make decisions that affect what is usually people’s largest personal financial investment: their homes. Understanding the intricacies of how their decisions affect homeowners is rightly a heavy responsibility of HOA board members. The stakes and the pressure are high. However, it is extraordinarily rewarding when a board exceeds the expectations of the community, and projects are completed professionally, on time, and under budget.
California is used to wildfires. But the Golden State’s record-breaking 2020 wildfire season was particularly brutal. A blistering heatwave fueled dozens of simultaneous fires – conditions that spurred Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide state of emergency. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their residences. But that was not – and is not – the only threat California residents face. The heavy rains earlier this year caused a collapse of a portion of Highway 1 near Big Sur due to a “debris flow” of trees, boulders, water, and mud, meaving behind a 150-foot-wide gap. Thousands of Monterey County residents were impacted by evacuation orders. The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused many residents to question whether the common facilities they share with others are safe and to consider how to respond to an outbreak in their community.
In California, the majority of construction defect claims for original residential construction are governed by the Right to Repair Act (Cal. Civil Code §§ 895-945.5) also commonly referred to as SB 800. The statutory framework of SB 800 defines what constitutes an actionable construction defect pursuant to enumerated ‘functionality standards’ for various components of construction. A violation of the functionality standards is actionable under the law and provides homeowners or community associations (hereinafter both referred to as ‘Homeowner(s)’) with a right to monetary compensation for the cost of repair and related damages. Homeowners are also entitled to recover reasonable investigative costs for each established violation. SB 800 additionally requires the parties to participate in a pre-litigation procedure designed to facilitate resolution and allow
There are wonderful benefits to living in a Condominium Association. A few are not having to mow the lawn and rake the leaves and not having the big expense of replacing a roof. Another nice benefit is having neighbors nearby for a safe sense of community. One topic that can be challenging for condo owners, however, is knowing what and what kind of insurance to get to be protected if an urban or Wildfire occurred. This article describes the five key coverages every Condominium owner needs to be insured wisely.
The Self-Managed Association: The Basics of Volunteer Led Management
At last count, California is home to over 54,000 homeowner associations. 20,000 of those describe themselves as self-managed or volunteer led. These include large suburban residential and condominium communities and urban
high-rise communities with employees fulfilling management duties to small single-family and condominium communities that are governed and managed by volunteer community members. No matter the size of the community or the number of employees, all California homeowner associations are required to adhere to the California Common Interest Development Act, better known as the Davis Stirling Act. T Click the button to read the entire article.