2016 Legislation – AB 1720 – 3rd Party Representation at Board Meetings

The Open Meeting Act requires associations to allow owners time to address the board at regular meetings. This bill would extend that right to any “representative” of a member of […]

2016 Legislation – AB 1720 – Owner Attorneys at Board Meetings

Current law requires the board to permit any member to attend and speak at any meeting, except for executive session meetings. This bill would require the board to permit a […]

Electronic Recordings During HOA Board Meetings

Should Individuals be Allowed to Record HOA Board Meetings? Drama! As the meeting starts the Directors and manager notice an owner pull out a handheld digital recorder and push the start […]

How to Effectively Use Methods of Communication in Your HOA

The Dilemma of Communication One of the biggest challenges for managers and boards of directors is to deal with both mundane and serious situations on a daily basis. If the […]

Minutes – The Legal Document of the Association

Published in the ECHO Journal, March 2008 Twenty-five years in the association management business have provided me with plenty of opportunities to review board meeting minutes and observe the various […]

Running an HOA Board Meeting: The Open Meeting Act

HOA board meetings are an essential part of running an association. But what exactly does it entail? This article discusses the laws for running your HOA’s meetings.  Attendance at Meetings […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Meeting Minutes

  The minutes of a community association are always extremely important. An association is a business, and like any other business it protects its history, preserves and maintains the records […]

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Published in the ECHO Journal, December 2010 Life consists of choices. We make decisions every day. Those decisions reflect our life experience and the way we think. Depending on the […]

Executive Sessions: Documentation and Minutes

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2011 Many people are unaware that the term “executive session” does not appear anywhere in the California Corporations Code. This is because, for most […]

Notice Requirements for HOA Meetings

Homeowner associations in California must comply with numerous statutes concerning meeting notice requirements. Whether it’s an event that occurs regularly, such as a board or members’ meeting, or an unusual […]