Sideswiping Owners Will Have A Backlash!

Published in the ECHO Journal, July 2011 If you are on the board in your homeowners association and you think that the owners are asleep at the wheel, you may […]

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2011 You may have heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This statement especially applies to community associations because […]

Rude and Unruly Board Members?

Published in the ECHO Journal, December 2011 Robert’s Rules of Order to the Rescue! Do you have a few board members, maybe even a board chair, who are sometimes a […]

SB 563 and You: How Amendments to the CID Open Meeting Act Affect Board Activities

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2012 Last fall Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 563 into law. The bill, authored by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, amends the Common […]

Is it an Emergency? Your HOA Board Can Use Email

In an emergency, HOA boards can use email to make critical decisions. But board members need to know what constitutes an “emergency” under the law.

Twelve Traits Every Great HOA Board of Directors Has

What differentiates a great board from just a good board? Great boards develop, maintain and value their credibility and their integrity. And they continually display, individually and as a group, […]

Building Community Involvement

Published in the ECHO Journal, April 2012 There are so many factors that go into running a successful association that listing them could prove exhausting and counterproductive in the area […]

17 Legal Rights of Homeowners Living in HOAs

Is there legal protection for homeowners? The answer is a resounding yes, and we can tell you why. Both board members and homeowners have a responsibility to know the rights […]

Recall: A Blessing or a Curse?

Published in the ECHO Journal, December 2012 This article is all about recall: what to do when served with a petition, how the process works, what the pitfalls are, how […]

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 […]