Governing Document Amendments: Development Process and Court Intervention

To amend your HOA’s governing documents, you must begin by developing and presenting the amendments to the members. And sometimes, when a vote cannot be obtained, associations can use the […]

Beginner’s Guide to HOA Boards of Directors Duties and Responsibilities

Many new board members want an introductory guide that states in one place what are their duties and by what authority do they operate. This article discusses general concepts and […]

Amending Your HOA’s Governing Documents: Your Toughest Questions Answered

Sooner or later every homeowners association is faced with the question of whether or not to amend its governing documents, bylaws, and CC&Rs. Here are some common questions and answers […]

Every HOA Must Adopt Election Rules – Following the Civil Code Isn’t Enough

California HOA boards who fail to adopt elections rules are in violation of the law – even when they follow the procedures outlined in California’s Civil Code. This article explains […]

Small Association – The Big Picture – Compliance: Part II

Published in the ECHO Journal, October 2013 Are You Slowly Sinking In The Sea Of California Compliance Requirements? After Bailing, It is Get Your Coxswain and Crew in Place and […]

Small Association – The Big Picture – Compliance: Part I

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2013 Are You Slowly Sinking In The Sea Of California Compliance Requirements? Better Start Bailing! We bale hay and bail a boat. The government […]

Annual Policy Statement

Annual Policy Statement Overview The Annual Policy Statement is one of two main collections of disclosures required under the New Davis-Stirling Act. The second main collection of disclosures is contained […]

What You Need to Know: The New Davis-Stirling Act

The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Develop Act, or the Davis-Stirling Act, is the primary set of laws that govern common interest developments (CIDs) and homeowners associations (HOAs) in California. Since 1985, […]

Davis-Stirling Conversion Table

As of January 1st, the Davis-Stirling Act has been replaced by “New Davis-Stirling” – the renumbered and restated version of the laws that govern our communities. Both the new and […]

Help Manage Your HOA with a Maintenance Responsibility Chart

A maintenance responsibility chart can help your HOA establish consistency while reducing the need for lawyers to determine maintenance responsibilities in your community association. This chart lists each element that […]