Category Archives: HOA Rules

May14

The coronavirus pandemic has upended many aspects of Southern Californians’ personal and professional lives. As our state begins to move into a phased re-opening, life in your HOA will likely not return to exactly what it was before – at least not in the short-term. However, all challenges reveal new opportunities, so there are many…

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Apr20

Southern California has a long history with homeowners associations and nearly all of the area’s new construction is part of an HOA. While all southern Californians love the region’s geographic diversity and roughly 280+ days of sun per year, inland and coastal homeowners associations face slightly different challenges. Here are a few key topics to…

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Feb24

We know that rule enforcement is generally a touchy subject for HOA members. It’s the same for the HOA management company. No one feels great about issuing violation notices to homeowners. However, there is an important reason these rules exist at all: to protect and preserve property values by making sure that the community is…

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Dec23

As a homeowner in an HOA, you probably receive a constant influx of information about your homeowners association, your HOA board of directors, your rights and responsibilities as a homeowner and the management company that helps facilitate it all. It’s hard to keep straight who does what and why it’s important. In this article, we’ll…

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Aug29

Whether it’s a natural occurrence like a wildfire or earthquake or an avoidable catastrophe like flooding from a burst pipe, when major damage affects your home or property it can be tough to determine where to turn for help and advice or how to determine the responsibility of the owner vs. association. In this article,…

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Jul29

Online short-term rental brokers (think AirBnB, VRBO and HomeAway) are here to stay. While the new sharing economy has opened up lots of opportunities for homeowners to generate additional income, these peer-to-peer business models can create headaches for homeowners associations. This is an issue that many San Diego, Inland Empire and Orange County HOA management…

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Jun11

Homeowners are often overwhelmed at all the information contained in their HOA’s governing documents. It’s no wonder— an association’s covenants, conditions & restrictions (CC&Rs), bylaws and rules & regulations are packed with information, some of which is written in dense legalese.  When we published our article about “Understanding the Differences between CC&RS, Bylaws and Rules…

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Jul26

Your community’s CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) are probably 100+ pages packed with legal-sounding jargon. It can be a lot to get through. If you just moved into a community—or decided to finally crack open your governing documents after living in an HOA for awhile, here’s some good news: there are really only two main…

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May21

Violation notices are the least-liked aspect of living in a community with a homeowners’ association. However, it’s important to remember that violation notices aren’t punitive. The reason rules and regulations are in place is to make your community look great and increase your property value. It can be frustrating to keep track of the many…

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Dec15

Do you have great ideas about how your community can be managed more efficiently? Would you like to become more involved in your HOA’s daily operations? Do you have the time, dedication and enthusiasm to regularly volunteer your skills for the benefit of your community? If so, then you’re a perfect candidate to run for…

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