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May 2016 Archives

When your HOA-governed property suffers damages

If you are a property owner in a planned residential community that operates under the authority of a Homeowners Association, you've likely got your bylaws and so-called CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions; please see our May 10 blog post) ready at hand in a home-based file or storage cabinet.

Is your HOA overstepping its governing authority?

Anyone who has ever lived in a planned community in Southern California for long has probably been frustrated by their HOA governance about one issue or another. It may be getting turned down for a simple landscaping idea. It may be a parking complaint. Often it is about neighbors. Who draws the line between HOA governing rules and individual homeowners' rights in California?

Taking a dive into Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs)

So, a neighbor in your planned residential community -- right next door to the dream property you and your spouse purchased and just knew would be tranquil and beautiful forever -- has put a decades-old Chevy up on blocks in his driveway and seems oblivious to the decibels its motor is cranking out while he works on it -- nightly.

HOA neighbors: you're all in this together

Moving to a townhouse development or condominium building managed by a homeowners association (HOA) can be a real shock to some people. Despite the bylaws that must be read and signed off on by every new member before moving in, some of the restrictive covenants come as a surprise. To others, there are no covenants that can be restrictive enough. Figuring out ways to get along with your neighbors is often the first step in avoiding costly litigation.