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Is your neighbor a nuisance -- legally?

Living in a California residential community often means you become part of a homeowners' association. More than likely, it also means that you live within close proximity to your neighbors. Your neighbor may engage in some activity that you consider a nuisance, but you don't think you can do anything about it.

New laws benefit HOA members

Homeowners' associations seem more like dictatorships rather than organizations meant to benefit the residents of a particular community, and not just here in California. If you have ever been at cross-purposes with your HOA, you may understand that sentiment. The law provides you with certain rights and protections, but that doesn't necessarily mean that your HOA follows them.

New to a neighborhood with an HOA?

If you purchase a home in California in a neighborhood with a homeowners' association, you may not understand what that means. If you are unfamiliar with HOAs and how they work, it is helpful to educate yourself and learn more about neighborhood covenants before you sign on the dotted line.

Violations and variances from your neighborhood's CC&R

If you live in a California neighborhood with an HOA or you are considering such a move, you may find it beneficial to learn more about the way HOAs work, including how to resolve disputes and violations. This effort is prudent for every homeowner, as it may be necessary at some point to contest the actions of an HOA or protect your interests in the event of a dispute. 

Homeowners should understand the ABCs of CC&Rs

If you buy or rent a home or condo, you may know that there could be certain regulations in place through a homeowners association or a condo owners association. The intent of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) are to protect the look and integrity of the neighborhood or community, but homeowners would be wise to protect themselves by learning how they work.

Is your HOA dampening your holiday spirit?

As Christmas approaches, you may have great plans for how you will decorate your California home for the holidays. It's exciting to pull out the decorations, but before you start climbing ladders and stapling lights to your roof, it is smart to know what your homeowners association allows in terms of outside Christmas decorations.

HOA's role in regulating animal waste

You love animals as much as the next person. Like the majority of people in California, you probably even own a dog or cat yourself. The companionship of a pet is something most people place high in importance in their lives, and animals, especially dogs, have a way of winning the affection of even the coldest hearts.

Governing documents and the HOA's responsiblities

Living in a California community with an HOA has many advantages, but there are times in which your relationship with this organization can become contentious in the event of a dispute. Dealing with issues and complications with your HOA is not always easy, and there are times in which it is necessary to know your rights and how to protect your interests.

Should you take legal action against your HOA?

California homeowners who live in a neighborhood with a homeowners' association know that sometimes there are issues that can lead to a tense or even contentious relationship with the HOA. As a homeowner, you may find yourself in this situation, and you may be wondering if there is anything you can do, especially if you experienced a violation of your rights.

Are your HOA restrictions too strict?

If you are looking at a California property governed by a homeowners association, the property manager may have offered you a document outlining the covenants, conditions and restrictions for living there. On the other hand, perhaps you have lived in your home for years and never bothered to read over the CC&R. Maybe there is some dispute among your neighbors that has brought this document to your attention.