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Does a New Law Override CC&R Restrictions on "Granny Units?"

Several board members are concerned about changes to the California laws that regulate “Accessory Dwelling Units” (sometimes called “Granny Units”). Some are wondering if this law applies to HOAs.

Category: HOA Governance, Legal, Legislation

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Boards Have a New Obligation to Stop Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act prohibits the HOA boards from discriminating against protected classes. But changes to the Act now require the board to intervene when third parties discriminate.

Category: Legal, Legislation

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2015 ECHO Board Election & Bylaws Update

In October, we mailed a proxy to all 1300 homeowner associations who are members of ECHO - the voting members of our community. The letter was sent to the HOA President listed in our records. We hope your HOA board or board president will take the time to review the voting materials and return them to the ECHO office. If you'd like to know more about the candidates running for the ECHO Board, please read about them below:

Category: ECHO News

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California Makes Artificial Grass Permanent

This month, Governor Brown signed AB 349, a drought bill aimed at California HOAs that restrict the installation of artificial turf. Significant protections already exist for owners who wish to install “low water-using landscaping,” but AB 349 goes a step further, directly addressing artificial turf.

Category: ECHO News, Legislation

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Water Conservation Now Mandatory for California Residents

As we enter another hot, dry Californian summer, Governor Brown is taking immediate action to drastically improve our state’s conservation efforts. For the first time in recorded state history, conservation is now mandatory for all residents.

Category: ECHO News, Maintenance

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Remembering Dorothy

It is with great sadness that we must share the news of the passing of our friend Dorothy Kopczynski. For over 33 years Dorothy worked at the heart of ECHO as a steadfast employee and a wonderful and loving friend to all who knew her.

Category: ECHO News

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6 Elements of a Successful Monthly Meeting

Every HOA president has the same common goal: to make the monthly homeowners meetings less scattered and more productive. For this president to reach his goal of shorter, more efficient meetings that still allowed homeowners to air opinions and the board to discuss, debate, and take action on various issues, he streamlined how and what they did. 

Category: HOA Governance

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New Director of Marketing and Membership

We’re excited to announce that Carly Melius is ECHO’s new Director of Marketing and Membership. Carly’s goal is to make ECHO an indispensable tool for HOA board members who want to build healthy HOA communities and perform their duties more easily.

Category: ECHO News

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HOAs Fall Off Politicians' Radar in Times of Election

Elections are just around the corner, meaning it's all about politics this year. More to the point, it’s all about Republicans and Democrats. This is the season of the candidates, the issues, and the Parties. We hear everything about illegal immigration, the economy, and the war. But what about HOAs, which house millions of Americans? Why aren't community associations represented?

Category: HOA Governance

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ECHO Supports HOA Claims in Architectural Lawsuit

ECHO was instrumental to the court ruling on the Beacon Residential Community Association vs. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The court held unanimously that principal architects can be liable to the eventual buyers of a development. 

Category: ECHO News

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