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Boards often worry about liability stemming from uninvited strangers: hikers, skateboarding children, bicyclists, etc. Don't worry! California law provides broad immunity for property owners against lawsuits stemming from recreational uses of the land by the uninvited public.

Both Federal and California law require HOAs to consider special accommodations for people with disabilities, even if those accommodations would violate the governing documents. Get to know Fair Housing and ADA requirements.

Many community associations face an increased number of complaints from non-smokers about their smoking neighbors and are being asked to take action. Some associations are responding to this increased regulation by adopting smoking restrictions, while others

California's community associations may distribute their budget packages and most annual financial disclosures to owners using email, websites, and other electronic means. HOA law has certain requirements that a board of directors must meet in order to legally distribute these documents over the internet. 

If you find areas of your HOA's governing documents are unclear in assigning responsibility for certain building components, you are not alone.  Determining who pays for what maintenance or repair cost is one of the most confusing situations a homeowner association has to handle. In condominiums and planned unit developments, different area classifications and aged buildings (that require more than just reroofing and exterior paint) complicate matters even further. Where the lines are drawn between homeowner and HOA responsibility greatly depends on whether the development is a condominium or a planned unit development (PUD).

 

Figuring out who pays for what in a HOA (the association or the homeowners) can be nothing but a headache. The best way to avoid these problems is to make sure the governing documents have clear provisions, discuss insurance options for individuals and the community association, and to act fairly while using common sense. Learn how to understand the law, manage your insurance, and determine maintenance responsibilities as a part of a community association.

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