How Can HOAs Use Reserve or Settlement Funds?

Boards in need of cash may want to use cash in the reserve accounts or from legal settlements, but there are important restrictions.

HOAs and Defibrillators: the Pros and Cons

Should homeowner associations maintain defibrillators (or “AEDs”)? These life-saving devices can also be a source of major liability. Proceed with caution.

2017 Legislation – AB 1412 – Volunteer Officers Liability & Address Disclosure

Authorizes a common interest development association, when an owner fails to provide a certain required notice, to use the last address provided in writing by the owner, except as specified. […]

2017 Legislation – SB 451 – Liability for Harassment

Prohibits an association from being liable to any person because the governing documents of the association do not contain a provision that would authorize the association to stop harassment of […]

5 Policies You Should Consider When Hiring a Contractor

How does an association select the best bid and the right contractor? Don’t stop at price and quality: investigate these 5 policies before you hire a contractor and save your HOA […]

HOA Records Security: Protecting Homeowners’ Personal Information

How prepared is your HOA or management company in today’s high technology world of information? Have you taken the time to evaluate if association data are in compliance with the […]

Association and Management Company Found Liable in Workers’ Compensation Case

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2008 A recent California Court of Appeals case, Heiman v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, has shed new light on the potential liability that associations […]

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Homeowners Insurance

For many people, their home is their greatest asset, yet studies show that 59% of today’s homes are underinsured. Homeowners should update their insurance regularly to include improvements, major purchases […]

Legal Issues With HOA Websites

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2010 Many associations are establishing Websites and Internet Bulletin Boards for use by owners and residents. This article will discuss legal issues related to […]

Radar Imaging for Tree Risk Management in HOAs

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2012 As you are traveling home one evening, you notice a consistent dull pain in your lower back. As the weeks pass the pain […]