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2015 Legislation - SB 655 - Moldy Buildings Deemed Substandard

This bill specifies that visible or otherwise demonstrable mold growth could cause a building in which such a condition is found to be deemed substandard.

State Law Mandates Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Homes and Communities

California law considers carbon monoxide a "hazardous substance" and rightfully so. With the immense safety concerns surrounding this toxic gas, the board of directors of your HOA may want to consider taking matters into their own hands. Learn about the laws associated with CO detectors and an association's responsibility to take charge. 

Mental Illness and Aberrant Behavior in HOAs

When a resident in an homeowners association exhibits extreme behavior that is criminal or suggests mental illness, the HOA's enforcement system of rules and fines is often completely inadequate. This article looks at the obligations of the board when dealing with aberrant behavior.

Make Your HOA a Safer Place: Security Assessments and Solutions

Break-ins and burglaries can hurt communities in more ways than one. Learn how to give the homeowners in your HOA peace of mind from a safe community with these useful measures, tips, and best practices for optimizing security. 

How to Protect Your Community's Trees from Uprooting

Winter weather often reveals negligent tree care, sometimes in the costly damage of a tree crashing to the ground. Learn how to protect your trees during the stormy months by identifying the different pruning techniques, structural damages, and decay that leads to a tree falling in your neighborhood. 

Protecting Your Association from Lead-Based Hazards

What is lead?

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead also can be emitted into the air from motor vehicles and industrial sources, and can enter drinking water from plumbing materials. This toxic metal is a public health concern; it is linked to behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death. Children six years old and under are most at risk. The most common sources of lead poisoning are:

Hiring a Professional Lead Abatement Contractor

What does an Abatement Contractor Do?

A lead abatement contractor certified by the California Department of Health Services (DHS) will notify OSHA, erect the proper containments, use the proper removal equipment under the required conditions, and properly dispose of the lead-based paint material. This ensures the safety of building residents as well as a safe working environment for the workers performing the renovation/repairs.

§714 - Solar Energy Systems

  1. Any covenant, restriction, or condition contained in any deed, contract, security instrument, or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of, or any interest in, real property, and any provision of a governing document, as defined in subdivision (j) of Section 1351, that effectively prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar energy system is void and unenforceable.

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