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July 2018 Archives

Homeowners' association members want to save their trees

The landscaping of a California neighborhood can attract certain types of residents. Whether it is an older community with mature trees or a younger neighborhood with trees that will grow with their residents, the last thing homeowners' association members may want is for the board to unilaterally decide to change the landscaping. One community in the state is banding together in order to save the trees that the HOA wants to cut down.

Homeowners associations can have some interesting rules

A homeowners associate is a group of people who come together to make sure that a neighborhood or specific area stays in good shape. These volunteers come up with rules and guidelines for what is acceptable and what isn't. Unfortunately, you are subjected to these HOA policies if you live in an area that is governed by them.

Many homeowners' association members wish they had read ahead

When purchasing a residence here in California, buyers engage in a great deal of due diligence in order to make sure they are purchasing the property they believe they are. Title searches, home inspections and appraisals are just part of that process. However, one piece of advice that many homeowners' association members may give to prospective buyers is to read up on the rules, covenants, conditions and restrictions and bylaws, along with any other pertinent documentation, about the HOA before signing on the dotted line.

HOA members stand up against racial profiling by board member

Just about everyone knows that the federal government and the state of California prohibit employers from discriminating against people based on race, religion or gender, among other things. Those same prohibitions extend to housing, which includes homeowners' associations. Recently, HOA members in another state took a stand against a board member who was racially profiling a member of their community.

Homeowners' association members can incite changes in the rules

Many California homeowners live with the rules of their communities. Homeowners' association members may not be able to paint their homes a color they want to or may not be able to put in an addition to their home if the HOA board will not approve it. Sometimes, these rules seem unreasonable, and those who live in the community may be able to make changes. 

Can the new HOA board change the old one's decisions?

Many California residents like to think that there is some semblance of democracy when living in a residential community. The homeowners elect the HOA board, which then enforces the community's laws. However, as is the case with any governing body, the newly elected officials sometimes attempt to reverse or otherwise override the decisions of the prior board.

Yes, a sober-living home could be in your community

Living in a Homeowner's Association, you may assume that everyone has to be of a certain background. Maybe everyone would have to afford the home and work for a living, being quiet and supportive of the community, for example. That's not always how HOA's are, though. Sometimes, they contain other facilities, like residential care facilities.

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