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Monday, January 1, 2018

AB 634 - Solar System Requirements

AB 634 (Eggman) Solar System Requirements.
Civil Code §714.1, §4600 & §4746
Effective January 1, 2018

Under AB 634, associations cannot establish a general policy prohibiting the installation or use of solar energy systems on the common area roof of the building where the owner resides, or a garage or carport assigned to the owner for exclusive use. Additionally, a vote of the membership is not required to grant exclusive use of common area for such purposes, and associations cannot require approval by a vote of the members as a condition to approval.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

SB 2 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act.

Government Code §27388.1; Health and Safety Code §50470, et seq.

Chaptered September 29, 2017

This bill enacts the Building Homes and Jobs Act. The bill imposes a fee, of $75 to be paid at the time of the recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, i.e., Assessment Lien, Release of Lien, Record Request for Notice of Trustees's Deed, Notice of Lis Pendens & Withdrawal, etc. not to exceed $225. By imposing new fees and duties, the bill is intended to create the Building Homes and Jobs Fund which is to be used towards affordable housing, home ownership opportunities, and other housing assistance programs.

This bill takes effect immediately as an urgency statute. However, as of November 9th, the following counties indicated the new law will go into effect as follows:

Los Angeles County - January 2018 (no specific date at this time)
Orange County - January 1, 2018
Riverside County - January 1, 2018
San Bernardino County - January 1, 2018
San Diego County - January 1, 2018
Santa Barbara County - January 1, 2018
Ventura County - January 1, 2018
Kern County - January (no specific date at this time)

As a reminder, the $75 recording fee is a cost that can be added to the delinquent owners account.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Recent California Cases in Community Association Law


"Published" court decisions are law, and binding, while "unpublished" court decisions are not law. Although not law, unpublished decisions are extremely valuable as they illustrate how courts address various issues commonly faced by common interest developments.

Lingenbrink v. Del Rayo Estates Homeowners Association, No. D070194 (Cal.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Making Decisions to Protect the Association, Board and Volunteers: The Business Judgement Rule

Board members face decisions every day in performing their duties on the Board of their association. These decisions range from maintenance decisions, such as hiring contractors to perform work, to enforcing governing documents. As we all know, every decision can be second-guessed by someone and can lead to litigation and potential exposure to personal liability. It is important for board members to know what steps they need to take to make sure their decisions are not second-guessed by another member of the association (or by the court if the decision is challenged in litigation).


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Friday, May 26, 2017

October 20 CAI Legal Forum


BGT Senior Partner Jeffrey A. Beaumont has been selected to speak at the 2017 CAI Legal Forum on October 20th in Universal City, CA. He will co-present with Robert Nordlund, Founder and CEO of Reserve Study, a program titled "Being Sued for Not Deciding or Doing!" For more information and to register, visit: Read more . . .


Friday, May 26, 2017

August 15 CAI-Orange County Chapter Luncheon


BGT Senior Partner Jeffrey A. Beaumont, Esq. will be speaking at the August 15 Orange County Chapter Luncheon on “How to Prepare for Small Claims Court.” For more information and to register, visit Read more . . .


Friday, May 26, 2017

June 15 and August 3 CAI-Channel Islands Chapter Programs


BGT Senior Partner Jeffrey A. Beaumont, Esq. will be co-speaking with Dennis Brooks of Design Build Associates for the CAI-Channel Islands Chapter Pismo Program on June 15th and Thousand Oaks Dinner on August 3rd. Their topic is on “Maintenance, Contracts & Contractors: Beyond the Basics.” For more information and to register, visit Read more . . .


Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 29 CAI Orange County Chapter Symposium and Expo


BGT Associate Attorney Brittany A. Ketchum has been selected to speak at the CAI-Orange County Chapter's Symposium and Expo on June 29th. She will speak on “Handling Marijuana Issues in HOAs.” BGT will also exhibit at the expo. For more information and to register, visit: Read more . . .


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

June 1 CAI-Greater Los Angeles Chapter Marketplace


BGT Partner Lisa A. Tashjian will be speaking at the CAI-Greater Los Angeles Chapter's San Fernando Valley HOA Marketplace on June 1st in Woodland Hills. She will present on "...
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Client Alert: Governor Lifts Drought Emergency in Most of California

On April 7, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought, and lifted the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne via Executive Order B-40-17. Consequently, unless a local government has declared a local emergency due to drought, an association is no longer prevented from imposing a fine against an owner for reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns. (Civil Code Section 4735 (c)(1)-(2).) Associations are encouraged to confirm with the local water purveyor/agency to determine the scope of local emergency drought regulations before taking enforcement action.

Note, Executive Order B-40-17 builds on actions taken in Executive Order B-37-16, which remains in effect, to continue making water conservation a way of life in California. The State Water Resources Control Board will continue to maintain urban water usage reporting requirements and interdictions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.

Although the Governor’s emergency order has been lifted, with exceptions, associations cannot adopt or enforce governing documents that prohibit, or effectively prohibit, owners from using low water-using plants or artificial turf in landscaping design. (Civil Code §4735.) Given the complexities surrounding this issue, many of our clients have enlisted our help to prepare guidelines on low water using plants and artificial turf, including rules and regulations regarding same. Please feel free to contact us to further discuss how we can help your association effectively address these issues.


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Step-by-Step Approach to Amending and Restating Governing Documents

By Brittany A. Ketchum, Esq.  

It seems as though the laws change as frequently as the tides. Some years see more legal changes than others – changes that greatly affect the way boards manage the association’s affairs. The laws governing community associations have experienced so much change within the past three to four years alone that it may make your community’s governing documents unreliable, especially as they relate to homeowner rights and the functions of the board, officers, and management. It only makes sense to have governing documents that are updated and reflect modern law. Moreover, relying on outdated, antiquated governing documents may expose associations, board members, and even management to liability.

Step #1: Evaluate the Existing Governing Documents

The first step in amending or restating governing documents, whether the CC&Rs or Bylaws, is to review and evaluate the documents to determine whether any provisions are inconsistent with laws. To the extent there is any conflict or inconsistency between the law and the CC&Rs, the law will prevail. To the extent there is any conflict or inconsistency between the CC&Rs and Bylaws, the CC&Rs will prevail. This became California law on January 1, 2014 when Civil Code Section 4205 was adopted to establish a hierarchy amongst governing documents. Reliance on a provision of the CC&Rs or Bylaws that is inconsistent with the law exposes the association to liability.


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