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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Beaumont Tashjian Welcomes its Newest Team Member - Kumar Raja, Esq.

Beaumont Tashjian is pleased to announce that Kumar Raja, Esq. has joined the firm.

Kumar S. Raja, Esq. is a senior associate at Beaumont Tashjian, where he primarily handles the Firm’s litigation and enforcement matters. He also provides general counsel services for the Firm's diverse community association clientele on a wide array of subjects, including risk management and corporate governance. His passion is developing creative solutions which foster community harmony. Board member education and support are cornerstones of Mr. Raja's practice. Mr. Raja has over 10 years of experience representing common interest developments.

Mr. Raja holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (Dean's Honor List), where he wrote for the school's newspaper (Daily Bruin). At Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (J.D. 2002), Mr. Raja participated in the school's Scott Moot Court Program and completed externships at the LA City Attorney's Office and U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Hon. Kathleen March).

Mr. Raja is a proud member of Community Associations Institute (CAI) and has been an invited guest speaker at state and local CACM and CAI chapters throughout the state. He is an award-winning author having written several articles on Covid-19 topics and new legislation affecting common interest developments. 

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Monday, August 2, 2021

The Los Angeles Homelessness Crisis: How the City’s New Anti-Camping Law Impacts Your Community

The homelessness crisis in Los Angeles is impossible to ignore. While it seems that over the years, the crisis has become embedded into the fabric of the City’s culture, with encampments such as Skid Row becoming household names, legislators and local leaders have continued to grapple with solving, or at least mitigating exacerbation of the situation. It’s also no secret that this hot button issue has left community association boards and managers wondering, “What is the City doing to help?”

This question is more relevant than ever, given the pandemic’s impact on homelessness over the last year alone. As of the date of this letter, the State of California reports the highest homeless population by far, according to the U.S.


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Monday, July 5, 2021

RIDGELINE PROTECTION ORDINANCE: REZONING THE BEL AIR BEVERLY CREST NEIGHBORHOOD

As you may be aware, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission is currently considering two ordinances meant to protect the City’s ridgelines: (1) the Ridgeline Protection Ordinance (CPC-2021-3001-CA), and (2) the Zone Change Ordinance (CPC-2021-3059-ZC). If implemented, these proposed ordinances would create a two-step process whereby the City Planner would re-zone much of the area located East of Interstate 405 to Coldwater Canyon Drive between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

The Ridgeline Protection Ordinance coupled with the Zone Change Ordinance establish a new district in the Los Angeles Municipal Code and are intended to address maintenance of the ridgelines within the city. In short, this ordinance will be used to re-zone the lots located closest to ridgelines, create two new zoning designations, RP1 and RP2, and implement development regulations to “preserve and protect” the ridgelines that surround the City of Los Angeles.

If approved, future buildings would be required to follow strict guidelines for construction, improvements and development including height and grading restrictions on nearly all of the lots between Interstate 405 and Laurel Canyon.


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Monday, June 7, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE

As you have heard, effective June 15th, the State of California and Governor Newsom have confirmed that restrictions and protocols related to the pandemic have been lifted. This means that counties are no longer placed into “tiers” based upon their COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations, and very limited mitigation measures are in place. Specifically, there are “no restrictions” for capacity or physical distancing, with respect to most venues. In other words, the association’s fitness center, clubhouse, swimming pool area, etc. may reopen fully, without limitations.


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Monday, April 5, 2021

The HOA Show Podcast Presents: Episode 16: “AMENDING AND RESTATING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS” with BRITTANY A. KETCHUM, ESQ.

In this episode, Brittany A. Ketchum, Esq. was a guest on The HOA Show Podcast.



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Monday, March 1, 2021

Beaumont Tashjian Assessment Collections Technology Services (BT ACTS)

Beaumont Tashjian’s Assessment Collection Technology Service (BT ACTS) is a 24-hour, full-service online collection recovery system that significantly streamlines your community’s collection process.

Delivering Real-Time Results

Now more than ever, boards need the very latest information regarding delinquent accounts in order to make informed and educated decisions in the collection process. BT ACTS eliminates archaic monthly status reports and allows managers to check the status of delinquent accounts online for real-time updates and information.

BT ACTS also tracks the relevant statutory time frames of each delinquent account so that unnecessary delays are not only minimized, but prevented. Our calendaring system alerts us to the “next step” which prevents unintentional hold-ups and guarantees prompt assessment recovery as soon as legally possible.


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Monday, February 22, 2021

Court Holds that Short-Term Rentals are Not Considered an Unauthorized “Business Use” - By: A.J. Jahanian, Esq.

With Assembly Bill 3182 taking effect this past January, community association boards lost significant leeway to exercise their discretion and adopt/enforce rental restrictions. Though many rental restrictions, such as minimum lease term requirements, and “caps” on the total number of rentals within the community at a given time are intended to help maintain property values and minimize increases in insurance premiums, the State is nonetheless prioritizing expanding the pool of homes available to renters. Similarly, the Court in Lastavich v. Nob Hill Homeowners Association recently confirmed that short-term rentals are not considered an unauthorized commercial use of the home.

In this case, owners were using their condominium unit as a short-term vacation rental when a neighbor sued the association after becoming fed up with the increased foot traffic and alleged noise emanating from the unit and its various tenants.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE By: Tawnza Sofranko, Esq.

As of the date of this publication, the State’s “Regional Stay at Home Order” has been lifted.  This order shut down gatherings and imposed a strict curfew.  What does this mean? 

As you likely know, every county in California has been assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and case rate.  In the absence of the Regional Stay at Home Order, associations should defer to county guidelines, which may begin to relax in the coming weeks or months, depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

The following summarizes the recent changes within each county which may or may not impact current association operations.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Maintaining Your Association’s Corporate Status: What’s the Big Deal? By: Tara Radley, Esq.


The vast majority of community associations in California are incorporated. This means they have filed Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State (“SOS”) and function as corporations within the meaning of the California Corporations Code. It also means the association must take on-going action to maintain its corporate status.

In order to keep the association’s corporate status in good standing, various administrative tasks are required. If these tasks are not completed and/or fall off the radar of the association, the consequences may be significant.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Senate Bill 1079 - Foreclosure Proceeding Changes Recently Enacted into Law

Senate Bill 1079, which was recently signed into law, changes practices for the sale of residential units/lots via nonjudicial foreclosure. This new law will be in effect between January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2026, and is intended to help “eligible bidders” (i.e., a tenant currently occupying the foreclosed unit/lot; a person that intends to reside in the unit/lot for no less than one year; and designated nonprofit housing entities) in securing affordable housing. Note, prior law required the notice of sale to contain specified notices to potential bidders and to the property owner.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

COVID-19: The Latest State Mandate by: A.J. Jahanian, Esq.

          As most have certainly heard by now, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a “Regional Stay at Home Order,” taking effect December 5, 2020. Among other things, it provides that the California Department of Public Health will be charge with identifying the adult ICU capacity for each particular “region,” and if those capacities fall below 15%, more stringent mandates/guidance will apply (i.e., individuals in those regions are “ordered” to stay at their place of residence, except for certain permitted activities, such as outdoor recreation, political expression and worship, seeking critical services, etc.).


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