VIDEO’s to help Members and the Board get the best bang for their buck

Learning Materials for

New Owners in a Condominium Association

DRE  Living in a CA Common Interest Development PDF

DRE Living in a Common Interest Development

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Our webpage on  Insurance you should consider if you are living in a condominium or homeowner association

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 Visit our Webpage on Minutes

see below for you tub videos on minutes & agenda

Significance of Board Meeting Minutes VIDEO

Incorporated associations are required to keep a record of their proceedings and that record is typically the minutes of board meetings. Yet the law doesn’t specify exactly what minutes should include (or omit). Clear minutes serve many purposes; they can eliminate disputes, provide clarity and greatly reduce expenses if facts stated in the minutes can challenged long after the minutes were adopted.



“Back in the day”, there was no requirement that a board adopt or post an agenda for meetings. Any item introduced for action could be acted on even if notice had not been given the members. This changed with the Open Meeting Act. It requires an association to post or distribute agendas

Meeting Notice 4920 i

No nothing can be done outside of an Open Meeting VIDEO

Previously, decisions by association boards could be made by email by “unanimous written consent” thus eliminating the need for an in-person board meeting. The concept was, if directors all agree on an action, there is no need to wait for a formal meeting for its implantation. The legislature changed that in the Common Interest Development Open Meeting Act. Except for emergencies, the Act prohibits the use of unanimous written consent (including email) and opts instead for more transparency so that association members can see and hear the board’s discussions on action items, even where the directors do not disagree.

§4930 Agenda or can’t discuss

Brown Act

Father of Davis Sterling


Brown Act Video

1st Amendment
Brown Act Primer

brown act primer

Legislative Intent of Brown & Davis Stirling  

Department of Real Estate
Reserve Study Guidelines for HOA Budgets
Department of Real Estate Reserve Study Guidelines

Reserves VIDEO's

you tube video's on reserves

Our webpages on

Reserve Study §5550

Legislative #Intent Davis Stirling Act

Who is in charge of the association?

The homeowners are in charge of the association.   The board answers to the homeowners.  DRE Publication 39

Committee Meeting

Analysis CARA CA Alliance of Retired Americans comments, "In its study of the state's 36,000 common interest developments, the California Research Bureau reported that associations either do not disclose to homeowners how their money is being spent or else they report it inaccurately.

The report also states that between 14-20 percent of all lawsuits filed by shareholders against associations are for financial mismanagement. AB 1098 (2005)  corrects this lack of disclosure by association boards and lack of knowledge by homeowners. It assures that association shareholders (i.e., homeowners) have access to the association financial records to find out how boards are spending the billions under their control. It makes good fiscal sense that homeowners, who have the biggest financial stake, should be watching the books.  Committee Hearing AB 1098 April 2005 *     AB 314  1985  

Brown Act - Father of Davis Stirling

“The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.” Gov’t Code § 54950. *  First Amendment Coalition *

5 comments on “Video’s Online Condo HOA Board Training

  1. I started watching, the video’s on this page and also was able to find few of my own videos on youtube.

    However, those that you have seemed to be a be a bit old (judging from how people are dressed), and those that I found –about responsibilities of board members, those are presenters talk about Arizona.

    All videos are very informative, but for some reason when I do my search, I am not able to find any videos that talk about CA laws. Are you in CA?

    The speakers that I found talk about free classes that their states offer.

    This is great, and hopefully we have them in CA too. There is so much responsibility to be on the board, and I want to make sure my daughter does the right steps and will not put herself in danger by being sued for something that the board did not do, or did wrong.

    So if you can direct to the CA videos or classes offered, that would be great!

    • Yes, I’m in CA.

      I created this website as I didn’t find that the CA Department of Real Estate had any budget to create the training programs they are supposed to under California Civil Code §5400

      If you were able to find any video’s on youtube that you think might benefit other webvistors, please put share those links below in comments.

      Even if the video’s are old… the principles remain the same. If you want the exact law, visit the CA State Legislatures Website Section 4000 to 6150

      We’ve just added a brochure from the department of real estate in the webpage above, titled Living in a CA Common Interest Development

      You might try subscribing to the newsletter at Davis NOT AN OFFICIAL WEBSITE!!!

      Watch Davis Stirlings page for Seminar’s & Workshops

      Search Condo Property Managers websites for seminars.

      Be careful, many property managers think they are the judge, jury, lead attorney and know everything…. they often know NOTHING!!! Many think that Davis Stirling is an OFFICIAL Website. It is NOT!!! IMHO many property managers are unlawfully practising law! The boards often blindly follow those “bozo’s

      Here’s what I learned in one year of law school.

      Read the law or Insurance Policy three times, then when you think you understand it, read it again.


      See also, Basic Training for Board Members by Berding-Weil IMHO printed reference guides are much better than video’s. For one, it would allow your daughter to show the relevant page to the other board members, rather than give hearsay evidence about some video, lecture or class she went to.

    • On a personal note, where you didn’t ask for advice…

      You’re daughter is a grown adult with a job and her own income. Let her do her own research and ask her own questions. Even if you own the condo and your daughter is not fully on her own, let her be. Are you going to go to the Board Meetings with her?

      Here’s more on Co-Dependency… Mental Health is an essential mandtory benefit under ACA/Obamcare.

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