VIDEO’s to help Members and the Board get the best bang for their buck
Learning Materials for
New Owners in a Condominium Association
- Guide for New Owners in a Condominium Association
- Understanding Insurance Needs
- Hon. Lawrence Stirling - Interview of History of Davis-Stirling
Our webpage on Insurance you should consider if you are living in a condominium or homeowner association
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“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
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.
CA Department of Real Estate
Operating Cost Manual for HOA Homeowner Assoc.
Our other webpages on doing financial reviews
Board Member Introductory Material
- Guide for Serving on a Condo or HOA Board
- A basic guide to board, annual and general meetings. How to run an effective meeting and keep it short.
- How to Set New Board Members Up for Success
- How to Keep HOA Meetings Fair & Friendly
- HOA Organizers - Videos from ABC's of HOA's (to be posted shortly)
- Check our our collection of video's
- Kline Insurance Agency Video's
Articles & Websites
- Robert DeNichilo, Esq on Now I'm on the Board - What did I get myself into?
- ECHO - Beginners Guide to HOA Board of Directors Duties & Responsibilities
Father of Davis Sterling
- LA City Attorney
Part 1 VIDEO
- Part 2 VIDEO
- Part 3 VIDEO
- Brown Act Essentials VIDEO is an invaluable resource for anyone who wishes to better understand their rights when accessing meetings and agendas of state and municipal agencies in California.
1st Amendment Coalition.org
Brown Act Primer
- Video Guide to Capital reserves are set aside for the maintenance and repair of capital items in condominium and homeowner associations. This may be roads, siding, roofs, swimming pool, or any other item the association is responsible for. This video provides basic information on how you should go about determining what goes into reserve planning and funding.
- This video explains what condominium and homeowner association reserves are and how the association determines the proper amounts to set aside
- Adams Stirling - Borrowing from HOA Reserve Funds
Our webpages on
Who is in charge of the association?
The homeowners are in charge of the association. The board answers to the homeowners. DRE Publication 39
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 *