The 37th (!) annual seminar of the Executive Council of Home Owners, held last weekend, was very successful. Several hundred attended and the presentations - including assessment collection and bankruptcy, changes in solar and shade law and useful alternative dispute resolution techniques-reflect the diverse work done by those who work for and with community association.
Firm Partner Tyler Berding's presentation, with David Levy, CPA, addressed the ever more important theme of healthy funding and proper budget and reserve disclosures. Partners Steve Weil and Sandy Bonato, along with colleague Jeff Barnett, fielded more than 90 minutes of questions in the
"Ask the Attorneys" program.
In anticipation of the seminar, we distributed to our clients and friends our "Condo Quiz" and many returned their answers to our booth. For those who weren't able to attend, the questions and our answers and comments follow:
California Election Law
Our Condo Quiz was a small selection of the issues and questions that are frequently posed to us in our role as counsel to hundreds of homeowner associations. In the last month, issues we advised our clients on include these:
CC&R restatements and spot amendments (parking, rentals)
Assessment bond claims
Responsibility for interior damage
Medical marijuana plants
Security, Landscaping, Paving and Construction contracts
Solar energy policy
Assessment collection lawsuits
Senior housing residency restrictions
T-Mobile tower licenses
No board quorums
Commercial condominium lien issues
Building re-leveling issues
Reimbursement assessment/self help disputes
Street tree issues
Lender foreclosure issues
We know you face these and other issues. If we can help, give us a call.
By Steven S. Weil, Esq.
Tyler Berding was recognized this year as Echo's "Volunteer of the Year".
As many of you know, Tyler has become increasingly interested in and concerned about the number of common interest developments that lack a sound financial strategy for addressing long term replacement needs.
Many of his articles on the topic have been published in ECHO and his presentations, for ECHO and other organizations, have been extraordinarily well received. As one of the leaders in the community association field, Tyler has "stepped up" to sound a note of caution about property values, building safety and the need for sound financial planning in the future.
We at Berding|Weil were very proud that ECHO chose to acknowledge those efforts this year.
THE POLITICS AND PSYCHOLOGY OF AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS
By Steven Weil
"What is a Loft?"
A loft refers more to an architectural style than a form of ownership. Traditionally a loft has been defined as a unit with high ceilings with an upper level that looks down to the lower level. Often lofts are conversion projects from older industrial or warehouse buildings. Typically lofts are condominiums or Co-ops.
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