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DONIE ♥ BOOK Archive by ALTACITIES ® ©2018 ▶ Notable LATimes columnist on matters related to common interest developments (aka ...

In memory of L.A. Times columnist Donie Vanitzian, fierce advocate of homeowners

Vanitzian’s untimely death likely the result of domestic violence<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p><i>Updated Jan. 7, 2018 12:41 p.m.</i><p>It …

Longtime L.A. Times contributor Donie Vanitzian remembered as champion of homeowner rights

For more than 16 years in her Sunday Los Angeles Times column, Donie Vanitzian helped frazzled homeowners navigate the minefield that can be living within a homeowners association.<p>The columns often focused on alleged wrongdoing by board members, management companies and other people in positions of …

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When it comes to noisy neighbors, it's the board's responsibility to enforce association rules

<b>Question:</b> I've owned and lived in my very small Los Angeles condo complex for 16 years and am president of the association. Many of my neighbors are established professionals, including a couple of financial advisors across the hall. They have lived in the building for more than 40 years and have …

Board meetings are the chance for owners to express grievances and directors should hear them out

<b>QUESTION:</b> Our homeowners association board constantly discusses issues at meetings that are not on the agenda or not included in the notice of meeting distributed to owners.<p>But if an owner who attends the meeting tries to speak about issues that are not on the agenda, the board just shuts them down …

Managers can't make up HOA election procedures on the fly

<b>Question:</b> Our bylaws require an election committee created by the board to supervise elections and create rules to ensure they are fair. That includes the nominating process and voting procedures since our bylaws and covenants, conditions and restrictions are silent on the specifics. However, it …

Managers can prepare HOA budgets but the buck stops with the board

<b>QUESTION:</b> My neighbor, who's a board member, recently handed me a copy of a solicitation letter from an HOA trade group given to him at a management conference.<p>The letter encourages managers responsible for drafting association operating budgets to include donations to the group as an "incidental" …

An HOA needs an attorney retainer agreement, but a good one requires negotiation

<b>Question:</b> Every year, the board automatically renews the association attorney's retainer agreement and deposit. Without reading it the directors sign and send him a check for $60,000.<p>This year, I spoke up and told my fellow board members that we should not make the deposit and not sign the …

Renting out a room in your condo could land you in hot water with your board

<b>QUESTION:</b> I live in a three-bedroom, three-bath home with a homeowner association. I leased a single room to a friend and asked the HOA to provide a parking permit so he could park in the community. It declined to issue the permit, saying the rental constituted "commercial use" of my real property, …

It’s far better for an HOA to have its own attorney than one with a conflict

<b>QUESTION:</b> I am a board director and was shocked to discover that the association's attorney and his firm represented our management company in a recent lawsuit. When I asked about this I was told that the management company also has a current retainer with this same attorney and his firm.<p>The board …

HOA parking restrictions should be rooted in reality, not for sake of appearances

<b>QUESTION:</b> My parents purchased a five-bedroom home with a small two-car garage in an "exclusive" homeowner association, and I am beginning to think they made a huge mistake.<p>Over the years, they have become disabled and require full-time assistance. But that's a problem for the caregivers since my …

When a landscaping project goes awry, sometimes it's better to dig it up from the roots

<b>QUESTION:</b> Over the years, the exterior of our HOA development, from the perimeter wall to the public curb, has deteriorated, looking dated and dilapidated. To increase our property values, the board embarked on an ambitious "beautification" project. This consisted of removing large old mature trees …

Don't forgo earthquake insurance for your condo even if your association rolls the dice

<b>QUESTION:</b> After 29 years of renting, I finally saved enough for a down payment on a small condo. I really like a building in the San Fernando Valley with restaurants and other commercial businesses nearby, but it is not retrofitted and the association doesn't have earthquake insurance. The lenders …

Joining a board of directors entails serious legal responsibilities

<b>QUESTION:</b> I am dissatisfied with the performance of our board of directors and am considering running for a spot myself, but I'd like to know what I am getting myself into. I talked to one of the board members about his duties, and he told me that they are clearly laid out in Civil Code section …