Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL quoted in CAI National Magazine, Common Ground

Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL quoted in CAI National Magazine, Common Ground

In the most recent issue of Common Ground, Kelly Richardson weighs in on the issues surrounding community associations and the risk of injury from wild animals in common areas. “The key is to respond reasonably to known issues.” He also recommends “contacting an appropriate service provider” to recommend expert solutions to the problems, looking at the association’s rules and having “ample liability insurance.” Community Association Institute publishes a bimonthly magazine titled Common Ground and provides education for community association homeowners, managers and those affiliated with HOAs....

Homeowner Education

Dear Mr. Richardson, We are new to HOA and would like to attend a class on how HOA’s work. Thank you for your column, P.G., Hermosa Beach Dear P.G., There are many sources to learn more about how California common interest developments (the legal term for “HOA”) should operate. The only source of HOA member education nationwide is the Community Associations Institute. Formed over 30 years ago, CAI now has 59 Chapters in the U.S. and a few in other countries. California has eight chapters. In the areas served by this column, those chapters are the Greater Los Angeles Chapter (www.cai-glac.org); the Orange County Regional Chapter (www.caioc.org); Channel Islands Chapter (Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, www.cai-channelislands.org) and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter (Riverside and San Bernardino counties, www.cai-grie.org). The Orange County Chapter periodically provides a homeowner educational course Community Leadership Training Program (“CLTP”) consisting of five sessions, each two and one half hours long. The Channel Islands, Greater Inland Empire and Los Angeles Chapters offer a seven hour class, called “Essentials of Community Leadership, typically offered on Saturdays. All four Chapters periodically offer CAI’s “California Basic Board Education Course”, a three hour survey course of foundational issues pertinent to board service. On the other hand, if you are interested in a deeper exploration of the law regarding HOAs, you may want to take CAI’s California Law Course for Common Interest Development Managers, an 8 hour course accredited by the Department of Real Estate. All California Chapters of CAI offer that course from time to time. Contact your local Chapter to find out when these courses are next being offered. If you...