Thursday, April 14, 2011


No Reserves. No Insurance.  
What’s Left if a Natural Disaster Destroys a Community Association?

Tyler P. Berding and Steven S. Weil

       We have recently seen horrific earthquake disasters in New Zealand and Japan. There has been widespread loss of life and destruction of infrastructure and buildings. California has a history of devastating earthquakes as well—the San Francisco, San Fernando, Northridge, and Loma Prieta earthquakes, among others. Heavy rains have created landslides, mudslides and shoreline erosion all over California, damaging homes and property, some of it in community associations. Wildfires in the past decade have destroyed hundreds of homes. Rising sea levels are threatening to flood low-lying developments, including many common interest developments. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Meeting--Or, Why is a Homeowner's Association like Wisconsin?

By Steven S. Weil

The Wisconsin Democrats employed a clever technique (denying a quorum) to prevent their legislature from adopting an anti-labor law. The Wisconsin Republicans responded with their own smart bag of tricks; they re framed the law to eliminate the quorum requirement and got it passed without the Democrats participating. Can this sort of politicking be used in the context of homeowner association votes? You bet.