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The CAI Bay Area & Central CA Chapter was thrilled to attend this year's Community Associations Institute (CAI's) Annual Conference “Community Now” in Florida on May 15-17, 2019.
With more than 700 attendees, the conference was a great way to reconnect with colleagues and friends while participants earn continuing education (CE) credits toward CAI certifications. Fun fact: one conference has enough CE credits to renew a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) certification!
The CAI BayCen Chapter was honored to witness multiple chapter members receive their PCAM credential. A big heartfelt congratulations to: Doreen Tejeda of Associa Northern California, Laura Ravazza of Homeowners Management Company, Sonia Lopez of Associa Northern California and John Caffall, Associal Northern California.
Congratulations to our fellow California chapter members on receiving several awards. We hope you heard us cheering you on!
We encourage anyone who has not...
Thank you to our sponsors and CAI BayCen members who joined us in a spectacular game of golf as we hosted our XXIV Annual Golf Classic "18 Hole Carnival" on Friday, June 14, 2019 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. It was a beautiful day for golf and we hope everyone had a wonderful time. Here are some of our favorite photos. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
By Jordan O’Brien
CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE Sections 895, et seq. are commonly referred to collectively as "SB800," after the California Senate Bill number, or by builders as the "Right to Repair Act." As acknowledged in its published legislative history, SB800 was the product of extensive negotiations and lobbying between consumer protection and builders’ interest groups, among others.
To most people familiar with the SB800 process, this is readily apparent. SB800 is less of a holistic overhaul of the construction defect claims process than a hodgepodge that is often not an interlocking, comprehensive or even intelligible whole. SB800 abrogated a prior legal requirement in California that a plaintiff or claimant show damage and/or destruction of a building, improvement, component, unit, etc. in order to recover for defective construction of that...
By Ritchie Lipson, Esq. Senior Counsel Kasdan LippSmith Weber Turner LLP
THE MARYLAND COURT of Special Appeals recently issued an opinion in Greenstein v. Council of Unit Owners of Avalon Court Six Condominium, Inc. finding that an association can be sued by its unit owner members if it fails to take timely legal action against a developer for defects.
In the case of first impression concerning duties of board members when confronted with construction issues within the common elements of a condominium, the court held that the board has a duty to initiate litigation against the developer for construction defects, and its failure to do so within the statute of limitations can result in liability to the individual owners.
The Maryland court held: "The duty to maintain, repair and replace the common elements creates a concomitant obligation...
By Michael T. Kennedy, Jr., Berding & Weil, LLP and Lisa Esposito, ACT Construction
INEVITABLY, EVERY MANAGER and every condominium community will face some large scale repair/reconstruction project of common areas. Whether the association is repairing construction defects or reconstructing deteriorated building components in an aging community, the board, with the manger’s guidance, can make decisions and select partners that can either make the process much easier or much harder. Each project has its own unique challenges, but many of the best practices and pitfalls are similar, whether the manager and board are facing repairs after resolving a construction defect claim on a newer building; long planned repairs which have been planned for (saved for) in reserves; or newly discovered dry rot or other issues caused by deferred maintenance, lack of previous inspections or simply previous boards that procrastinated necessary repairs.
By Leanne Anderson-DeMattei, CCAM, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
THE WEATHER CLEARED up enough to fly for a few hours and all pilots desperate for air time fired up their engines and tried to get off the planet. I was practicing short field and soft field landings, no flap landings, slip landings, short approach landings and power off landings at Livermore Airport. The airways were crazy busy that day. (Livermore is the training airport for Oakland and San Francisco air traffic controllers, and there was a new controller on the radio that day for the longer runway.) I was on short approach for my third landing when he gave the go-ahead for a Cessna on the ground for an immediate departure on the same runway. I keyed the radio to advise the air traffic controller that I was on short approach and I confirmed that I was still cleared to land. The air traffic controller calmly asked the Cessna to hold short and then he confirmed my landing status, "cleared to land number one." A little later,...