CC&R Amendment / Replacement

Homeowners associations and individual condominium owners sometimes need to amend their covenants, conditions and restrictions (“CC&Rs”), bylaws, rules, map, or other governing documents to recognize construction of garages, decks or room additions, or to reflect changes adopted by the owners. In addition, periodically replacing older condominium documents so they adhere to current law and “best practices” can make it easier to sell and refinance, and minimize the likelihood of owner disputes and operational problems. To learn more about the condo document amendment and replacement legal services offered by SirkinLaw APC, visit Our Services.

Condominium Documents For Small (2-4 Unit) Properties

Learn how CC&Rs and Bylaws for smaller condo HOAs are different, and why small homeowner associations should periodically update their documents.

CC&Rs and Bylaws for Mixed-Use Condominiums

This Articles explains the special risks and potential disputes that should be addressed in condominium documents for mixed-use (commercial and residential) condominium owners associations.

CC&Rs and Bylaws Flat-Fee Rewrite Program

The documents governing homeowners associations, called the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), bylaws and rules, need regular updating or revision to accommodate changing circumstances, comply with the latest law, and remove obsolete provisions. Associations also replace their governing documents because the old documents are hard to understand and/or use, or do not effectively deal with the real problems of the association. We have developed “plain English” CC&Rs which we believe to be clear and easy to follow. We offer a fixed-fee program for updating, improving and replacing old or bad CC&Rs. If you are interested in this program, please use this link for more information.

Homeowners Associations (HOA) FAQs

More and more California homes are part of a homeowners association, condominium association, or community association. This article answers many of the questions commonly asked by HOA members (the owners of condominiums and other homes governed by owners associations), HOA managers, HOA directors, and HOA officers.

The Condominium Bluebook

Branden Bickel and I collaborated on a reference book containing a wealth of information about condominiums and planned developments in California. It contains detailed answers to the questions most commonly asked by property owners, Realtors(c), homeowners association officials, and property managers, along with useful forms, checklists, and step-by-step instructions for most homeowners association functions. It also collects virtually all of the laws relating to the day-to-day operation of a condominium project and planned development, including statutes from the Civil Code, Corporations Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, Vehicle Code, Labor Code, Health & Safety Code, United States Internal Revenue Code and California Revenue & Tax Code.

Each chapter of the Condominium Bluebook is divided into sections with descriptive headings. A detailed Table of Contents at the beginning of the book collects all of the headings, and includes every question in the “Questions and Answers” chapter, the descriptive title of each statute, and the topic of each checklist and form. The index at the back of the book provides a comprehensive alphabetical listing of key words and phrases. While I am no longer involved in the annual updating of the book, I continue to recommend it.

2014 Davis Stirling Act

CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTIONS 4000-6150, the new version of California law that describes the requirements for homeowners association activities and the rights of owners in condominium and planned developments (PUDs).

Forming and Operating a Small Condominium Homeowners Association–General Version

Step-by-step instructions for starting and running a small (2-20 unit) homeowners association, including forming an HOA, owner meetings, budgeting, establishment and collection of HOA dues, record keeping, taxes and governmental filings, and enforcement of homeowner obligations. This article contains information for both incorporated and unincorporated associations, and is directed at homeowners in all U.S. states.

Starting and Operating 2-4 Unit Condominium Homeowners Associations In California

This article provides step-by-step instructions for starting and operating a condominium homeowners association for a 2-4 unit property in California.

Starting and Operating An Incorporated Homeowners Association In California

This article provides step-by-step instructions for starting and running an incorporated California homeowners association.