From.ECHO: Ban on Email, New Events, and ECHO on Twitter!

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January 2012 | Issue 33
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New in 2012: No More Email

Restrictions on board action outside of a meeting, bans on email, and new disclosure requirements are only a few consequences of new laws in 2012. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the changes. Watch your ECHO Journal and attend ECHO Seminars for expert direction on dealing with these new laws, prepare for developing legislation, and much more. Most boards should pay particular attention to the passage of SB 563, a bill that effectively bans email and actions outside of a meeting:

From the ECHO Journal – It is very common for board members to communicate with each other and with management via e-mail, and this is often the preferred method of communication on HOA issues. For some time there were no explicit statutory prohibitions or restrictions on the use of e-mails by board members to discuss or even take action on HOA business, but there will be on January 1, 2012 when Senate Bill 563 goes into effect. One of SB 563’s major impacts will be to ban board “action” via e-mail…

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Upcoming Events

ECHO Seminars are back! We're already taking registrations for three upcoming events. Don't miss a chance to learn from some of the most knowledgable experts in the HOA industry. Our seminars always address the latest laws, important industry trends, and answer your important questions. ECHO Seminars are designed for you: association board members and homeowners. Sign up early and online, and save up to $15! Visit each Seminar's event page for complete agenda and registration details.

2/4 – Marin Seminar
Email, rental restrictions, fiduciary duty, a Q&A session, and more.

2/25 – Central Coast Winter Seminar
Legislative update and much more. Full agenda coming soon.

3/24 – Wine Country Winter Seminar
Legislative update, D&O Insurance, disaster preparadness, and more.

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You can now follow ECHO on both Facebook and Twitter. We frequently post links to articles, legislative developments, event announcements, and other important information as it happens. You don't have to wait for your ECHO Journal to get critical updates for your homeowner association. Follow the links below, “like” our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

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We encourage you to join the online community of ECHO board members, leave comments, ask questions, and get to know your fellow directors and homeowners.

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Inside this Issue
New In 2012: No More Email
Upcoming Events
Follow ECHO Online
Your Comments Welcomed
ECHO Events

February 4
Marin Seminar

February 25
Central Coast Seminar

March 24
Wine Country Seminar

New at
2012 ECHO Seminar Schedule
Legislature Targets Email
2011 Year End Legislative Update
Earthquake Insurance: To Buy or Not To Buy?
ECHO Journal

Inside the January 2012 Issue:

How Communities Can Save Energy
Associations looking to save money are finding savings by reducing energy consumption.
SB 563 and You
Amendments to the Open Meeting Act affect board activities.
Corporate Status Suspended?
What is Corporate Status, what happens when it is suspended, and how to get it back.
Transfer Fees and Disclosures
A new law requires associations to distribute a new form during the sale of a unit.
HOA Governance
Why struggling associations may want to consider professional management.
California Laws and Codes

Look up current common interest development laws

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Executive Council of Homeowners
1602 The Alameda, Suite 101
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 297-3246
Fax: (408) 297-3517

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