The Regenesis Report (National Edition) January 2011 is now available for viewing at http://www.regenesis.net/
IN THIS EDITION
The Rogues Gallery. Does your board have some?
Ask the HOA Expert™. Another set of provocative Q&As.
The Resale Package. What is it and why it costs so much?
Winterizing Vacancies. Snow birds take notice.
Bark Free Zone. Move over rover.
Paint a Montana Sky. Let your paint palate soar!
Good Looking Hood. Keep the cribs stylin’.
Interview with God. If you ask, he’ll answer.
Paraprosdokians. War doesn’t determine who is right, only who is left.
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From Porter Law Group comes this infromation for property owners and contractors on the new lien laws effective Jan 1 2011 in California-New Rules-they are important to play by or as a contractor you can lose your rights to collect if you don’t follow them carefully.
Mechanic’s Lien Laws, Forms and Procedures
to Change at the End of this Year
Under the new law, after December 31, 2010, California Civil Code sections 3084 and 3146 are amended to require service of a mechanic’s lien on the owner of the property at the time the mechanic’s lien is recorded. If for some reason the owner cannot be served with the mechanic’s lien then the original contractor or the lender can instead be served. This new process provides owners with notice that a mechanic’s lien has been recorded on their property and it gives them an opportunity to quickly address the situation. The form of the mechanic’s lien document itself is also changed to include a “Notice of Mechanic’s Lien” which provides a brief explanation of the nature of a mechanic’s lien and options the property owner might pursue to address the situation.
READ ALL OF THIS BULLETIN AT PORTER LAW’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE
Liability in the Bargain?
The Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor
by Timothy J. Smith, Esq.
Homeowners and homeowners’ associations often face expenses to maintain or repair their property. It makes sense to look for the most affordable contractor available to do the work. Many times, through friends or relatives, a homeowner will come across an unlicensed contractor during their search for a person to do the work. The unlicensed contractor will provide a bid that is much lower than bids from licensed contractors and promises to do the same work. It sounds so appealing to save money but still get great workmanship that many people fall into the trap and hire the unlicensed contractor. However, the cheapest contractor available might be the one that will cost the most in the long run.
It is not surprising that an unlicensed contractor would be less expensive than a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors have advantages that enable them to provide the lowest prices. They do not have to pay licensing fees, they do not have to obtain a bond to protect their work, and more often than not they do not purchase liability or workers compensation insurance. Without these added expenses the unlicensed contractor can provide their services at a rate lower than the legitimately licensed professional.
It is true that having a contractor’s license is not a guarantee that the work will be done well, or even properly. Since there is no guarantee that a licensed contractor will do a better job why should a homeowner or association care if the contractor has a license? The answer is simple–to protect the homeowner or association from a myriad of problems that could arise.
Saw this on an email newsletter i get, passing it on…
Build A Better Home publications provide simple construction details for moisture-resistant homes
APA’s Build A Better Home program is designed to provide builders and homeowners the construction guidelines they need to protect their homes against damaging moisture infiltration by encouraging better building practices for the key elements of a residential structure: roofs, walls and foundation.
Three brochures in the Build A Better Home (BBH) series – BBH: Foundations; BBH: Walls; and BBH: Mold and Mildew have been updated and are now available for purchase as printed brochures, or as free downloadable PDFs.
Visit the Build A Better Home website at www.buildabetterhome.org for additional information on construction details, tips for builders and designers, notes to homeowners on controlling mold, and links to video segments demonstrating proper moisture control techniques in construction applications.
Florida Community Association Journal has a great article from last months issue available for free reading on the web. The article discusses railing safety on high rise buildings-pertinent info for any high rise building whether in Florida, Boston, LA, San Jose or wherever your high rise may be…
Joe Sanders, a CMCA credentialed HOA manager wrote this article on high rise balcony safety.
When Tragedy Happens
by Joseph Sanders, CMCA
On occasion, there comes a time when managers responsible for
operating a mid-rise or high-rise building have to deal with tragedy.
This type of tragedy is truly every high-rise manager’s worst
nightmare. That bad dream is someone falling from the building. This
may not happen to a high-rise manager in his or her entire career; yet it
may happen more than once. The chances or odds, if you will, of it occurring
are commensurate with the nature of what a high-rise building is.
Read All of Joe’s Article By Clicking Here