Primers on common interest developments

October 31st, 2016

Easy introductions explaining how common interest developments (also called community associations) work in California.

Agenda? What’s that?

October 30th, 2016

Laws require governing bodies to publish agendas but may fail to define that term. One lawyer decided to get the definition from “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure”.

Berkeley co-op lawsuit to end; what next?

October 20th, 2016

The Alameda County Superior Court has approved a settlement that brings to an end a 4-year-old lawsuit over governance practices at a Berkeley senior housing cooperative.

Lawyer to housing co-ops: You’re in a legal mess

October 16th, 2016

California attorney Adrian Adams has published a comment calling into question whether housing cooperatives can properly exist under California law. Does his analysis hold up?

Berkeley co-op: peace at last, or more litigation?

October 5th, 2016

Is Berkeley Town House nearing the end of 4½ years of litigation? Perhaps. In any case, a court hearing on 4 October offered an opportunity to vent frustrations, and there was venting galore.

Big law firm recommends breaking the law

July 24th, 2016

Law firm Adams Stirling has published another piece of free legal advice that could get housing communities in trouble and harm their peers, advocating illegal secret meetings.

BTH Litigation Settlement

July 12th, 2016

An agreement to settle two lawsuits was reached between Berkeley Town House Cooperative Corporation and me on 16 June 2016. The settlement agreement, the notice of it sent to BTHCC members, and my letter about it to BTHCC members are made available in this entry.

Court postpones trial in Berkeley co-op lawsuit after settlement reported

June 17th, 2016

A settlement of two lawsuits involving a Berkeley senior housing cooperative was announced in court today, as the trial of one case was about to begin. The judge postponed the trial and made arrangements to have the settlement agreement submitted to the co-op members for comments and to the court for its approval.