Skip to Content (Press Enter)

Skip to Nav (Press Enter)

Homeowners' Associations

Subscribe to California Appellate Tracker

Thank you for your desire to subscribe to Severson & Werson’s Appellate Tracker Weblog. In order to subscribe, you must provide a valid name and e-mail address. This too will be retained on our server. When you push the “subscribe button”, we will send an electronic mail to the address that you provided asking you to confirm your subscription to our Weblog. By pushing the “subscribe button”, you represent and warrant that you are over the age of 18 years old, are the owner/authorized user of that e-mail address, and are entitled to receive e-mails at that address. Our weblog will retain your name and e-mail address on its server, or the server of its web host. However, we won’t share any of this information with anyone except the Firm’s employees and contractors, except under certain extraordinary circumstances described on our Privacy Policy and (About The Consumer Finance Blog/About the Appellate Tracker Weblog) Page. NOTICE AND AGREEMENT REGARDING E-MAILS AND CALLS/TEXT MESSAGES TO LAND-LINE AND WIRELESS TELEPHONES: By providing your contact information and confirming your subscription in response to the initial e-mail that we send you, you agree to receive e-mail messages from Severson & Werson from time-to-time and understand and agree that such messages are or may be sent by means of automated dialing technology. If you have your email forwarded to other electronic media, including text messages and cellular telephone by way of VoIP, internet, social media, or otherwise, you agree to receive my messages in that way. This may result in charges to you. Your agreement and consent also extend to any other agents, affiliates, or entities to whom our communications are forwarded. You agree that you will notify Severson & Werson in writing if you revoke this agreement and that your revocation will not be effective until you notify Severson & Werson in writing. You understand and agree that you will afford Severson & Werson a reasonable time to unsubscribe you from the website, that the ability to do so depends on Severson & Werson’s press of business and access to the weblog, and that you may still receive one or more emails or communications from weblog until we are able to unsubscribe you.

As in Branches Neighborhood Corp. v. CalAtlantic Group, Inc. (2018) 26 Cal.App.5th 743, the CC&Rs for a condominium tower required a majority vote of member owners in favor before the association could bring suit against the developer (which of course wrote the CC&Rs).  This decision holds that Civ. Code 5386, which renders such provisions null and void and which expressly… Read More

This decision affirms a judgment against the plaintiff holder of the first deed of trust on a Nevada dwelling that was foreclosed upon by the homeowners association for nonpayment of association dues.  The decision holds that the CC&R clause that expressly subordinated the association's lien for unpaid dues to the first deed of trust did not render the foreclosure sale… Read More

A provision in a homeowners' association's covenants, conditions, and restrictions that banned "any business or commercial activity" did not prevent a homeowner from maintaining a vineyard on his property, since the CC&R in question should be interpreted to promote its evident purpose of maintaining the residential character of the neighborhood, not so as to impose any added restrictions not needed… Read More

A homeowner association’s recorded CC&Rs, which contained a provision granting the association a first-priority lien on an adjoining golf course if for maintenance fees the association paid after the course's owner failed to do so, gave association’s lien priority over a mortgage that was recorded after the CC&Rs but before the fees were paid. Read More

Homeowners association could not invoke the Davis-Stirling Act to pursue claims in its own name without joining its individual owners since that Act only applies if the homeowners have mutual or reciprocal easements appurtenant to their separate interests (which was not true in this case). Read More

Nevada statute giving super-priority lien to homeowners’ associations for non-payment of dues is pre-empted by federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act, so HOA liens cannot trump Freddie Mac’s secured interest.   Read More