(see her bio below), the preeminent consumer protection advocate, has written a fabulous book, published by Thompson-West
. A must read for any owner, or prospective owner, of a condominium or a property which is governed by a homeowners association. Click here to order it directly from Thompson-West!
This guide is an annual pamphlet that discusses all aspects of subdivision and condominium law from a homeowner’s perspective, as well as from a homeowner’s association and developer’s perspective. It provides advice on what to avoid and what to look for when purchasing a common interest development, as well as guidance on mediation, arbitration, discovery, litigation and settlement of claims arising out of common interest developments. A one-of-a-kind book, it will be useful to any homeowner or attorney representing a homeowner of a common interest development, or an attorney representing a homeowner’s association or developer.
This is not a regular topic in my blog but I just read, and want to share with you, the abject horrors of condo living. Buyer Beware! Condogate: Dying to Get Out by Donie Vanitzian is an invaluable insight into what one might expect emotionally, financially and legally when trouble starts brewing in the Homeowners Association. The arrogance of the board of directors is highlighted. For even more information, log onto American Homeowners Resource Center. Donie Vanitzian writes the Los Angeles Times Homeowner Associations column and is a UCLA Extension Professor for the course, Protecting Yourself in Common Interest Living. Her writing style is concise, engaging and filled with invaluable information.
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Lowell Steiger, Attorney at Law (323) 852-1100