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I live in an HOA community. My backyard (private property)

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I live in an HOA community. My backyard (private property) has damage from tree roots from a tree in the common area behind my home. The HOA came to my home, had the landscaping company dig to expose the roots to show proof of root damage. Now that I want the HOA to help fix the damage in my yard they are ignoring me and my written communications. This has been ongoing since July 2017.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?

Yes, most communications have been in writing. I've requested a copy of the written report from the landscaping company. I've requested an updated regarding HOA decisions. I've asked if there is anything they need from me in order to make a decision. I am being ignored.

Lawyer's Assistant: Where is the home located?

Escondido California. Escondido View HOA managed by California Community Management.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Not at this time

Submitted: 21 days ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Attyadvisor, Attorney replied 21 days ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Attyadvisor, Attorney replied 21 days ago

The HOA is responsible for the common areas. Have you written them a letter certified mail return receipt requested?

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Real Estate Lawyer: Attyadvisor, Attorney replied 21 days ago

All common interest residential communities are governed by the Davis Stirling Act in California.

"Both by statute (Civ. Code §4775) and per the governing documents of a common interest development, associations must repair and replace the common areas. Operating through their boards of directors, associations have the following duties:

Duty to Inspect Common Areas. Associations must visually inspect the common areas every three years and prepare a reserve study listing all major components, the remaining useful life of those components and the cost to repair or replace them. (Civ. Code §5550.) When it comes to reserve studies, this does not mean that board members must personally inspect the common areas, they can have an agent inspect on their behalf.

Duty to Investigate Complaints. Whenever boards learn of common area problems, such as cracked sidewalks, roof leaks, plumbing backups, etc., they must investigate the problems. (Corp. Code §7231(a).) They don't need to personally inspect them, they can rely on managing agents, plumbers, etc. to investigate and report back to the board. If an owner reports a flood inside his/her unit, the board must determine if the leak is originating from (i) the owner's own plumbing, which is the owner's responsibility to repair, or (ii) the common area, which is the association's responsibility to repair. (Civ. Code §4775.) Exclusive use common areas will depend on the association's governing documents.

Duty to Repair. Regardless of fault, damaged common areas must be repaired. If the leak is an owner's responsibility and he/she refuses to repair the leak (such as a shower pan leak), the board has three options: (i) initiate daily fines until the owner repairs the leak, (ii) repair the leak (if the board can get access) and then bill the owner for reimbursement, or (iii) go into court for an order that the owner either repair the leak or step aside and allow the association to repair it. The severity of the leak will determine the steps taken. When and how the damage is repaired may depend on whether the matter is turned over to insurance..." https://www.davis-stirling.com/HOME/Common-Area-Maintenance

I would remind them of their duties in a certified letter return receipt requested. Provide them with a deadline to respond and if they do not let them know you will be taking legal action against them.

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