2019 ECHO Board Nominations Form

The ECHO Nominating Committee is soliciting names of candidates for positions on the ECHO Board of Directors for the term 2020 to 2022.  You are encouraged to submit as much information […]

The North Bay Fires

As I write, the North Bay Fires are still raging in Sonoma and Napa Counties. I know that some of our member associations have been affected, as well as numerous […]

Political Rallies in the Clubhouse? SB 407 is Now Law

SB 407 permits residents of HOAs to sponsor meetings and invite the public to assemble inside the development to discuss “common interest development living, association elections, legislation, election to public […]

East Bay Panel Update – Director Liability

What did we learn at the East Bay Panel? A recent court case narrows the protection of the “Business Judgment Rule” for board members just a little bit more. 

ECHO Board Member Panel

Would you like to make a difference for your HOA and associations throughout California? You can by working with ECHO! Our new Board Member Panel will influence ECHO’s approach to […]

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

This year, at ECHO’s 45th Annual Seminar, we introduced two new annual awards: the Homeowner Association of the Year and the Board Member of the Year. These awards recognize and […]

Does a New Law Override CC&R Restrictions on “Granny Units?”

Several board members are concerned about changes to the California laws that regulate “Accessory Dwelling Units” (sometimes called “Granny Units”). Some are wondering if this law applies to HOAs.

Boards Have a New Obligation to Stop Discrimination

The Fair Housing Act prohibits the HOA boards from discriminating against protected classes. But changes to the Act now require the board to intervene when third parties discriminate.

2015 ECHO Board Election & Bylaws Update

In October, we mailed a proxy to all 1300 homeowner associations who are members of ECHO – the voting members of our community. The letter was sent to the HOA […]

California Makes Artificial Grass Permanent

This month, Governor Brown signed AB 349, a drought bill aimed at California HOAs that restrict the installation of artificial turf. Significant protections already exist for owners who wish to install […]