Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What You See is (Not Necessarily) What You Get!

“Visual and Accessible” is not enough: Let’s amend the Davis-Stirling Act to delete Limitations on Reserve Study Inspections

It’s the responsibility of every California community association to commission a reserve study every three years. These studies are used to calculate the amount that each association will need to save for future building maintenance and repairs. It is critical to the financial health of every association that this funding projection be as accurate as possible. The Davis-Stirling Act governs these studies. California Civil Code Section 1365.5(e) states in part:
“At least once every three years, the board of directors shall cause to be conducted a reasonably competent and diligent visual inspection of the accessible areas of the major components that the association is obligated to repair, replace, restore, or maintain as part of a study of the reserve account requirements of the common interest development...”
Note that this requirement is limited to a “visual” inspection of the “accessible areas of the major components.” But the assessment responsibility of the board of directors is not similarly limited. Civil Code Section 1366(a) says that the board of directors shall assess as necessary to meet the requirements of the governing documents and the Civil Code. But what are those requirements exactly? And how does a board know for sure, if only the visible and accessible areas of the project are investigated?

Click the title link above to read the rest of this article...

No comments:

Post a Comment