Pleasanton HOA management leader elected to state board

More than 14 million Californians live in HOAs with 1,200 state laws affecting them, group says

John Cligny of the Association Management Co. in Pleasanton has been re-elected to the board of directors for the California Association of Community Managers, joining 13 other professionals from around the state who were elected to the board.

CACM offers California-specific training and education for community association managers. Its board is responsible for establishing and overseeing programs and policies and for upholding the association's Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Practice.

The group also serves as an advisory body for education and certification programs which focus strictly on California HOA management.

"With more than 14 million Californians living in HOAs and more than 1,200 state laws pertaining to HOAs now in effect, community association management has become extremely complex," said David Zepponi, the organization's president and CEO. "Homeowners associations, led by their boards of directors, are mini-governments responsible for everything from financial reporting and legal obligations to general maintenance and technology upgrades for their communities."

"Our goal at CACM is to provide the latest training and education about managing HOAs in California for our managers and affiliate members so they can deliver the highest standard of service to their homeowners," Zepponi added.

Based in Laguna Hills, Calif., CACM is the only community association management organization in the nation to offer a California-only educational program leading to the designations of Certified Community Association Manager and Master of Community Association Management for industry professionals.

CACM's membership is comprised of nearly 3,000 California-based professionals from the community association management industry. California is home to more than 50,200 associations. For more information on CACM, visit

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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I purchased my first property in Pleasanton in the Vintage Hills neighborhood. I asked for property inspections prior to signing off, receiving the property. The property was an HOA property.

The inspection reports were clean, no issues. After I moved in, I noticed termites on the exterior kitchen walls from the back yard. I knew that the HOA was responsible for exterior walls. I the owner, was responsible for the interior walls, having read the contract, CCR's, etc., prior to purchase.

I contacted the HOA, reported the problem, they were not responsive. After a few months, I engaged a law firm in San Francisco to engage the HOA. Within a few weeks, the HOA contacted me to arrange for correcting the problem. During their tear out, new construction activity, they broke a water line that flooded the interior of my home, ruining the new carpet, etc.

It is a result of that experience, when I was looking for another property in Pleasanton, my current home, I did not consider any property that was an HOA property.

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Posted by Jenn Davies
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

There are fourteen million Californians living in HOAs? No wonder the legal system has become so complex. I wonder if it's that big in other states as well. These government elections are pretty serious if they affect that many people. Web Link

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Posted by Association resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I believe this is a self-selected group of people, similar to an accountancy group of several accountants who form a small business together, then may also join a state or Bay Area association. Except, this is this is a group who specializes in HOAs. I'd be curious if there is a college 'major' in this speciality. I think this is a large group of individuals, not an official, political appointment to an CA state governing body.
Since I live in an association neighborhood, there does need to be some standards and rules. Except, there are no two neighborhoods with exactly same issues, resident issues, physical characteristics, units connections, condo vs townhouses, which are very different and follow different real estate laws. Legally, very different, Townhomes own their land below,and up to sky, because nobody is over or under in townhomes. Condos do not get separate, individual structure insurance like townhomes. Condos are one card in a deck. Title is very different. Realtors and hired associations definitely need to know the very different legalities. Anybody who ever slips and uses the wrong term, you don't want to do business with.

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Posted by Jenn
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

HOA management certainly has a lot of pros and cons. It can be hard to decide whether or not you want to rent with them, and different factors can make all the difference. Personally, I'm looking for a condo that covers all the utilities I don't want to handle myself. Web Link

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Posted by Mr. Just
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Hi All,
Renting a home in the wellington complex, Pleasanton. Is it true that you 'CAN' rent if you have bought a home before 2003/2004 in that complex. CC&R's allows for homeowners to rent if they have bought their home before 2003/2004 ? Does that mean people who bought after 2004 cannot rent ? Isn't it unfair for those who bought a home after 2004 ? Also the homeowners (before 2003) who bought a home, have the priority right to rent first and people who bought later have to be waitlisted to rent ? It can take years before its your turn to this 'JUST'? How do you deal with this...Pour in your thoughts...

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