The following guidelines respond to the many questions Richardson|Ober|DeNichilo has received from community associations throughout the State about pool use and potential liability in light of the existing (and sometimes inconsistent) COVID-19 Orders in place.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it is impossible to ignore the additional impact on our communities from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Under normal circumstances, we are impacted by the steady rise in occupancy rates in multi-unit residential communities. e challenges of individuals living in relatively close proximity to one another under rules enforced by lay leaders has its stress points that require each of us to develop a higher level of tolerance and a degree of civility.
After 6 weeks of working to flatten the curve, Californians are eager, yet anxious, to resume some sense of their former routines. Although Governor Newsom gave no firm timeline for an end to the “Stay at Home” Order, he acknowledged that it is a matter of days and not weeks before California starts to reopen.
It’s here. The “Natural Disaster” few saw coming and fewer still think they are prepared to handle. Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health issued a statement that the gathering of 250 people or more should be postponed or cancelled. Smaller gatherings in facilities that do not allow for
“social distancing” of six feet should be cancelled or postponed. Gatherings of people at high risk of illness should be limited to no more than 10 people.
With schools cancelling classes, organizations cancelling events, and today’s announcement from California Governor Gavin Newsom that California’s public health officials have issued a new policy on public gatherings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many boards are wondering if they can hold board meetings electronically. The answer is yes.
HUD Issues New Guidance on How to Evaluate Requests for Reasonable Accommodation Request for Assistance Animals
Over the last several years, community associations have experienced an increase in the number of residents claiming the need of assistance animals. These claims are often supported by documentation readily obtained by answering a few questions online. The ease of qualifying “assistance animals” has led to abuse by those who want to keep a pet, despite association rules and restrictions that might prevent them from doing so. This abuse has also caused confusion for associations without guidance on how to evaluate the claims for reasonable accommodations by residents with a real need for assistance animals.