Unpacking User Queries: Empowering HOAs through Davis-Stirling.AI

Discover how Davis-Stirling.AI is transforming HOA governance. Our analysis of user queries reveals key areas of interest - from HOA rules and roles to financials. Be part of our journey to revolutionize HOA management with transparency and efficiency.

6 months ago   •   4 min read

By reTHINK HOA
Word Cloud Created from Davis-Stirling.AI Queries

Within the first 48 hours of our Davis-Stirling.AI launch, we've received a flurry of user queries, reflecting the tool's wide-ranging potential to address the intricate aspects of HOA governance. At reTHINK HOA, we're committed to fostering transparency and enhancing our understanding of user needs. In light of this, we have categorized the queries we received, providing a clearer picture of how our tool is being used and what improvements we're actively working on.

HOA Basics and Definitions

From defining HOA terms to understanding the roles within HOA management, users submitted numerous queries. Here are some examples:

  • What is the definition of a quorum?
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The Corporations Code details more information about a quorum and we are looking into adding the Corporations Code into the AI.
  • What is the role of a member at large?
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The Davis-Stirling Act does not define the role of Member at Large. We are currently adding Board of Director information from the Corporations Code.
  • What is the role of property management?
  • What is the role of the HOA attorney?
  • What is a rogue board member?

HOA Meetings and Operations

Users asked a range of questions about the conduct of HOA meetings and operations:

  • How much advance notice do we need to give for a board meeting?
  • How do I conduct a legally compliant election?
  • How many times can a board member miss a meeting before removal from the board?

HOA Rules and Regulations

Users sought clarity on HOA rules and the extent of their enforcement:

  • Is there a statutory limit to how much you can increase your fees every year?
  • Can the HOA have separate rules for children?
  • Can an HOA enforce rules that are not in the CC&Rs?
  • How is "reasonable" defined in HOA operating rules in California?
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"Reasonable" is not defined in the Davis-Stirling Act, but may be defined in case law and legal text. We are currently determining whether to incorporate HOA case law.

HOA Financials and Reserves

Financial management and reserves were crucial subjects, with queries including:

  • When do we need to do a reserve study?
  • Is there a limit to reserve contributions?
  • Can we borrow from reserves?
  • Can we raise the regular assessments mid-year?

Concerns about Property Management

Another distinct category of queries was related to issues with property managers or management companies. Users expressed various concerns:

  • What can I do if my property management isn't performing their duties adequately?
  • How can I address miscommunication issues with my property management company?
  • Is there a recourse if my property management company is not transparent about financial transactions?
  • Can we change our property management company, and what would be the process?
  • Can a property manager close our HOA's bank accounts without board authorization?
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The Davis-Stirling Act does not go in to the roles and responsibilities of the HOA's management company. HOA should review the contract, governing documents, and terms of agreement with their management company or consult legal counsel for these types of questions.

These questions underline the importance of effective, transparent, and ethical property management. We understand that efficient property management is key to a harmonious HOA community and are committed to helping you navigate these challenges.

HOA Legalities and Compliance

Legal requirements of HOA management and homeowner rights were key areas of user interest:

  • Do board minutes have to reflect a vote for a changed rule?
  • Can a ballot to elect a director contain the designation incumbent?
  • Can I be fined without a hearing?

Understanding the Davis-Stirling Act

Users showed a keen interest in understanding more about the Davis-Stirling Act:

  • What is the Davis-Stirling Act?
  • What is the role of this act in HOA governance?
  • Can you explain the implications of Section 4205 of the Davis-Stirling Act?

Sections of the Davis-Stirling Act

As users delved deeper into HOA governance, they showed interest in specific sections of the Davis-Stirling Act:

We have already made an update to the AI to query specific sections of the Davis-Stirling Act.

Getting to Know reTHINK HOA

Many users wanted to learn more about our company, reTHINK HOA, and our endeavors:

  • What is the vision of reTHINK HOA?
  • How is reTHINK HOA planning to revolutionize HOA management?
  • What future updates can we expect from reTHINK HOA?

At reTHINK HOA, we believe that the future of HOA management should be efficient, transparent, and accessible. As we continue to innovate and refine, we aim to provide a platform that simplifies your HOA management experience. We're committed to making this vision a reality, and your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of our tool.

What's Next?

Your continued participation and feedback are vital for us to revolutionize HOA management effectively. That's why we're proud to reveal that we're developing a robust HOA management software that aims to simplify compliance, promote transparency, and adapt to changing legal landscapes.

With your input, we aim to create a future where every HOA is a beacon of community, fairness, and harmony. We encourage you to stay engaged with our platform, share your thoughts, and shape the future of HOA management.

If you're interested in self-managing your HOA, read this inspiring story of how one HOA embraced self-management and saved $6000 annually. Are you ready to embark on the journey to efficient self-management with reTHINK HOA? We're here to support and guide you every step of the way.


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A Tip for Querying Davis-Stirling.AI
Try not to use abbreviated terms. The AI will not return an adequate answer for any abbreviations that the Act does not include. For example, a common term in dispute resolution is "IDR" or Internal Dispute Resolution. The Act does not abbreviate, so when asking the AI, "What is IDR?" it responds with "Informal Dispute Resolution."

We will be adding common abbreviated terminology in the next update.

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