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JudyL4
(California)

Posts:3


08/30/2013 2:24 PM  
Our HOA has a termite maintenance policy that includes an annual inspection of each unit and balcony. It's time to schedule appointments and once again, only about 30 per cent of the homeowners are willing to participate. The others just ignore our requests to sign up for a time slot. We did give them a choice of days (we only have one day), but very few even responded to that memo. When the inspectors come, they will knock on everyone's door, but if it's like previous years, they will only get into very few units. By the way, we have had a few termite infestations in recent years.

The termite company just told me that some HOAs charge a $50 fee for owners who don't participate. Have you ever heard of this? Would it be legal in California?

Or, better yet, do you have any suggestions for getting more participation?
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:6788


08/30/2013 4:59 PM  
Easy... Tell them the cost of termite repairs if termites are found and the cost it will increase dues or cause a special assessment to cover... Can't make the date, then arrange something... Otherwise suffer the consquences of termite damages...

Former HOA President
JudyL4
(California)

Posts:3


08/30/2013 5:16 PM  
Thanks Melissa, we did all that. It didn't help.
PeterD3
(Florida)

Posts:708


08/30/2013 5:18 PM  
Be sure you research and have data to support these costs you are to publish to scare people. It can be found easily in this information age. Don't sound like 'chicken little' or be an alarmist.

Typically there are two modes of infestation (entry), subterranian, and dry wood. The former is a result of wood to ground contact. Easily diagnosed from outside the building at gound level. No need for unit entry inless they are found there.

The latter, dry wood, results from swarming and a crack between boards, panels, etc, give them an entry point.
This can occur at any level of the building. Because of this prevention is very difficult.

Regular maintenance to keep the exterior wood of your home in good condition, combined with proactive treatment measures recommended by a trained expert, can help reduce the likelihood and scope of an infestation.

This is easier to accomplish than relying on membership participation for inspections awhich gind them afgter the fact and should be part of any common area maintenance.
JohnC46
(South Carolina)

Posts:7010


08/30/2013 5:35 PM  
A very interesting post by the OP.

How would one deal with the situation?

I am not nor do I play a lawyer.

Seems to me the answer might be a tough love letter about the association paying for termite inspection but that if a unit does not participate then the association will not be responsible for an infestation in their unit.

I think in a multi unit building that several alternative dates could be arranged. After all, you are paying them for an entire inspection when only 30% are participating. I would want alternative dates and/or a reduction in payment.

I also agree that most infestations come from the ground up and the inspection company can easily do that via an outside ground level inspection.







MatthewW4
(Arizona)

Posts:500


08/30/2013 7:13 PM  
Judy,

My recollection is that California law mandates that a condo association is responsible for termite control. An owner who refuses entry for termite inspection and/or treatment jeopardizes the entire structure and interferes with the association's duty to control the termites.

Most condo documents allow the association to make entry into a unit with notice. Inform the non-participants that you will be making entry on a particular date. If they choose not to be there give them the option of leaving a key with your manager. If they do not do that, have a locksmith present to pick the locks and charge the owners for the cost of the locksmith.

This avoids screwing around with scare tactics and appeals to reason, which you have already learned have no effects. You just give them notice you are going in on a particular day. Give them the options to make it easier on themselves and let them know the consequences of obstructing. Do your job and let the non-cooperative owners pay for their stupidity.

Another route would be to seek a court order allowing entry, but the cost in both time and fees would make it the last choice.

LowelK
(New York)

Posts:1


12/10/2015 10:17 PM  
Convince them by telling how termite damage is caused and their affects according to the cost. So, they can understand and willing to participate in termite inspection.If you are authorised member of their maintenance, it would be legal to charge $50. ( Click here )

Termite treatment cost




GenoS
(Florida)

Posts:1631


12/11/2015 12:29 AM  
We had the same problem in my 100 freestanding single-story homes HOA. Only about half of the 100 owners ever arranged for an inspection every year by Big Termite Company which we had a contract with. We got a discount for all 100 homes and the cost was built in to the budget every year.

After 25 years of that arrangement we cut everyone loose this year. Termite protection is now the responsibility of each homeowner. Sounds like that's not an option in a multi-unit building in California, though.
AloveW
(California)

Posts:1


11/09/2017 10:24 PM  
Hello,

You ought to examine your home once every year for termite pervasions. Doing your own termite assessment at home can appear to be threatening yet the accompanying tips can enable you to play out an intensive and fruitful termite examination comfortably.
I do prescribe you get an expert assessment at regular intervals, particularly on the off chance that you have a home that has wood that comes into contact with the ground or if your home has ranges that are hard to review.
JanetB2
(Colorado)

Posts:3642


11/09/2017 11:53 PM  
I agree with John and Geno ... If you are not getting owners to participate then it should be the Owner's future responsibility ... OR ... Potentially if you send out a notice to Amend your CCR's to note that Termite Damage and remediation SHALL be at the expense of each Homeowner for ANY unit which has NOT participated in the prior year scheduled Termite Inspection. Maybe that will get everyone's attention.
JanetB2
(Colorado)

Posts:3642


11/09/2017 11:56 PM  
Grrr ... just notice this is an old thread potentially reopened for spam.
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