Monday, September 19, 2016

Check Out the New Blog Pages

The POA Online LOG now has pages (see the top of the page) for the following:

  • Annual Financial Statements
  • Annual Policy Statements
  • Annual Budget Report

Each of these pages contains the legal requirements for each of these documents as well as the latest documents available.  If you have any problem accessing the information on these pages, please let us know by using the Contact Form on this page.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Did You Know? PUBLIC REPORTS are on File for California Pines

THE LAW

A Notice of Intention (RE 603, 624 or 628) must be filed with the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), and a preliminary, conditional or final Public Report must be obtained from them, with certain exceptions, before offering for sale or lease five or more subdivision interests.
( pursuant to the DRE, Subdivision Public Report Application Guide, Section IV, Subsection A)

HAVE ANY REPORTS BEEN FILED FOR CALIFORNIA PINES?

YES! Over a hundred Public Reports are available for your review on the DRE Website.  The problem is, there is no way to tell the date they were issued by the information on the list.  Some of the information in public reports does get old and requires updating to keep the information current.  In a fact, the DRE "Expires" reports after a set period of time to encourage the renewal of this information by prospective sellers.  At present, all of the Public Reports for California Pines have expired, as far as we know.  However, that does not mean that the "expired" reports don't contain some good information!

WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DO THEY CONTAIN?

A Pubic Report is a disclosure document, and you should always ask for it if you are purchasing any property in California.  It contains information on fees, taxes, assessments, regulations, financing terms offered by the seller, and known issues that might affect your ability to develop, enjoy or pay for the property.  For instance, the original final report for Hill Unit 5 stated:


  • THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT A PURCHASER WILL BE ABLE TO USE HIS LOT FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.


  • THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF THE QUALITY, QUANTITY OR AVAILABILITY OF SUFFICIENT POTABLE DOMESTIC WATER ON ANY LOT IN THIS UNIT.  PURCHASER IS ADVISED THAT NO RESIDENTIAL USE OF ANY LOT IS PERMITTED UNLESS A SUFFICIENT DOMESTIC WATER SUPPLY IS OBTAINED. (The report then goes on to list the  properties where wells have been drilled and come up dry)


  • THE COUNTY OF MODOC ADVISES THAT THE USE OF A LOT BY THE LOT OWNER FOR CAMPING IN A SELF-CONTAINED RECREATIONAL VEHICLE CANNOT EXCEED THIRTY (30) DAYS.


  • THIS UNIT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY FOR SEASONAL RECREATIONAL USE AS THE LOTS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR YEAR-ROUND USE.

Despite the fact that this Public Report technically "Expired" on June 5, 1984, all of the above information is still true of Hill Unit 5, and the first three issues are true of every lot in California Pines!  The expiration simply means that a seller with 5 or more lots to sell in California Pines cannot use the report to sell their properties.  Instead, they are required to update it.


HOW ACCURATE ARE THE REPORTS?
As always, it is "Buyer Beware".  For example, the latest report for Hill Unit 5, whose applicant (seller) is listed as "N.R.L.L EAST, LLC",  fails to include the statement limiting Unit 5 to seasonal recreational use.  It also misstates the camping regulations of the County, indicating that camping in a recreational vehicle "cannot exceed thirty (30) consecutive days or a total of ninety (90) calendar days in one year".  County regulations do not provide for 90 days of camping in any calendar year, only 30 (per Zoning Ordinance Section 18.100.060.B.2).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

If You Are Purchasing A Lot in California Pines: Look up the Public Reports that apply to the Unit you are purchasing, even if they are expired.  Read the governing documents of the POA (they are available right here on this blog).  Check with the POA to see if the seller owes past POA dues on the property you are interested in (if you purchase the property you will be responsible for any past dues).  Visit the property, and ASK AROUND!  This is a small community and the people who live here are happy to tell you what they (think) they know.  However, always check and verify whatever you hear!  Also, the POA staff is happy to try to answer any questions you may have.

If You Are Selling Lots in California Pines, and Have Five or More On Offer:  You must file the documents required by the DRE, and provide them to any prospective purchasers.  You also must keep the POA fees current!


The Property Owners' Association (who does not sell properties in California Pines themselves) is taking steps to try to ensure that any further Public Reports filed with the DRE are accurate.  However, the DRE has not contacted the POA regarding these reports in the past, so please check out the "facts" they report before you purchase!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Board Operating Rules Available on Blog

Don't know what an "Operating Rule" is?  No problem!  Just click on the "Board Operating Rules" tab near the top of this page and all will be revealed.  At this point, the Board has adopted only one Operating Rule which is available to review at the end of the explanation shown on the Board Operating Rules page.   Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.

CC&R's AVAILABLE ON BLOG

The CC&Rs for each of the Lake and  Hill Units have now been uploaded to the Blog and are available by clicking the "Development Restrictions (CC&Rs)" tab located near the top of this webpage.  Please note that Lake Units 1B and 4 have been amended since they were originally adopted and the CC&Rs shown do not include the amendments.  We are working to get these uploaded as soon as possible. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

UPDATED OWNER CONTACT INFORMATION

We would like to remind the property owners that our data system is not linked with the Modoc County systems. Anytime there is owner changes or contact information changes, please remember to contact the POA as soon as possible, to keep your account as up to date as possible. There is an email contact form here, or you can reach the POA by telephone at (530) 233-4801. As there is only one office personnel, please do leave a message if the phone goes unanswered. We would love to make sure all of our records are correct, prior to the upcoming billing season. Thank you!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Excitement Abounds!

We here at the POA are very excited to undergo this new venture called a "blog". We are hoping that this will make it much easier for our owners, and any and all people that are interested in California Pines, to stay up to date with the goings on in our little community. We are also hoping that this will be easier for anyone to review our By-laws and CC&R's, which are also able to be downloaded and printed form the comfort of your own home. We would like to thank our owners and non-owners in their continued interest in California Pines! (And a HUGE "Thank You" Jenn Andersen for all of her hard work in helping to bring California Pines into the mainstream!)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Welcome to the Official On-Line Home of the California Pines Property Owners Association (POA)

TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS the POA Board of Directors authorized the restructuring of the POA Website in June of 2016 to create this blog, which is intended to provide property owners (and any interested party) with upcoming meeting notices and agendas, meeting minutes, progress reports on property improvements and repairs, informational reports on conditions affecting California Pines, and the ability to communicate with the POA directly regarding any problems, interests or concerns you may have.  The site will also house all the Development Restrictions applicable to each District in the development, any updates to those restrictions, and the legal documents and regulations that guide the work of the POA Board.

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU:  It is the Board's hope that all California Pines Property Owners will enter their email address where indicated in the right-hand column so that Owners can automatically receive regular POA informational postings.  Your email address will not be sold to outside parties.  It will only be used to send occasional informational postings relating to the California Pines Development (as noted above).   You will be able to unsubscribe from the Blog at any time, but we hope you will stay with us and help us protect and improve California Pines for your friends and family.