Category Archives: Construction Defects

Vicki MacHale

The song, “Both sides now” has been on my mind a lot since talking to my guest.   Reading the lyrics, I understand why.  The lyrics pretty much sum up the gist of this interview.  I always find it interesting that when it comes to housing, two people can look at the same problems and issues and come with a different point of view, sort of like the lyrics in the song that keeps playing over and over in my mind.  Angel hair, ice cream castles and feather canyons are in the clouds but then the clouds only block the sun and rain and snow on everyone.  Maybe it is time to look at condos and HOAs from “both sides now”.

Vicki MacHale  joins us On The Commons.  Vicki is the co-owner of Ark Management in California with 23 years experience under her belt.  She has seen lots of clouds, especially when it comes to the way HOAs and condos are managed and has written about her thoughts and observations.  In a recent article titled Emissaries of Change    She has also written a letter to Governor Jerry Brown about her concerns for underfunded associations  and the largely inadequate legislation that is mainly a knee jerk  reaction to a headline grabbing incident. Vicki and I both agree on the problems and the issues but we do tend to look at “both sides” in this interview.  I learned some things from my chat with Vicki and believe it is time for all concerned to come together and look at “both sides now”.

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Tyler Berding

They don’t build things like they used to.  The Pyramids of Egypt have been around since approximately 2700 BC, that’s almost 5000 years.  I wonder how much maintenance has been done on them over the centuries?  Our cardboard and scotch tape buildings fail after a few years and will probably not be a source of amazement in a century.  In fact, at this rate, most of them will not be still standing and that’s with maintenance.  How times they are a changing!

Tyler Berding joins us On The Commons this week.  Tyler is a founding partner of Berding and Weil, a law firm in California specializing in construction defect litigation and condominiums.  He has long warned us of the perils we are facing by not being adequately funded for multi unit housing.  Tyler also maintains a blog called, not surprisingly,  Condo Issues.  Tyler talks about a couple of recent tragic building failures in California that claimed the lives of several people.  He explains why he believes these buildings are failing and what can be done about it.  He also tells us about one bill he wrote that he thinks might help in the future.  But at no time does he promise us that we will be building and living in anything that is remotely as well built as the Pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians.  Take another listen.

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