HOA HOMEFRONT: Take care when selecting board members - Press Enterprise: "Yes, amazingly, no education or license is required to manage California associations and no education is required to serve on California HOA boards. Florida in 2013 began requiring HOA directors to certify they had read the governing documents and promise to uphold them, or to take an HOA certification course. Nevada’s CAI Chapter created a “Dedicated Community Association Leader” (“DCAL”) distinction, in which the volunteer receives about 30 hours of training. That is presently voluntary, but hundreds of Nevada volunteers have already attained their DCAL certification. In 2008, the Community Associations Institute in California sponsored AB 2806, which would have required volunteer directors obtain at least three hours of education. During the legislative process, the bill was diluted from a mandatory to a voluntary education law and then was vetoed by the Governor, who said voluntary laws are not helpful."
Board members and officers who don't know how to do their jobs--there is so little oversight that nobody has any idea how bad the situation really is.