Common Area Document Clean Up (Declarant in place)

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Creating an "overlay document" to consolidate various property-related documents like CC&R's (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions), REA's (Reciprocal Easement Agreements), and easements is a common practice in common area real estate management, especially in cases where there are multiple owners involved.

This overlay document serves as a comprehensive guide for the equitable management of the property and helps streamline decision-making processes while maintaining the interests of all owners and the Declarant and provides for the billing and collection of common area expenses from all owners on January 1st of each year.

The process typically involves the following steps:

  • Gathering existing documents: The legal advisors and Title experts will begin by collecting all relevant documents that are currently recorded against the property. This may include CC&R’s, REA’s, easements, and any other agreements related to the property.
  • Analysis and consolidation: The team will then analyze the collected documents to identify any overlaps, inconsistencies, or gaps in the existing agreements. They will consolidate and integrate the relevant provisions from these documents into the new overlay document to ensure a comprehensive and cohesive approach to property management.
  • Drafting the overlay document: Based on their analysis, the legal team will draft the overlay document that will encompass all the necessary provisions from the existing documents. The goal is to create a single, unified document that addresses all relevant aspects of property management.
  • Approval process: Once the draft is complete, it will be reviewed by all owners of the property and the Declarant. Their input and feedback will be considered, and any necessary modifications will be made to ensure that all parties are satisfied with the final version.
  • Recording the overlay document: After obtaining the necessary approvals and signatures, the overlay document will be recorded with the appropriate local government office. This step is essential to make the new document legally binding and to ensure that it becomes a part of the public record.
  • Equitable management: With the overlay document in place, property management decisions and operations will be guided by its provisions. This will help in avoiding conflicts and disputes among owners and create a framework for equitable decision-making.

It is important to note that the specific requirements and procedures for creating an overlay document may vary depending on local laws, property types, and the terms of existing agreements. Therefore, it is crucial to work closely with experienced legal advisors and Title experts familiar with the relevant laws and regulations in the specific jurisdiction where the property is located.

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1175 N. Van Horne Way
Anaheim, CA 92705


Michael E. Meyer

Phone: 714-272-8351

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4688 Cass St.
San Diego, CA 92109

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9988
San Diego, CA 92169


Jeffrey E. Morris

Phone: 858-735-2648


Craig T. Stevens

Phone: 714-322-8993

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