VOLUME 11 | NUMBER 5 | MAY 2016
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Introductory Remarks
Recent Cases

The Real Property Section Newsletter is published monthly by the Real Property Law Section.

Teresa Y. Hillery
Vice President and Trial Counsel
Fidelity National Law Group


Real Property Executive Committee:


Brant Dveirin

First Vice Chair
Susan J. Booth

Second Vice Chair
Caroline Dreyfus

Claire Hervey Collins

Eric Altoon 

Barristers Liaison
Kelsey Thayer

Section Administrator
Fatima Jones


Nedra E. Austin
Michael J. Bayard
Martha C. Bringas
Elizabeth Spedding Calciano
Norman Chernin
William G. Coskran
Robert T. Flick
Peter A. Gelles
Daniel L. Goodkin
Marcia Z. Gordon
Owen P. Gross
Byron Hayes, Jr
Marybeth Heydt
Lore A. Hilburg
Teresa Y. Hillery
Laurence L. Hummer
Gordon Hunt
Bryan C. Jackson
Robert D. Jaffe
Donna E. Kirkner
Michael S. Klein
Mark L. Lamken
Trudi J. Lesser
Gregg J. Loubier
Kyle B. Marks
Victor I. Marmon
Jerold L. Miles
O'Malley M. Miller
Donald C. Nanney
Gytis L. Nefas
Beth Peterson
Nadav Ravid
D. Eric Remensperger
James D. Richman
Misty Marie Sanford
Floyd Sayer
Margaret J. Schock
Ronald I. Silverman
Linda E. Spiegel
Sarah V J Spyksma
Theresa C. Tate
Kelsey M. Thayer
Timothy M. Truax
Richard S. Volpert
Ira J. Waldman
Brandon Dominic Ward
Alan Wayte
Pamela L. Westhoff
Norma J. Williams
Grace Winters
Andrew (Andy) J. Yamamoto
Paula Reddish K. Zinnemann


Construction Law
Donna Kirkner
Finance Committee
Owen Gross
General Property
Beth Peterson
Land Use Planning & Environmental Law
Brandon Ward
Title Insurance
Lore A. Hilburg


Introductory Remarks

We hope to see you at our 18th Annual Real Property Installation & Awards Dinner. It will be a great night of honoring exceptional award recipients and installing the incoming Officers for 2016-2017. To register by May 31, 2016, call LACBA Member Services at 213-896-6560 or visit The event code is 060816RPS. More Information

18th Annual Real Property Installation and Awards Dinner
June 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.
InterContinental Los Angeles
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Recent Cases
-- Homeowners Association –
Trial court did not abuse its discretion in awarding attorney's fees to the homeowners association and against property owners, pursuant to Civil Code §5975. Although property owners did succeed in having some of the association imposed fines deemed unreasonable, the net result of the case was to reaffirm the association's ability to enforce its CC&Rs. The award of fees to prevailing homeowners association did not violate public policy, as it was consistent with the Davis-Stirling Act.

Almanor Lakeside Villas Owners Association v. Carson - filed Apr. 19, 2016, Sixth District
Cite as 2016 S.O.S. 2017
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--Inverse Condemnation--
Homeowners' inverse condemnation complaint failed to state a cause of action where it alleged only impairment of their views and a speculative risk of fire danger, neither of which constituted a taking or damaging of their property.

Boxer v. City of Beverly Hills - filed Apr. 26, 2016, Second District, Div. One
Cite as 2016 S.O.S. 2147
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-- Loan Servicing --
When a lender acquires by assignment a loan being administered by a loan servicer, the lender may be liable to the borrower for misrepresentations made by the loan servicer, as the lender's agent, after that assignment. A loan servicer may owe a duty of care to a borrower through application of the Biakanja factors:  "(1) the extent to which the transaction was intended to affect the plaintiff, (2) the foreseeability of harm to [the plaintiff], (3) the degree of certainty that the plaintiff suffered injury, (4) the closeness of the connection between the defendant's conduct and the injury suffered, (5) the moral blame attached to the defendant's conduct, and (6) the policy of preventing future harm. (Biakanja v. Irving (1958) 49 Cal. 2d 647, 650)

Daniels v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. - filed Apr. 26, 2016, Sixth District
Cite as 2016 S.O.S. 2102
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-- Nonjudicial Foreclosure --
Borrower's complaint for cancellation of instruments, unfair competition, foreclosure by entity lacking a beneficial interest, declaratory relief, and violation of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR) failed to state a cause of action. The causes of action were 'barred as a matter of law' because there is no recognized cause of action that allows a borrower to test the legal authority of the entity initiating nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings in a suit brought before the foreclosure sale occurs (a 'preemptive action'); [Borrower] lacked standing; and [Borrower's] 'contention that [Defendants] lack[ed] authority to enforce the Deed of Trust [was] contradicted by matters subject to judicial notice. The court also found that [Borrower] had not alleged a sufficient injury in fact to support her unfair competition claim and that her claims under the HBOR failed for lack of explanation of the law's applicability.

Brown v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company - filed May 9, 2016, First District, Div. One
Cite as 2016 S.O.S. 2376
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