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2016 Legislation - AB 1799 - Elections by Acclamation

AB 1799 Permits Elections by Acclamation AB 1799 would offer an alternative voting process to associations with uncontested elections - those elections where the number of candidates for the board equals the number vacant seats. Under these circumstances (defined in the bill), the association...

Subject: Elections by Acclamation

Status: Died.

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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2016 Legislation - SB 918 - Member Contact Information for Notices

Existing law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, defines and regulates common interest developments, which are managed by homeowners’ associations. This bill would require the owners of the separate interests in a common interest development to annually provide the association with specified written information for the purpose of receiving notices from the association.

Subject: Member Contact Information for Notices

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2016 Legislation - AB 1720 - 3rd Party Representation at Board Meetings

The Open Meeting Act requires associations to allow owners time to address the board at regular meetings. This bill would extend that right to any "representative" of a member of the association. The representative may be any 3rd party, including the member's attorney. The bill requires the member to give the association 48 hours advance written notice that their representative will attend, but does not require the member to identify the person by name or as an attorney.

ECHO opposes AB 1720.

Subject: 3rd Party Representation at Board Meetings

Status: Failed Passage.

Position: Oppose

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2016 Legislation - SB 1431 - Service of Summons or Subpoena

This bill would require an investigator who is employed by an office of the attorney general, a county counsel, a city attorney, a district attorney, or a public defender, upon the display of proper identification, to be granted access to a gated community for the sole purpose of performing lawful service of process or service of a subpoena.

Subject: Service of Summons or Subpoena

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Watch

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2016 Legislation - SB 944 - Housing Omnibus Bill

The Annual Housing Omnibus Bill cleans up errors and makes non-substantive changes in the law. ECHO has proposed several amendments to correct errors and improve clarity within the statute.

Subject: Housing Omnibus Bill

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2016 Legislation - AB 2362 - Pesticide Application and Notice

This bill would expand upon the 2016 law concerning notice requirements for the application of pesticides in common interest developments. It would require an association to provide notice to an owner or tenant of a separate interest, and under certain circumstances to owners or tenants of adjacent separate interests, if pesticide is to be applied without a licensed pest control operator. The bill would authorize an owner or tenant to agree to immediate pesticide application and would prescribe a revised notification procedure in this instance.

Subject: Pesticide Application and Notice

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Watch

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2016 Legislation - AB 1963 - Construction Defect Claim Conditions

Existing law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, requires, until July 1, 2017, specified conditions to be met before an association may file a complaint for damages against a builder, developer, or general contractor of a common interest development based upon a claim for defects in the design or construction of the common interest development.

This bill would delete the inoperative and repeal dates and would, instead, make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2024, and would repeal these provisions as of January 1, 2025, as specified.

Subject: Construction Defect Claim Conditions

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Watch

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2016 Legislation - AB 1736 - Homeownership Savings Accounts

This bill would provide that a qualified taxpayer may withdraw amounts from a homeownership savings account to pay for qualified homeownership savings expenses, and would provide that any amount withdrawn from that account that is not used for these expenses would be included as income for that taxpayer.

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Subject: Homeownership Savings Accounts

Status: Died.

Position: Support

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2016 Legislation - AB 587 - Waiving Payment Penalties When Buying a Mobilehome

Current law prohibits the State from issuing a new title to a mobilehome buyer when of any outstanding charges or liens exist as a result of the previous owner’s failure to pay certain fees and penalties

Subject: Nonpayments or Late Payments on Mobilehomes

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2016 Legislation - SB 477 - Property Taxes for Mobile Homes

Updated on 7/6/15: SB 477 authorizes mobile home owners to seek postponement of ad valorem taxes as long as he or she is a qualified person. 

Subject: Property Tax Postponements

Status: Died.

Position: Support

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2015 Legislation - AB 786 - Recycled Water and Drought-Related Fines

Existing law prohibits HOAs for fining owners who underwater their landscaping during a drought. This bill would allow fines in associations where recycled water is used for all irrigation.

Subject: Drought, Fines, and Recycled Water

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Oppose

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