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2015 Legislation - AB 1448 - HOAs Banned from Restricting Clotheslines

Updated on 7/6/15: AB 1448 requires HOAs to permit the use of clotheslines in backyards, and allows the association to place reasonable restrictions on the installation and use of both clotheslines and drying racks.

 

2015 Legislation - AB 349 - Restricting Low Water-Using Landscapes and Turf

Updated on 7/6/15: AB 349 to permit "artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass." HOAs may not require low-water-using plant alternatives to synthetic turf. ECHO opposes AB 349. 

§4736 - Pressure Washing During Declared Drought

  1. A provision of the governing documents shall be void and unenforceable if it requires pressure washing the exterior of a separate interest and any exclusive use common area appurtenant to the separate interest during a state or local government declared drought emergency.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Green Amenities for HOA Property

Electric Car charging stationThere are nearly 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)  in California – 40 percent of the national PEV market.  Your homeowners association may have already received requests for charging stations on the property, especially in regions such as the Bay Area, greater Los Angeles, and San Diego where PEV adoption rates are high and many people live in multi-unit dwellings.

2014 Legislation: AB 2565 - Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Renters

Subject to certain conditions, AB 2565 would compel a lessor in an association to permit a lessee to install an electric vehicle charging station, provided the lessee agress in writing to various requirements related to costs, insurance, and potential damages. 

2014 Legislation: AB 2188 - Solar Energy Permits

AB 2188 would expedite permits for solar panel installations. This bill requires boards to decide on applications for solar panel installations within 45 days and to notify the applicant in writing. 

California Drought: What Can Your HOA Do to Save Water?

With California facing a historic drought, both individuals and HOAs must work together to conserve water. Water conservation means knowing how to efficiently water your lawn and best practices for maintaining a healthy landscape. Learn how to reduce water usage for this year's drought while preventing ones in the future. 

2014 Legislation: AB 2104 - HOA Regulation of Turf

Update: The Govenor signed the bill on 9/18.

This bill would expand the options of homeowners who want to plant water-efficient landscape by further limiting possible restrictions in an association's CC&Rs.

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

2014 Legislation: SB 992 - Drought and Under-watering Fines

SB 992 went into immediate effect on Sept. 18, 2014, superseding AB 2100 because it amended the same section of law, Civil Code Section 4735. SB 992 is identical to AB 2100 except for two features:

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