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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.

2015 Legislation - AB 349 - Mandatory Approval of Turf in HOAs

AB 349 requires HOAs to approve the use artificial grass or turf in all circumstances, even where reasonable low water-using alternative landscapes exist. ECHO opposed AB 349.

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.

Tree Fungal Infections Caused by Drought

Trees contracting disease, fungus, and other parasitic infections are an unexpected side-effect of a drought. Weakened by a lack of water, trees become more susceptible to disease, making them prime candidates for rot. Find out the causes and types of tree fungus that may be causing your foliage to wither.

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 2100 - Drought and Under-watering Fines

AB 2100 prohibits an association from fining its members for reducing the watering of their lawns or other vegetation during a drought. 

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:

§4735 - Water-Efficient Plants and Landscaping

  1. Notwithstanding any other law, a provision of the governing documents or architectural or landscaping guidelines or policies shall be void and unenforceable if it does any of the following:
    1. Prohibits, or includes conditions that have the effect of prohibiting, the use of low water-using plants as a group or as a replacement of existing turf.
    2. Prohibits, or includes conditions that have the effect of prohibiting, the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.
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