2014 Legislation: AB 1636 – Drought and Under-watering Fines

This bill would amend the Water Code to provide a temporary exemption for homeowners who could be fined for under-watering their plants or yards. From the Legislative Counsel’s Digest: This […]

2014 Legislation: SB 1144 – Drought and Under-watering Fines

This bill proposes a temporary exemption for homeowners who could be fined for under-watering their plants or yards. From the Legislative Counsel’s Digest: This bill would prohibit an association from […]

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: 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 […]

Beginner’s Guide to HOA Boards of Directors Duties and Responsibilities

Many new board members want an introductory guide that states in one place what are their duties and by what authority do they operate. This article discusses general concepts and […]

HOA Rules: Creating, Changing, and Repealing

HOAs create rules to address situations that are not regulated by the CC&Rs. This article explains the process to adopt or change a rule, as well as process that members […]

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2011 You may have heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This statement especially applies to community associations because […]

Resolving Problems with Absentee Owners

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2013 A common complaint from boards of directors is problems with absentee property owners. Renters and landlords are blamed for many of the problems […]

§4365 – Reversal of Rule Changes

Members of an association owning 5 percent or more of the separate interests may call a special vote of the members to reverse a rule change. A special vote of […]

§4360 – Notice of Rule Changes

The board shall provide general notice pursuant to Section 4045 of a proposed rule change at least 28 days before making the rule change. The notice shall include the text […]