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Can the HOA Trespass to Correct Violations?

Your HOA board wants to go onto a property to correct a covenant violation. Can you? Even if you have legal authorization, should you? There are a number of risks and (and a few benefits) associated with entering someone else's property to resolve a covenant violation.

6 Common HOA Nuisances and How to Handle Them

Smoking, noisy floors, rambunxious children, and barking dogs are often the subject of HOA nuisance complaints. When do these issues qualify as a nuisance and when is the board obligated to act?

Rules for Short Term Rentals in Condo Associations

If your association permits short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb), clear guidelines will help your owners and protect the HOA.

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:

2014 Legislation: AB 2561 - Voiding HOA Landscaping Rules

AB 2561 would void HOA governing document provisions, such as landscaping rules or bans on commercial activity, that prohibit any homeowner from planting a personal or commercial garden of edible crops in their front or back yard. ECHO opposes AB 2561.

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 imposing a fine or assessment on separate interest owners for yard maintenance issues related to under-watered plants and lawns during any period for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency due to drought.

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 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:

Fine Policies in HOAs - How to Be Reasonable and Follow California Law

Fines in HOAs

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