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SB 407 - Noncommercial Solicitation

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest: This bill would provide that the governing documents, including bylaws and operating rules, of a residential common interest development may not prohibit a member or resident of a common interest development from engaging in certain activities, including...

Subject: Noncommercial Solicitation

Status: In Senate Judiciary

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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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.

 

Subject: Clotheslines

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Neutral

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2015 Legislation - AB 596 - HOAs Must Disclose FHA Status

Updated on 7/6/15: AB 596 proposes to add another disclosure to an HOA's annual budget report: a statement describing the status of the common interest development as a condominium project approved by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Subject: FHA Approval Disclosure

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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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. 

Subject: Turf and Low Water-Using Landscapes

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Oppose

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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. 

Subject: Electric Vehicle Stations

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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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. 

Subject: Solar Energy Permits

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Oppose

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2014 Legislation: AB 2430 - Sale Package Disclosures and Fees

UPDATE 7/23: The bill was signed by the Govenor. 

Subject: HOA Transfer Fees and Disclosures

Status: Signed by Govenor

Position: Watch

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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:

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: In Committee. Hearing Canceled at Author's Request

Position: Watch

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2014 Legislation: SB 1243 - Regulation of Association Managers

Update: This bill was signed by the Governor on 9/17/14. Current law does not require that common interest managers be certified. However, for managers who wish to use the title "Certified Common Interest Development Manager," the law prescribes certain training requirements. The provision that would be extended by SB 1243 is set to expire as of January 1, 2015. SB 1243 would extend the effectiveness of a provision that regulates the practice of common interest development managers until January 1, 2019

Subject: Regulation of Association Managers

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Watch

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2014 Legislation: AB 1738 - Attorneys in Dispute Resolution

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

AB 1738 allows both homeowners and associations to involve counsel in dispute resolution proceedings such as Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) or "meet and confer." ECHO opposed this bill.

Subject: Attorneys at Dispute Resolution Proceedings

Status: Signed by Govenor

Position: Oppose

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2014 Legislation: SB 1026 - Foreclosure Action Notices

SB 1026 would permit an association to serve an owner or owner's representative with notice of a foreclosure action  to collect delinquent assessments by posting a copy of the notice on the owner’s separate interest in a manner most likely to give actual notice to the party to be served and mailing a copy of the notice, as specified.

Subject: Foreclosure Action Notice

Status: Amended 4/28. In Senate Judiciary. Hearing canceled at author's request.

Position: Watch

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