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SB 326 - Mandatory Balcony Inspections

Requirement for Inspections This requires the association of a condominium project to cause a reasonably competent and diligent visual inspection of exterior elevated elements, defined as the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing systems, as specified, to determine whether the...

Subject: Mandatory Balcony Inspections

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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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.

Subject: Voiding HOA Landscaping Rules

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Oppose

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2014 Legislation: AB 1888 - Transfer Tax Disclosure

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Documentary transfer tax: document for recordation: amount of tax due shown on separate paper.

Status: Amended 3/27. Passed committee votes. Assembly third reading.

Position: Watch

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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.

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: In Senate. Hearing cancelled at the request of author.

Position: Watch

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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. 

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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