HOA Advocacy

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:

Subject: Low Water-Using Plants

Status: Signed by Govenor

Position: Watch

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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:

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2014 Legislation: SB 391 - Fees on Recorded Documents

In order to fund affordable housing, this bill would impose a fee for all documents that must be recorded in California, including governing documents. 

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Document Recording Fees

Status: Failed Passage

Position: Oppose

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2013 Legislation: SB 750

This bill deals with water sub-meters and meters. While the bill intended to address landlords and tenants, the language did not exempt common interest developments. Ultimately, the bill failed passage in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife committee.

Subject: Mandatory Submetering

Status: Failed passage in committee. Reconsideration granted.

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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2013 Legislation: SB 125

This bill exempts a property owner of a structure that is both within a state responsibility area and within the boundaries of a local fire district that provides fire protection services in the district from the payment of the fire prevention fee.

Subject: Fire Prevention Fees

Status: Failed - Did not meet legislative deadlines.

Position: None

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2013 Legislation: AB 1205

This bill would create a mediation program for alleged violations of the Mobilehome Residency Law, and would impose financial assessments to maintain the program. ECHO sought an amendment that would exempt mobilehome parks that are governed by the Davis-Stirling Act.

Subject: Mobilehome Residency Law Mediation Act

Status: Failed - Did not meet legislative deadlines.

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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2013 Legislation: SB 752

This bill establishes a new body of law, separate from the Davis-Stirling Act, that governs exclusively commercial and industrial CIDs. Mixed commercial and residential associations are not affected.

The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act provides for the creation and regulation of common interest developments, as defined, but exempts common interest developments that are limited to industrial or commercial uses from specified provisions of the act.

Subject: Davis-Stirling for Commercial CIDs

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Watch

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2013 Legislation: SB 745

This annual housing omnibus bill contains non-controversial provisions that clean up mistakes within the new Davis-Stirling Act, effective in January 2014.

Subject: New Davis-Stirling Clean-Up

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Watch

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2013 Legislation: SB 510

This bill provides that a local agency is required to consider the results of a survey in making its decision to approve or reject a map related to the conversion of a rental mobilehome park to resident ownership. From the Legislative Counsel's digest:

Subject: Resident Surveys in Mobilehome Conversions

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Watch

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2013 Legislation: SB 298

This region-specific bill authorizes the Orange County Board of Supervisors to contract for supplemental law enforcement services for homeowners’ associations to enforce Vehicle Code on the association’s owned and maintained roads. From the Legislative Counsel's digest:

Subject: Contracts with Private Parking Enforcement

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Watch

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