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SB 326 - Mandatory Balcony Inspections

Requirement for Inspections This bill would require 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...

Subject: Mandatory Balcony Inspections

Status: Passed Senate. In Assembly Housing.

Position: Support

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2014 Legislation: AB 1360 - Electronic Voting

This bill authorizes an association to conduct elections or other membership balloting by electronic voting. It also requires an association to provide each member with an opportunity to indicate that he or she will be voting electronically and to provide a member who did not indicate so with a paper ballot.

Subject: HOA Elections and Voting

Status: Failed passage in Senate committee.

Position: Support if Amended

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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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