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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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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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2013 Legislative Activity Overview

ECHO watches a wide variety of bills every legislative session. While some bills affect common interest developments (CIDs) explicitly, many bills have an “accidental” impact on our industry. We look for both kinds, and try to reduce the negative statutory burden on California CIDs. We also work to ensure that the legislation that becomes law - good or bad - is clear and enforceable.

Subject: 2013 Legislative Overview

Status: N/A

Position: N/A

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2014 Legislation: AB 968 - Exclusive Use Common Area

ECHO is Sponsoring AB 968 on behalf of California HOAs. Unless your governing documents are very clear, the Davis-Stirling Act exposes associations and their members to expensive legal battles, major safety concerns, and confusion over the repair and replacement of exclusive use common area (EUCA). AB 968 improves the law, and benefits both individual owners and associations.

Subject: Maintenance of Exclusive Use Common Area

Status: Signed by Govenor

Position: Support

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2013 Legislation: AB 746

This bill prohibits the smoking of cigarettes or other tobacco products in all areas of multifamily dwellings. It provides an exception for designated smoking areas. The bill defines multifamily dwelling as residential property containing 2 or more units with one or more shared walls, floors, ceilings, or ventilation systems.

Subject: Smoking Prohibition in Multi-Family Dwellings

Status: Failed - Did not meet legislative deadlines.

Position: Watch

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2013 Legislation: AB 126

This bill requires a time-share association to maintain a complete list of the names and postal addresses of all owners of time-share interests in the time-share plan and to update the list at least every 12 months.

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Time-Share Mailing Lists

Status: Failed - Did not meet legislative deadlines.

Position: Watch

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2013 Legislation: AB 637

This is an ECHO sponsored bill that establishes that the owner of each separate interest is responsible for maintaining the exclusive use common area appurtenant to the separate interest unless otherwise provided for in the governing documents.

From the California Legislative Counsel's digest:

Subject: Maintenance Responsibilities

Status:

Position: Support as Introduced

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