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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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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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2012 Legislation: AB 806

This is the second of two bills from the California Law Revision Commission that restate and clarify the Davis-Stirling Act. This bill is now law, but becomes effective on January 1, 2014. For more information, and for the complete text of the new law, visit our The Law section.

Subject: Davis-Stirling Revision Part 2

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Support

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2012 Legislation: AB 805

This is the first of two bills from the California Law Revision Commission that restate and clarify the Davis-Stirling Act. This bill is now law, but becomes effective on January 1, 2014. For more information, and for the complete text of the new law, visit our The Law section.

Subject: Davis-Stirling Revision Part 1

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Support

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2012 Legislation: AB 317

Would revise the conditions under which a tenancy is exempt from a local rent control ordinance to, among other things, make the exemptions applicable when the mobilehome space is not the sole residence of the mobilehome owner.

Subject: Mobilehome Rent Control

Status: Amended 4/25. In Asm Utilities. Hearing cancelled.

Position: Watch

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2011 Legislation: SB 759

Voids provisions in governing documents that prohibit artificial turf. Allows associations to establish design and quality standards.

Subject: Artificial Turf

Status: Vetoed.

Position: Oppose

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