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Help for customers living within HOAs

Post Date:06/10/2015 4:59 PM

Assembly Bill 349 (Gonzalez D) is pending. This bill would allow Californians who live in HOAs to replace their lawns with artificial turf, without fear of fines, and was resoundingly approved by the state Assembly on May 28, 2015. The vote marks a major milestone for the legislation, which is sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority. To become law, it must first gain approvals from the state Senate and Governor Jerry Brown.  Many HOAs in the state currently prohibit fake grass on front lawns and threaten residents with fines if they break the rules. Gonzalez’ bill, AB 349, would eliminate that HOA authority. Read more at http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/may/28/assembly-oks-turf-protection-in-hoas/#comments-module

Assembly Bill 2100 (Campos D) went into effect on 7/21/14. This bill prohibits an association of a common interest development (i.e. HOA) from imposing a fine or assessment against a member of a separate interest (i.e. homeowner/resident) for reducing or eliminating watering of vegetation or lawns during any period for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency, or a local government has declared a local emergency, due to drought. Read more...

Assembly Bill 2104 (Gonzalez D) went into effect on 9/18/2014. This bill states that any existing rules in the common interest development governing documents (i.e. HOA rules/regulations) that prohibit the use of low-water plants, compliance with a local water-efficient landscape ordinance or water conservation measure (i.e. Vallecitos' drought ordinance) or replacement of existing turf, would be void and unenforceable.  Read more...

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