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AB-349 Would Allow HOA Homeowners to Install Artificial Turf

July 2, 2015 Leave a comment

AB-349 which was approved by the Assembly but is still going thru the Senate committee review process, would amend Civil Code Section 4735 again.  The existing law in part prohibits a Homeowner’s Association (“HOA”), except an HOA that uses recycled water for landscape irrigation, from imposing a fine or assessment on owners for reducing or eliminating watering of vegetation or lawns during any period for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency or the local government has declared a local emergency due to drought.

This bill amends the law further, to make void and unenforceable any provision of the governing documents or architectural or landscaping guidelines or policies that prohibits use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.  The bill makes sense in this extended drought, to approve of another method for homeowners to save water.

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