2015 Legislation – AB 786 – Recycled Water and Drought-Related Fines

Existing law prohibits HOAs for fining owners who underwater their landscaping during a drought. This bill would allow fines in associations where recycled water is used for all irrigation.

2015 Legislation – AB 349 – Mandatory Approval of Turf in HOAs

AB 349 requires HOAs to approve the use artificial grass or turf in all circumstances, even where reasonable low water-using alternative landscapes exist. ECHO opposed AB 349.

Tree Fungal Infections Caused by Drought

Most people are already aware that the state of California is experiencing the worst drought in history, and our savvy followers also may know that this has significant implications on […]

2015 Legislation – AB 349 – Restricting Low Water-Using Landscapes and Turf

Updated on 7/6/15: AB 349 to permit “artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.” HOAs may not require low-water-using plant alternatives to synthetic turf. ECHO opposes AB 349.

§4736 – Pressure Washing During Declared Drought

A provision of the governing documents shall be void and unenforceable if it requires pressure washing the exterior of a separate interest and any exclusive use common area appurtenant to […]

California Drought: What Can Your HOA Do to Save Water?

With California facing a historic drought, both individuals and HOAs must work together to conserve water. Water conservation means knowing how to efficiently water your lawn and best practices for […]

2014 Legislation: AB 2100 – Drought and Under-watering Fines

AB 2100 prohibits an association from fining its members for reducing the watering of their lawns or other vegetation during a drought.

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 […]

§4735 – Water-Efficient Plants and Landscaping

Notwithstanding any other law, a provision of the governing documents or architectural or landscaping guidelines or policies shall be void and unenforceable if it does any of the following: Prohibits, […]