New Davis-Stirling Act Signed into Law

AB 805 takes effect on January 1, 2014, and comprehensively reorganizes and recodifies the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. The bill also revises and recasts provisions regarding notices and their delivery, standardizes terminology, establish guidelines on the relative authority of governing documents, and establish a single procedure for amendment of a common interest declaration. The bill also establishes an express list of conflicts of interest that may disqualify members of a board of directors of an association that manages a common interest development from voting on certain matters.

Governor Brown recently signed AB 805 and AB 806 into law.

AB 805 takes effect on January 1, 2014, and comprehensively reorganizes and recodifies the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. The bill also revises and recasts provisions regarding notices and their delivery, standardizes terminology, establish guidelines on the relative authority of governing documents, and establish a single procedure for amendment of a common interest declaration. The bill also establishes an express list of conflicts of interest that may disqualify members of a board of directors of an association that manages a common interest development from voting on certain matters. The bill also, among other things, revises provisions related to elections and voting, establish standards for the retention of records, and broadens the requirement that liens recorded by the association in error be released.

AB 806 deletes all of the existing cross-references to the Davis- Stirling Act in other code sections and replaces them with the new code sections created by AB 805.

Stay tuned for more details on what specific new changes the new law brings for community associations. While we are sure the signing of the new bill will raise some questions, there are no earth shattering changes, and managers and boards can rest assured that the changes are manageable. We will be preparing a guide to the new Davis-Stirling Act to help managers and boards understand the new law. Make sure to stay tuned to HOABrief.com, or sign up for our email newsletters to stay current on laws impacting California community associations.

My Guest Post on CAI CLAC Blog regarding Newly Enacted Legislation Affecting Community Associations

I recently submitted a guest post on the CAI California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC) blog regarding AB 1720, and the new requirment it imposes on California gated communities to provide access to licensed private investigators for the limited purpose of effecting service of process. You can read the post and the analysis of the impact of AB 1720 here.

Robert DeNichilo’s Article Appears in GRIE Chapter of CAI Connect Magazine

Robert M. DeNichilo’s article on the role Association counsel can play in the small claims process was recently published by CAI’s Greater Inland Empire Chapter’s Connect Magazine.

Robert M. DeNichilo’s article on the role Association counsel can play in the small claims process was recently published by CAI’s Greater Inland Empire Chapter’s Connect Magazine. You can download the article here

Department of Justice Stays Implementation of Pool Lift Requirment

While the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) generally doesn’t apply to Homeowners Associations, for those who need it, the Washington Times reported that on March 15, 2012 the DOJ issued 60 day stay on the requirement for public pools to have two “accessible means of entry.

While the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)  generally doesn’t apply to Homeowners Associations, for those who need it, the Washington Times  reported that on March 15, 2012, the DOJ issued a 60 day stay on the requirement for public pools to have two “accessible means of entry,” at least one of which must be a ramp or wheel chair lift. Public spas must also be accessible under the new rules. The DOJ may also consider a full six month extension to give pool owners additional time to address issues surrounding compliance with these requirements.

Some vendors are pressuring Associations to purchase these lifts, and some Boards are unclear as to whether they are actually required to install lifts at common area pools. Any association which has a question as to whether these rules apply to their pools should consult with counsel to determine if the ADA applies to the Association, and if compliance with these rules is required.

Governor Brown Signs Second Electric Vehicle Charging Station Bill

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electric Vehicle Charging Station “clean up” bill, SB 880. The measure corrects the various issues created by the bill’s predecessor, SB 209 which authorized such installations, but had constitutional flaws.

CAI’s California Legislative Action Committee reported today that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electric Vehicle Charging Station “clean up” bill, SB 880. The measure corrects the various issues created by the bill’s predecessor, SB 209 which authorized such installations, but had constitutional flaws.  SB 209 also conflicted with existing law that requires ⅔ of HOA members to approve designating common area as exclusive-use area for an individual’s station; that conflict is resolved by SB 880.

SB 880 takes effect immediately as an emergency measure, and amends sections 1353.9 and 1363.0 of the Civil Code. The bill would makes those provisions applicable only to the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station in an owner’s designated parking space, and also provides that any provision in an association’s governing documents that is in conflict with those requirements is void and unenforceable.

The bill also authorizes the installation of a charging station for the exclusive use of an owner in a common area that is not an exclusive use common area only if installation in the owner’s designated parking space is impossible or unreasonably expensive. However, the bill would authorize an association or owners to install a charging station in the common area for the use of all members and would require the association to develop appropriate terms of use for the charging station.

Additionally, the bill authorizes the board of directors of an association to grant exclusive use of a portion of the common area without the affirmative vote of the members of the association for the purpose of installing and using an electric vehicle charging station in an owner’s garage or designated parking space, under specified circumstances, such as when the installation or use of the charging station requires reasonable access through the common area for utility lines or meters.

Click here to read the complete text of SB 880.