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Some of our recent Posts:
- Accessory Dwelling Units / In-Law Units Encouraged by New Laws
An ADU, previously known as “in-law” units or “granny flats,” are additional living spaces on single-family lots that have a separate kitchen, bathroom, and exterior access independent of the primary residence. Two bills, SB-1069 and AB-2299 were recently enacted amending provisions of the Government Code, and generally encouraging the building of ADU’s. These bills require […]
- Check your Lease before Listing a Short-term Rental
A new law in effect for 2016, requires short-term vacation rental websites such as Airbnb to provide disclosures to tenants. While subletting is often not allowed in rental agreements, and can even lead to eviction, many tenants don’t know this or even review their own rental agreements before trying it. A tenant should always review their […]
- AB-349 Would Allow HOA Homeowners to Install Artificial Turf
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 […]
- Contractor Problem? Remember the License Bond as Security.
For homeowner’s damaged by a home improvement contractor working on their their primary residence, don’t forget their License Bond as security. For these homeowner’s, the available License Bond proceeds are the full sum of the bond or $12,500.00. The legislature should probably at least double this bond amount, but for now this is the limit. There […]
- Short Term Rental Legislation in San Francisco
New legislation in the City and County of San Francisco is taking effect that allows qualified residents to legally rent their units through the Short-Term Residential Rental Registry via the San Francisco Planning Department. San Francisco Ordinance No. 218-14 was signed to amend the Administrative and Planning Codes to allow permanent residents of residential properties […]
- Prohibiting Certain Fines on Members during a Drought.
A homeowners association or HOA is no longer allowed to impose fines against members who reduce or even eliminate watering their lawns during a declared state of emergency due to drought, despite any provision in the association’s governing documents to the contrary. Recent bills have amended Civil Code Section 4735 of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development […]
- HOA’s Should Not Fine for Water Conservation!
In another year of severe drought, California faces a historic water shortage and wildfire danger. Matters are expected to worsen, as California’s rainfall and water supply has been dwindling. In response Governor Brown signed an Emergency Drought Proclamation in January 2014 declaring a state of emergency and calling upon all Californians to voluntarily reduce their […]
- Architects owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowners
In Beacon Residential Community Assoc. v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (No. S208173), the California Supreme Court expanded the potential liability of architects who are the primary designers of a residential building, typically a condominium development. The Supreme Court held that an architect owes a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of a residential […]
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