"New Civil Code §4750.10 voids any prohibitions Homeowner Associations (HOAs) might have against clotheslines in exclusive use backyard areas (but not on balconies, railings, awnings, or other parts of the building). HOAs may adopt reasonable restrictions on clotheslines and drying racks that do not “significantly increase the cost of using a clothesline or drying rack.” HOAs will want to amend their CC&Rs to eliminate any restrictions on clotheslines which conflict with this new law.

Condominium HOAs are now required to address Owners’ claims of harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. This includes harassment by other residents, board members, managers, and vendors (see within).

It has been three years since the California State Legislature updated, modified and re-numbered the entire DavisStirling Act, the governing authority for all California condominium Homeowner Associations. HOAs which have not yet updated their governing documents (CC&Rs, Bylaws, Rules, etc.) to reflect the current status of the state’s rules on how HOAs operate may find themselves disadvantaged when they try to enforce their rules under their old documents. In most cases, when governing documents conflict with the Davis-Stirling Act, it is the state laws which prevail.

Condominium HOAs are allowed to conduct business via teleconference, under rules requiring at least one physical location where owners can attend in person. However, HOAs are still prohibited from conducting non-emergency meetings via email or text message."