Nielson introduces bill preventing HOA from fining homeowners with brown lawns

Feb 14, 2014 1:37 PM

State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) introduced a bill this week potentially preventing the Homeowners Association (HOA) from fining residents within some its communities for brown lawns during a governor-declared drought.

“Californians truly want to do their part in conserving water during this drought from taking shorter showers to not watering our lawns,” said Nielsen. “Unfortunately, the folks residing in some HOA communities are required to water their lawns or be subject to steep fines for unmaintained yards.”

SB 992 is a response to reports Nielsen’s office has received from some HOA residents who are allegedly facing fines between $100 and $1,000 for yards that are not suitably maintained. The bill proposed by the state senator would temporarily exempt residents in HOA communities from complying with these codes during the drought declaration period.

“While I respect the autonomy of HOAs to self-govern and maintain standards of appearance within their developments, I am more concerned about the non-essential water-use during the current drought," Nielsen said. "Californians, especially those on wells, are deeply concerned that they will not be able to wash their dishes and flush their toilets."

The bill is awaiting for a rules committee to assigned the bill to a policy committee which should take place sometime in March, and aide with Nielsen's office stated today.


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