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Clotheslines as solar energy systems? California’s legislature airs some dirty laundry

Posted by Garrett Wait | Apr 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

A bill proposed by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (AB 1448) which would reclassify clotheslines as “solar energy systems” is working its way through the California state legislature. The bill would rewrite California Civil Code Section 714 to define clotheslines in the same manner as photovoltaic solar energy systems and prohibit homeowners associations from banning them. The bill also includes language adding leases and other rental agreements to the types of documents which could not ban clotheslines, meaning there would be no way for owners to halt their tenants from erecting clotheslines either. Many HOAs currently ban clotheslines for aesthetic reasons, as most owners would prefer not to see their neighbors' laundry when viewing the common area. Clotheslines can have an impact on property values as well, since many buyers would prefer not to see them when looking to buy a home. CAI's California Legislative Action Committee is tracking the bill and is likely to take an opposing position. Managers and board members are encouraged to contact their state legislator if they have concerns over how the language in this bill will affect their HOA. Clotheslines as solar energy systems? California's legislature airs some dirty laundry.  A bill proposed by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (AB 1448) which would reclassify clotheslines as “solar energy systems” is working its way through the California state legislature. The bill would rewrite California Civil Code Section 714 to define clotheslines in the same manner as photovoltaic solar energy systems and prohibit homeowners associations from banning them. The bill also includes language adding leases and other rental agreements to the types of documents which could not ban clotheslines, meaning there would be no way for owners to halt their tenants from erecting clotheslines either. Many HOAs currently ban clotheslines for aesthetic reasons, as most owners would prefer not to see their neighbors' laundry when viewing the common area. Clotheslines can have an impact on property values as well, since many buyers would prefer not to see them when looking to buy a home. CAI's California Legislative Action Committee is tracking the bill and is likely to take an opposing position. Managers and board members are encouraged to contact their state legislator if they have concerns over how the language in this bill will affect their HOA. Clotheslines as solar energy systems? California's legislature airs some dirty laundry A bill proposed by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (AB 1448) which would reclassify clotheslines as “solar energy systems” is working its way through the California state legislature. The bill would rewrite California Civil Code Section 714 to define clotheslines in the same manner as photovoltaic solar energy systems and prohibit homeowners associations from banning them. The bill also includes language adding leases and other rental agreements to the types of documents which could not ban clotheslines, meaning there would be no way for owners to halt their tenants from erecting clotheslines either. Many HOAs currently ban clotheslines for aesthetic reasons, as most owners would prefer not to see their neighbors' laundry when viewing the common area. Clotheslines can have an impact on property values as well, since many buyers would prefer not to see them when looking to buy a home. CAI's California Legislative Action Committee is tracking the bill and is likely to take an opposing position. Managers and board members are encouraged to contact their state legislator if they have concerns over how the language in this bill will affect their HOA.

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Garrett Wait

Senior Associate Practice Areas: Community Association Counsel Civil Litigation Garrett Wait is a Senior Associate with Kriger Law Firm where he provides both general counsel and litigation services to community associations. Early in his career, Garrett spent five years at Kriger Law Firm, gui...

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