AB 786 – Clarification on Association’s Ability to Discipline Members Who Fail to Water Landscape in Times of Drought (CA)

AB 786 is a piece of emergency legislation adopted earlier this year in response to California’s drought conditions. The bill clears up an ambiguity created in 2014.  Last year, SB 992 amended Civil Code section 4735 to provide an exception to the law that an association could not take disciplinary action against an owner who failed to water their landscaping in times of a declared drought. However, SB 992 contained confusing language which resulted in associations which used recycled water to irrigate any part of the common area landscaping fining owners when they did not water, even when the owner did not have access to recycled water themselves.     Read the article…………..