Condo owners have a similar law. This law requires a landlord to permit a tenant to utilize a clothesline or drying rack approved by the landlord in the tenant’s private area. The landlord must permit a tenant to utilize a clothesline or drying rack approved by the landlord in the tenant’s private area. The tenant must comply with the following: 1) The clothesline or drying rack will not interfere with the maintenance of the rental property. 2) The clothesline or drying rack will not create a health or safety hazard, block doorways, or interfere with walkways or utility service equipment. 3) The tenant seeks the landlord’s consent before affixing a clothesline to a building. 4) Use of the clothesline or drying rack does not violate reasonable time or location restrictions imposed by the landlord. 5) The tenant has received approval of the clothesline or drying rack, or the type of clothesline or drying rack, from the landlord. “Private area” means an outdoor area or an area in the tenant’s premises enclosed by a wall or fence with access from a door of the premises. A balcony, railing, awning, or other part of a structure or building does not qualify as either a clothesline or a drying rack. Assembly Bill 1448. Codified as Civil Code §§1940.20 and 4750.10. Effective date is January 1, 2016.
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