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Clotheslines or Drying Racks May be Kept in Condo owner’s yard (Civil Code §§1940.20 and 4750.10)

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2016 | 2016 New Statutes |


Now homeowners can ignore HOA limits on use of clotheslines and drying racks. (A separate provision of this law applies to tenants. See landlord/tenant section below.)

This law makes unenforceable any provision in HOA governing documents that effectively prohibit or unreasonably restricts an owner’s ability to use a clothesline or drying rack in the owner’s backyard. It does allow the HOA to establish reasonable rules and restrictions governing clotheslines or drying racks. This law only applies to backyards that are designated for the exclusive use of the owner. It defines “clothesline” and “drying rack” to exclude a balcony, railing, awning, or other parts of a structure or building. Assembly Bill 1448. Codified as Civil Code §§1940.20 and 4750.10. Effective date is January 1, 2016.