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Droughts and Heat Waves

California homeowners have the right to remove turf amid drought

Question: My homeowner association board in our common interest development underestimates the severity of California's drought, and it fines and penalizes owners who comply with the state's water restrictions. We ripped out our water-guzzling lawn and a huge pine tree that sucked up hundreds of gallons of water and installed artificial green grass. We were immediately fined. Because we refuse to pay, the board has summoned us to a hearing. What do we do? Answer: A hearing for the purpose you describe is bogus. Your board may choose to ignore California's current crisis, but it cannot ignore the law. With the recent passage of Assembly Bill 349, the California...