Law and Legislation
Alameda County Courthouse (1875)
Homeowner associations ["common interest development" or CID is the term used in
As currently structured, California law concentrates decision-making power, rulemaking authority, and control over association resources -- money and assets -- in the association board. State law assigns homeowners only a minimal role in the political structure of the association.
However, changes to state law -- creating limited consumer protection for homeowners -- have been occurring slowly over the past decade for several reasons.
§ Since 1997, the number of
§ Homeowner consumer complaints have illuminated for legislators some of the defects of existing state laws governing associations, whether incorporated or not. For example:
§ More complaints are reaching the ears of legislators in
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