The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, which governs homeowners associations in the state of California, is amended by Assembly Bill 1410. This legislation effectively forbids HOAs from forbidding homeowners or members from discussing problems they are having in the neighborhood on social media. The measure, however, extends the platform to all online resources, with the exception of the association’s website, and does not restrict it to social media.
The bill states that homeowners and members may discuss legislation, HOA elections, and association life online. Additionally, they are free to criticize the association. Any agreements that forbid such conversations on online forums are void and unenforceable.
Additionally, homeowners associations are forbidden from taking revenge on a member or resident for raising association-related issues on social media. The association must also refrain from taking action against those who peacefully assemble as a group.
The homeowners association will incur civil fines if this law is broken.
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