"Effective January 1, 2017, new Civ. Code §4775(a)(3) now requires, unless the Homeowners Association’s CC&Rs state otherwise, that Owners be responsible for maintaining their exclusive use areas (decks, balconies, patios, etc.) but that the HOA be responsible for repairing and replacing those areas. As the distinction between maintaining and repairing and replacing can be blurry, HOAs may now need to more clearly define Owner maintenance duties, and to create or update helpful maintenance charts with distinctly defined duties.
Effective January 1, 2017, HOAs must give specified notice to affected owners and tenants before applying any pesticide to the common area or to a dwelling unit (CC §4777).
Effective January 1, 2017, new Civ. Code §4041 requires HOAs to ask Owners to provide the following information: 1. The mailing address where notices from the HOA are to be delivered; 2. Any secondary address where notices from the HOA are to be delivered; 3. The name and address of each Owner’s legal representative, if any, or other person who can be contacted in case of the Owner’s extended absence; and 4. Whether the Owner’s unit is owner-occupied, rented or vacant. Each Owner is responsible for providing this information to the HOA on an annual basis; if an Owner fails to do so, the Owner’s unit address is deemed to be the proper mailing address for HOA notices.
Effective January 1, 2017, HOAs must allow a wide range of political activities in common areas without charging a fee or requiring insurance (Civ. Code §4515; more within)."