Important Legal News for Santa Monica Condominium Owners

The City of Santa Monica has enacted ordinances, which limit smoking, including smoking marijuana, and the use of online marketplace and hospitality services for people to lease or rent short-term lodging, such as Airbnb and VRBP.  The Santa Monica ordinances apply to all Santa Monica condominiums.  Why should our HOA update it’s Operating Rules (“House Rules”) and CC&Rs to address these issues?

If a resident violates a Santa Monica ordinance, it is possible to report the violation and request the City to enforce the ordinance.  Another remedy is available if the HOA includes similar provisions in its CC&Rs and House Rules.  This can provide additional HOA enforcement options, including fines, especially for repeat offenders.

When updating the HOA’s CC&Rs, the Board should review the current applicable City ordinances.  Next the Board should review the HOA options for its Master Management Documents to enhance HOA House Rules.

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