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Webinar: Current Developments in Community Association Law

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May 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

1 Hour MCLE

Rental restrictions. New Civ. Code 4741 prohibits enforcement, or adoption of rule or CC&R provision which restricts rental to less than 25 percent of the units. Further, some prohibitions on short-term rentals may also be ineffective. We will discuss the statute and highlight some unanswered questions raised by the new law.

ADU/JADU. New law severely limits the right of associations (and municipalities) to block construction of “accessory dwelling units” and “junior accessory dwelling units.” The presentation will highlight the definitions in question, and how this prohibition affects restrictions on rentals.

Elections issues. Recent legislation relating to director candidate qualifications, access to ballots and election record retention will be discussed.
Architecture Review:

  1. The role of CC&Rs, Bylaws & Architectural Guidelines
  2. The process
  3. Civil Code Section 4765
  4. Tips to increase the likelihood of approval 

Noise Issues:

  1. The role of CC&Rs, Bylaws & Architectural Guidelines
  2. Measuring noise levels – acoustical engineer 
  3. Responsibility of the Associations
  4. Noise mitigation measures

Requests for Documents:

  1. Civil Code Sections 5200-5240 & Corporations Code Section 8333
  2. Corporations Code 8334
  3. Litigation – Civil Discovery

Speakers: Mary Howell and Barry Ross.


Mary Howell graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1972 with a B.A. in biology. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. In practice in San Diego since December of that year. As a former shareholder of Epsten, APC, Mary’s practice has been limited to the representation of community associations. Clients included associations in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties. In addition to counseling associations on corporate governance and interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, Mary’s case work on behalf of associations encompassed litigation of CC&R enforcement cases, appellate representation, defense of common interest developments
(e.g., breach of fiduciary obligation, wrongful termination, failure to maintain) and actions for declaratory relief.

A long-time champion of senior housing, Mary is well-known for her advocacy of seniors and her work on behalf of senior communities in California. As a respected authority on the topic, she has authored texts for attorneys on the federal and California laws that relate to age restricted communities and has been lauded for her work by numerous civic organizations and state and local governments.

Mary has also been an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and has
authored numerous articles and handbooks for homeowner associations, including Small Claims Court for Homeowner Associations, and the Resource Manual for California Senior Communities. Mary has served as a judge pro-tem for San Diego County courts, and has appeared in various cases as an expert witness on community association issues. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the State Bar’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection.

From 1994 to present, Mary has served as an instructor for the California State Bar’s Continuing Education of the Bar classes on community associations and the Davis-Stirling Act. She is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and a frequent lecturer at CAI’s national Community Association Law Seminar, as well as CACM’s annual legal Symposium. Mary is a member of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). She serves on CAI’s amicus team, and CACM’s
legislative committee. She recently co-authored the updated CEB text on Advising California Common Interest Developments, published in 2013. In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript named Mary as a Top Attorney in the Real Estate & Construction Transactional practice category.

Barry Ross has completed over 100 jury and non-jury trials and over 50 mediations and arbitrations. He has completed 15 appeals to the Court of Appeals, including seven published decisions.

During his prestigious career, Mr. Ross has served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Hawthorne, California, and the City of Long Beach, California. He has been in private practice in Orange County since 1986. He is also a respected teacher and lecturer. He has been the guest speaker several times at the Orange County City Attorneys Association and the Orange County Bar Association, Real Estate Section. Mr. Ross’ February 2012 presentation before the Real Estate Section is entitled “Representing Property Owners in Disputes with Homeowners Associations.”

Mr. Ross has served as a Director of the Woodbridge Village Association in Irvine, CA, a homeowners association comprising ten thousand homes, thirty thousand adult residents and a $9 million annual budget. He has served as a Board member for 15 years. He has served as president for five years.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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