(a) The Legislature finds that there are common interest
developments that have been created with deed restrictions which do
not provide a means for the property owners to extend the term of the
declaration. The Legislature further finds that covenants and
restrictions, contained in the declaration, are an appropriate method
for protecting the common plan of developments and to provide for a
mechanism for financial support for the upkeep of common areas
including, but not limited to, roofs, roads, heating systems, and
recreational facilities. If declarations terminate prematurely,
common interest developments may deteriorate and the housing supply
of affordable units could be impacted adversely.
The Legislature further finds and declares that it is in the
public interest to provide a vehicle for extending the term of the
declaration if owners having more than 50 percent of the votes in
the association choose to do so.
(b) A declaration which specifies a termination date, but which
contains no provision for extension of the termination date, may be
extended by the approval of owners having more than 50 percent of the
votes in the association or any greater percentage specified in the
declaration for an amendment thereto. If the approval of owners
having more than 50 percent of the votes in the association is
required to amend the declaration, the term of the declaration may be
extended in accordance with Section 1356.
(c) Any amendment to a declaration made in accordance with
subdivision (b) shall become effective upon recordation in
accordance with Section 1355.
(d) No single extension of the terms of the declaration made
pursuant to this section shall exceed the initial term of the
declaration or 20 years, whichever is less. However, more than one
extension may occur pursuant to this section.