HOAs & Landlords Required to Permit Clotheslines — California is now a ‘Right to Dry’ State

By Jennifer Felten

The environmental movement has won another battle in California; they’ve brought clotheslines back in an attempt to save energy. As such, California is now a “right to dry” state.

The new law, which went into effect January 1st of this year, voids provisions in HOA governing documents that effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict an owner’s ability to use a clothesline or drying rack in the owner’s backyard. The HOA can establish reasonable rules and restrictions governing clotheslines or drying racks. The law applies only to backyards that are designated for exclusive use of the owner. In the law, “clotheslines” and “drying racks” are specifically defined to exclude balcony, railing, awning, or other parts of a structure or building.

Similar restrictions are also put on landlords under the law who must also permit a tenant to utilize a clothesline or drying rack approved by the landlord in the tenant’s private area (in or outdoor). The clothesline or drying rack cannot interfere with the maintenance of the rental property nor can they create a health or safety hazard, cannot block doorways, or interfere with walkways or utility service equipment. Further, the clotheslines cannot be affixed to the building without the landlord’s consent and the landlord can impose reasonable time and location restrictions.

Like with HOAs, a balcony, railing, awning, or other part of a structure or building does not qualify as either a clothesline or a drying rack.



Jennifer Felten

Jennifer Felten

Jennifer Felten, Esq., Relaw Ms. Felten specializes in representing both individuals and legal entities, providing representation and guidance on a variety of real estate related matters.  Relaw APC 699 Hampshire Road, Suite 105 Westlake VillageCA  91361 US Phone: (805) 265-1031 or email her at: jennifer@relawapc.com





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