The two major laws or acts that govern Condominiums or CIDs in California are the Davis Stirling Act and the Corporations Code.
Davis Stirling Act
Common interest developments were first regulated in California in 1963 with the passage of the California Condominium Act. However, the laws affecting homeowners associations were scattered throughout the Corporations Code and the Civil Code and did not adequately address the unique issues posed by community associations.
Through the efforts of Assemblyman Lawrence W. Stirling and law professor Katherine Rosenberry, a comprehensive body of law governing common interest developments was drafted in 1985 and became known as the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. The Act went into effect January 1, 1986 as Civil Code §§1350-1378.
The Davis-Stirling Act applies to all common interest developments in California, including those in existence prior to the Act.
Corporations Code. The Davis-Stirling Act applies to all common interest developments in California. In addition, the Corporations Code applies to all incorporated associations.