California residents who may have issues with their homeowners association should know that the HOA has to be in compliance with the law regardless of what the HOA board states. The HOA is prohibited by state and federal regulations from illegally restricting its homeowners.
For example, a homeowner association has to adhere to the Fair Housing Act and may not discriminate against homeowners. This means that the rules the HOA board creates and enforces cannot disadvantage anyone belonging to one of the groups specified in the Fair Housing Act. The HOA cannot prevent individuals from buying a home in the area because of the color of their skin or expel them because they may practice a certain religion.