HOA Fines Homeowner for Drought-Resistant Landscape

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One San Francisco homeowner is battling one Homeowner Association over the issue of sod.

The resident installed a drought-resistant yard, according to CBS, but the HOA is arguing sod is a must.

Instead of artificial turf or grass, the homeowner installed a variety of mint that takes very little water and is green all year long.

However, the HOA says sod needs to be installed and is charging the homeowner a $50 a monthly penalty until the sod is installed.

The HOA says the new landscaping must include at least 25 percent sod. 

Some argue what the HOA is doing is illegal after California Gov. Jerry Brown passed a bill stating no HOA can penalize a homeowner for not watering or keeping up a lawn due to severe drought in the California area. 

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