A couple in Agoura Hills, California, recently doubled down with their effort to conserve water and installed synthetic grass in an HOA community against synthetic turf installations. The HOA began fining the couple every day for as long as the synthetic turf remained on the property.
But the couple refused to pay the fines with the hope their Governor would acknowledge synthetic turf as a means of conserving water during the drought, just as he had with other drought-resistant landscapes.
The ease and attraction of synthetic grass is not growing on Morrison Ranch Estates’ HOA, which covers about 1,200 homes. The HOA is fining the Greensteins $50 for every day they have the artificial turf.
“You can’t put it in and then ask for forgiveness,” said Jan Gerstel, president of the HOA.
$50 per day is a pretty steep price to pay, but the couple refused to pay … and it all worked out in their favor.
“I refuse to pay. I just have to wait for Gov. Brown to sign off on artificial turf,” Greenstein said.
Gov. Brown signed that bill, which forbid HOAs from penalizing their community residents for installing synthetic turf and invited 4.8 million residents to take advantage of the benefits artificial turf offers..