Owner’s Claims Didn’t “Arise from” Speech Protected by Anti-SLAPP Statute

Facts: A homeowner in an association renovated his three-level unit in order to use the first level, a garage area, as living space. The garage had a “man door,” an entryway that allows access without opening the garage door. The renovation was permitted by the City of San Diego. The association sued the owner, challenging the renovation. A trial court ruled in favor of the association. It ordered the owner to undo the changes. The owner complied with the court’s order, and the city performed a final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy.

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