SECTION 1. Chapter 40 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 21E the following section:-
(a) As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:
"Legal instrument", a municipal ordinance, bylaw or regulation; a rule, bylaw or regulation of an association of property owners; a deed restriction, restrictive covenant, contract or similar binding agreements.
"Solar clothes-drying device", a clothesline, drying rack or other equipment used for solar drying of clothing.
(b) In a city or town which accepts this section, no legal instrument shall unreasonably prohibit the installation or use of solar clothes-drying devices on residential property, except as necessary to protect public health and safety.
(c) This section shall not apply to condominium common areas and facilities as defined in section 1 of chapter 183a.
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