Question: I live in a homeowners’ association. I recently received a letter stating that a decorative holiday flag in my front yard is in violation of the association’s rules and regulations. I am confused because several of my neighbors have similar decorations in their gardens. I sent the community association manager an e-mail asking to… Continue Reading
Question: Our association tried to fine an owner who violated our rules, but decided the process was too complicated. Can you provide a step-by-step outline of how fines are issued and collected? (M.G. by e-mail) Answer: Fines can be imposed against condominium and cooperative unit owners, occupants, licensees and invitees. The law for homeowners’ associations… Continue Reading
Question: I was recently elected to the board of directors for my homeowners association. One of the issues that led me to run was better enforcement of the restrictions in our governing documents. One of the homes in our community installed landscaping which violates our regulations. I have learned that the board was aware of… Continue Reading
Question: I live in a homeowners’ association and the declaration of covenants provides that trash cans may not be put at the curb until 7PM the night before trash pickup. I am new to the community and was not aware of this provision and put my trash cans out at 5PM. About a week later… Continue Reading
Almost every association has been through it. A deadbeat unit owner has stopped paying their mortgage and the lender brings a foreclosure action against them to enforce the note and mortgage.
The best way to get members to comply with the governing documents of an Association is to have a clear cut policy for enforcement. The policy will permit proper follow through and will serve to deter future violations.