Tag: CC&R

8
Dec

HOAs must maintain common areas

J. Russo: I received a violation letter from my HOA for installing holiday decorations at my townhome. Now they are telling me if I don’t take down the decorations they are going to fine me and have them removed. Can an HOA keep homeowners from installing holiday decorations and do they have the right to remove them from my property?

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24
Nov

Rules should be uniformly enforced

I received a violation letter and a $50 fine from my association for parking my jet ski trailer in my driveway. The violation letter states that the trailer is not an “approved vehicle” and could not be “stored” in my driveway. This violation and fine is the first I am hearing of this rule. I also have reviewed our association

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1
Oct

Can homeowners associations stop noisy retailers?

I live in a community adjacent to a small commercial center with several retailers, including a dry cleaner and several restaurants. The dry cleaner is a fairly new tenant and the noise of the machines creates a nuisance during daytime hours. One of the restaurants has a bar that is open really late on the weekends, creating a nuisance at

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4
Sep

Better to submit to review process

I recently moved into a new community and I am in the process of working with landscape architects to redo my front yard.  Our association has a review and approval process before we can make any changes to our property, but the application is long, complicated and requires that I get my neighbor to approve the design first.  My neighbor

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27
Aug

Tips to increase your HOA value

There is obviously very little I can do about the recession and depreciating home values, but are there things that I could be doing, or our neighborhood can do to increase the value or appeal of our community? How can we set ourselves apart from all of the other communities through the valley? David B. Home values are on everyone’s

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20
Jun

My HOA needs some help with its pool security

DR. HOA, On Memorial Day weekend, there was an incident at our community’s pool: Two adult men who were blatantly intoxicated got into a fist fight, and the police had to be called to break it up. Our association’s answer was to hire full-time security to harass residents who use the pool by checking identification to make sure we live

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6
Jun

A Question of HOA Legitimacy

Dr. HOA, I am trying to find out what the law requires for an HOA to be legitimate. I live in a very small community where the HOA does practically nothing, but demands $85 per month. We are having a lot of vandalism issues, and they do nothing to help fix the problem. I don’t even think this HOA is

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24
May

A few tips for how to look at a prospective HOA

DR. HOA, I am in the market to purchase my first condominium, and I am nervous after hearing horror stories of associations not maintaining buildings and outrageous special assessments. What should I be looking for to ensure that I make a good investment? —Amy H. Hello Amy, I applaud your due diligence prior to purchasing in a condominium association. All

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26
Apr

Dealing with maintenance issues in HOAs

Dr. HOA, I live in a townhome community, and for the past eight years, my HOA has failed to maintain the exterior of the units. As a result, many owners units have become damaged by dry rot. Recently, due to financial issues, the HOA changed the rules making all dry rot repair to the exterior of the buildings a homeowner’s

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11
Apr

Negotiating association rental restrictions

Dr. HOA, I have lived in my townhome for nearly six years, and the association board is trying to implement new CC&Rs that will not allow us to rent our units. My fiancé and I are looking to move into a house to start a family, but with the state of the current real estate market, it does not make

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