Tag: Violations

4
Feb

Not all information needs to be shared

Sebastian F. I live in a townhome in a community burdened with repairs that have lead to several special assessments. Although we have a lot going on in our community, neither our management company nor our board of directors share important community information with the homeowners. It seems that the community newsletter or the association website would be great places

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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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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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28
Mar

Can HOAs just lock out homeowners from the pool?

Dr. HOA, Last weekend, I tried to take my kids to our community pool, but our card readers did not work. I called our management company, and it told me that our card readers were turned off due to delinquent dues and fines for breaking the rules. I am a few months behind on my dues, but I am working

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18
Jan

Can an HOA stop me from making ‘improvements’?

Dr. HOA, I live in a homeowners association that was created in the late 1980s. For years, the association landscape areas were meticulously maintained. But for the past five years, the slope behind my home has not been maintained properly. Fed up with dying trees, dead bushes and overgrown groundcover, I hired a landscaper to remove the dead trees, trim

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23
Nov

Can my HOA interfere with my satellite?

Dr. HOA, I recently had a satellite dish installed at my condominium, and I received a letter from the HOA stating that it was installed illegally and it must be removed. I thought there were federal laws that protected my rights to install a satellite dish on my property. There are other satellite dishes in the community. Can they single

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12
Oct

How HOAs handle disciplinary action

Dr. HOA, I recently received a letter from my association’s management company that they are fining me $50 for adding a new light to the front of my home without their approval, and the letter states that the fines will continue to increase until the issue is resolved. Is it legal for the management company to fine homeowners and, if

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2
Sep

How far can a homeowners association go

Dr. HOA, We lease our property and have tenants that moved in a few years ago with a husband, wife and kids. At some point, the wife and kids moved out and another man moved in. When the lease was up, we renewed the lease to the two men. A few months ago, we received a letter from the HOA

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1
Sep

When you might need HOA permission

Dr. HOA, A few weeks ago, I planted some grass and a few small trees in my front yard. Now, I’ve received a violation notice from my HOA for not submitting an architectural application prior to installing new grass and a few small trees in my front yard. I thought an architectural application was only required if I was doing

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