Tag: CC&R

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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2
Feb

Most HOAs have right to own parking policies

Dr. HOA, We recently rented a condominium and had both of our vehicles towed our first weekend living in the community. While moving in, our garage was full of boxes, so we parked one of our cars in front of our garage for the night and the other in a visitor parking spot near our unit. When we woke up

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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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5
Jan

Can association say “bah humbug” to my decor?

Dr. HOA, I installed Christmas lights and decorations, and I received a threatening violation letter stating that if I did not remove the lights and decorations from my balcony and front-yard area that I would be fined and the association would remove everything at my expense. Are they allowed to forbid me from putting up Christmas decorations and would they

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20
Sep

Board of directors must be professional, appropriate

Dr. HOA, I recently began attending my association’s board meetings after learning of a proposed special assessment and rumors that the current board of directors never agrees on anything. After attending the first meeting, I realized that it was worse than I thought. Not only do the board members constantly disagree, they argue and name-call. Our most recent board meeting

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20
Sep

Earthquake insurance not always a solid buy for HOAs

Dr. HOA, I live in a townhome with a homeowners association. I recently purchased earthquake insurance for my home, but I was told I could only purchase earthquake insurance for the contents inside of my home, not the building itself. How can I make sure the building is insured in case of an earthquake? If I am unable to purchase

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20
Sep

Can a builder hold majority on a homeowners association?

Dr. HOA, We recently moved into a new community, and I would like to join the board of directors. The current board is made up of builder representatives, not homeowners. Is it legal for the builder to control the board? They don’t even live in the community, and I thought it was a “homeowners association.” I am concerned that they

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20
Sep

When it’s time to start wondering about your home

Dr. HOA, I recently moved into a new condominium community. A few days ago, I received a letter in the mail from a law firm stating that they are investigating my community, and my building in particular, for a possible construction-defect lawsuit. They provided a list of items to look for, including yard-drainage deficiencies, stucco cracks, wood deterioration and poor

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20
Sep

Incompetent managers and due hikes without a vote

Dr. HOA, I began attending my association’s board meetings earlier this year after learning that our dues were going up 20 percent. I am shocked and outraged by the incompetency of our manager, as well as the president of the board, neither of whom bothered to attend the last board meeting following the dues increase. When I asked the reason

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20
Sep

No pools or parks, so why do I really need an HOA?

Dr. HOA, I live in a homeowners association, but we don’t have a clubhouse, pool or park like other homeowners associations. Why would we be in an HOA, and is it even legal, if we don’t have any amenities? Who decides whether a community is part of a homeowners association, and what are the benefits if we don’t have any

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