Community Associations are organizations made up of all owners of either houses or units in the development. They collect fees from owners to maintain the common areas like parks or pools and enforce the associations’ rules and regulations. Some associations can be stricter than others, so it’s important to understand homeowners and condo association laws.
When you purchase your new home or condo you are automatically signed up to be part of the association. With the paperwork you sign at the closing, you will be required to sign the community association’s CC&Rs. Read the fine print! Even though these rules and regulations are non-negotiable, it’s important to understand what you’re signing, as it will impact your homeownership and lifestyle.
What Homeowners and Condo Association Laws usually cover:
• Responsibilities of the board
• Election process
• Requirements & restrictions on homeowners
• Assessment fees
Once you move in it’s important to read all notices, make on-time association payments and follow the regulations outlined in the CC&R. Many homeowners will get involved with their association, attend meetings and become part of the decision-making process so they better understand their homeowners and condo association laws.
Resolving a Problem
If there is a dispute about something you are doing, whether it’s painting your house or building an addition, know your rights. Read over the CC&Rs to make sure you understand the regulations.
If you feel you’re within your rights, write a letter to the association board stating your case and a positive and fair solution. There are also government agencies, such as the National Association for Community Associations Practices and Standards Institute who can help guide you through these types of disputes.
For more information about homeowners and condo association laws, LawyersBooks.com has several resources, including Homeowners Association & You.