More and more condominium communities organize with the help of an owners’ association. Made up of a governing board and members, these groups typically function for the benefit of their communities.
The state allows the creation of condominium owners’ associations and grants them certain rights.
According to state law, condominium owners’ associations have the right to create and implement bylaws. Such regulations may, for example, address matters such as how units should look, the maintenance of individual units and shared areas, and the budget for the operation of the association and provision of amenities to unit owners. Condo owners’ associations may also establish policies for handling violations of the community rules and regulations.
Sometimes condo associations provide shared elements to unit owners. For example, this may include a community swimming pool or fitness area. The community often shares in the cost of building and maintaining such amenities through assessments paid to the condo owners’ association. State law grants the association the right to implement such fees, as well as to take appropriate measures to collect them.
Circumstances exist in which the condo owners’ association may enter the premises. They can do so if conditions pose an immediate threat of damage or harm to the occupants, common elements or other units.
Understanding the rights afforded to them under the law may help condominium owners’ associations operate to benefit the residents in the community and avoid disputes that could threaten their abilities to do so. Therefore, they may find it helpful to consult with an attorney to understand their responsibilities and abilities.