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Common HOA violations homeowners should know

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Condominiums & Cooperatives, HOA Law |

A homeowners association (HOA) has various duties, such as helping protect property values and implement guidelines.

When you move to a new home, you must familiarize yourself with your HOA’s rules and regulations. Violating these guidelines may have steep consequences, even legal repercussions.

A quick look at common HOA violations

HOA members who do not fully understand HOA bylaws tend to commit violations. Some of the most common infractions include the following:

  • Landscaping violations – HOAs are responsible for how the neighborhood looks. Many HOAs will restrict the types of trees you can plant and specify the areas where you can place them.
  • Parking violations – Some homeowners associations may specify the number of vehicles you can park outside your property and limit the types of cars you can park.
  • Illegal rentals – Some HOAs require members to seek permission before renting or subletting their properties. You may have to wait because the association must consider different factors, such as insurance and security, before giving the green light.
  • Disruptive business activities – HOAs may impose restrictions on certain business operations that harm or disrupt the neighborhood. Specific business activities that the group can limit may include those that involve constant pickups and deliveries.

HOA guidelines vary depending on various factors, including state laws and regulations. To avoid issues, make sure to read your HOA documents thoroughly.

Review your HOA’s rules to avoid violations

Complying with HOA regulations is crucial to maintain good standing within your community. Following rules and helping keep the peace can be valuable, especially if you’ve recently moved.

You should review your HOA’s rules to prevent infractions and stay updated on new guidelines. These measures and connecting with your community partners can help avoid potential misunderstandings.