The association’s Declaration and/or Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R) are put into place for the benefit of the majority of the residents and should be respected as such. Below are some of the most frequent violations that take place in Community Associations.
1. Setting out garbage cans too early and not bringing them in on time. Also, storing the garbage cans or recycle bins in plain view from the front of the property is usually not permitted. We all know the neighbor who comes home from work and walks past the empty garbage cans and there they sit for the next 2 days!
2. Boat and recreational vehicles are usually not allowed to be parked in the front of the home or in the driveway.
3. Proper and accepted landscape maintenance is required. You can usually tell right away when a homeowner is not maintaining their landscaping.
4. Improper vehicles being parked or stored at a home, such as, abandoned and unregistered vehicles. Also, a commercial vehicle being parked in a residential community is typically not allowed as well.
5. Illegal accumulation of abandoned property and debris on the property is usually a clear violation. We have all seen the neighbor that never puts anything away or stores it on the side of the house for a year and it just kind of grows and accumulates in size over time!
6. Homeowners who plan on making improvements to their homes or properties are typically required to file an Architectural Modification Form for review by the associations Board of Directors or the responsible committee for approval.
7. Signage is usually prohibited. This happens in every neighborhood, but usually regardless of whether it is a sign on a window or small lawn sign, they are prohibited or strictly regulated.
These type of Rules and Regulations are important for successful Community Association living. These types of rules are what allow a community to maintain its aesthetics and by doing so helps to improve the property values. A well planned enforcement policy will ensure that all homeowners comply with the associations restrictions. In order for your enforcement policy to be successful, it must be followed consistently.
Marc Rodriguez, LCAM, CMCA
Director of Management Services
Association Services of Florida