Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Details Of Homeowners Assn Rules

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

It is a common misconception that HOAs can prohibit or eliminate the placement of satellite dish....they can not   http://www.ccfj.net/FCClaw.htm

Many states are now outlawing HOA's refusal to allow owners to rent their units.  CA has passed a law that goes into effect Jan 1 and more states are following their lead.

Original content by Gary Woltal 0575737

RulesFor first time homebuyers and also move up buyers into more expensive homes or planned communities

You Need To Pay Attention To The Details Of Homeowners Association Rules.

A REALTOR can arrange the paperwork to get these covenants and restrictions in your hand prior to finalizing your purchase. The details are important cause you need to know the annual fee which may be $150 per year to $3,000 per year and beyond. In some cases just to water flowers at the entry. What is prohibited? Ham radio antennas, mobile homes, pick up trucks in the driveway, specifying the length of your grass, types of shingles, placement of a satellite dish antenna, size house minimum and maximum for neighborhood, and the architectural review board information in case you want to add an eight foot fence.

 

Many states have teeth in HOA power where violations or not paying your dues they can take away your house. Scary stuff. Pay attention or the details of the rules of the game with HOA's will kill you !!!

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Rainer
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EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

Either the HOA's here don't know about that FCC law, or they ignore it, or it doesn't apply to them. Whatever the case, they certainly do determine whether one is allowed and, if so, where it is to be placed.

Sep 26, 2011 04:23 PM #1
Rainer
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Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
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I once had a client approach us to find them a tenant in a condo that they had JUST closed on.  Having never represented a property at that location before, I didn't know of the HOA's restrictions on the number of rental units that they would allow at one time AND that they were already at their limit.

Thus, the HOA would not allow my clients to rent out the condo even though they had purchased it as an investment property.  Seems that the buyer's agent had some explaining to do in that instance!

Sep 26, 2011 05:11 PM #2
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace - The condo doc's prohibit dogs weighing more than 35 pounds and yet there are 100 pound dogs walking around.  Where are the condo cops?

Sep 26, 2011 11:28 PM #3
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

Again - the fair housing and disability rules TRUMP (sorry, Donald) these limitations.  I have NEVER understood these as smaller dogs are yappier!

Sep 27, 2011 12:43 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Wallace, 

Knowing the HOA rules when one is buying or leasing is critical to understand what you are signing up for in advance. 

I did share at our NARPM conference that California was removing that HOA restriction and the folks referred to it at the People's Republic of California.  Will be curious to see if that gains traction elsewhere.

Just leased out a home where we are the first rental in an HOA.  They allow up to three.  Got a follow up call from another neighbor who is interested in leasing out as can't sell..... 

All the best, Michelle

Sep 27, 2011 02:08 AM #5
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Michelle * these a private property rights which I do not think HOAs or developers can PREassign away to subsequent purchasers.  It needs to be challenged and OFTEN

Sep 27, 2011 02:10 AM #6
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Good points Wallace,

All parties need to be aware of the HOA rules before closing, after can be too late.  And, HOA's are not omnipotent - fight the ridiculous!

Sep 27, 2011 02:35 AM #7
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