Complying with Association Regulations

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When you bought a home in your community, you should have received copies of all your governing documents for your Association, including the rules and regulations, prior to or at closing. Sometimes these documents get lost among all the other papers you received at closing. Additionally, many homebuyers are so involved with moving into their new homes that they do not take the time to read all the fine print.
As a homeowner, you have a right to these documents, and we have provided a free copy electronically on our homeowner portals.  Of course, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide the association with your current address, phone number, and email address (our online portals require a valid email address to access them).  This enables associations to meet their obligation to provide all owners with information from the association. This is especially important for our nonresident owners, as we will be mailing and emailing out information for our owners.
It is very important to have copies of the association’s governing documents because you and your tenants (if you are renting out your property) will be expected to know and comply with all rules and regulations of the Association. You will also want to stay informed by reading all Association related materials provided by the association which could include dates of meetings, policy changes, etc.
The association’s governing documents discuss the bylaws and the covenants, conditions, and restrictions for the association. It is the Association’s management company’s responsibility to make these governing documents as understandable as possible. If there is anything you do not understand, please let us know. We will be glad to clarify any confusing language or give you other materials that answer your questions. You can put these inquiries in writing through your homeowner portal found online.  Owners should know the appropriate insurance to acquire as many associations only cover for the exterior maintenance and common area for example. Another common example is that owners should know pet policies governing their community association to avoid difficult conversations with the owners or their tenants for violations of the pet policy.
That old expression, “ignorance of the law is no excuse” is not quite applicable, but it is close as Associations have the right to enforce rules and regulations in their communities.
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