Community Association Rules

Violations, Enforcement, Use Restrictions

Enforcement Overexuberance: Help Your Association Clients Avoid Blowback

Associations are making headlines across the country — and not in a good way. Stories about the overly aggressive pursuit of fines, fees, and foreclosures are going viral on a regular basis. This enforcement overexuberance has many implications for community associations. In July 2022, the Washington Post reported that a Texas couple put their house…

The Risks of Enforcement Overexuberance at Your Community Association

Associations are making headlines across the country — and not in a good way. Stories about the overly aggressive pursuit of fines, fees, and foreclosures are going viral on a regular basis. “You want responsible patrolling to maintain property values,” says Alan Garfinkel, founding partner of Garfinkel Law, a full-service community association law firm in…

Are Your Community Association Rules a Ticking Time Bomb?

Times change, but often community association rules don’t. If your rules get out of date, they could become a ticking time bomb representing unnecessary risk that could blow up at any moment into a costly lawsuit or dispute. “Rules should be reviewed on a regular basis, and, in my experience, they aren’t,” says Alan Garfinkel,…

Court Invalidates Association’s Solar Panel Ban

As interest in renewable energy grows, the proper approach to owners’ desire to install solar panels is still unsettled in many community associations. “It’s not something to put your head in the sand about,” says Harmony Taylor, a community association attorney with the North Carolina firm Black Slaughter Black, PA. In one recent case with…

How and Why Your Association Clients Should Regularly Review Their Rules

Times change, but often association rules don’t. Here’s why and how your clients should conduct regular reviews of their rules. The Need for Review “Rules should be reviewed on a regular basis, and, in my experience, they aren’t,” says Alan Garfinkel, founding partner of Garfinkel Law, a full-service community association law firm in Florida. Regular…

What Can Your Association Do When Owners Build Structures That Violate Covenants?

When owners go ahead with new construction that’s prohibited by restrictive covenants, it can leave association boards at a loss. Often, they’re skeptical that a court will go as far as to order the destruction of an offending structure. But a recent case out of Michigan proves otherwise, and our experts say it’s happening in…

Court OKs Demolition of Construction That Violated Covenants

When owners go ahead with new construction that’s prohibited by restrictive covenants, boards can be at a loss. Often, they’re skeptical that a court will order the destruction of an offending structure. A recent case out of Michigan proves otherwise (Sgriccia v. Walsh). Deconstructing the Case “Lately, there seemingly is a whole undercurrent of people…

Corporate Buyers: Coming Soon to a Community Association Near You?

Corporate investors are snatching up homes in community associations across the country and renting them out. Not surprisingly, “regular” homeowners in these communities aren’t too happy with the results. “If a board thinks this will never happen because of the price points of their homes or whatever, they’re gravely mistaken,” says Scott Weiss, of counsel…

Amendments Can Be Invalidated if Co-Owner Spouses Don’t Both Approve

A court case that sprang from a dispute over an owner’s chickens could upend the amendment process — as well as potentially invalidate existing amendments — in North Carolina and possibly elsewhere. (Bryan v. Kittinger) “The court’s reasoning was kind of out of left field and caught everyone by surprise,” says David Wilson, an attorney…

Here Come the Corporate Buyers: How to Prepare Your Clients Now, Part 2

Corporate investors increasingly are invading community associations, buying up homes and renting them out. In the first part of this two-part article, we talked to some of our experts about how this is playing out on the ground and the impact on associations. In the second part, we’ll discuss how you can help your clients…