Tag: Rentals

Vacation Rentals Didn’t Violate Ban on Commercial Use of Units

Facts: Homeowners sought to invalidate a covenant adopted by their community association prohibiting the rental of their homes for less than 30 days. A trial court ruled in favor of the homeowners without a trial.

Generating Income with Storage Space Rentals

At some point, you may have considered providing storage rooms or lockers for members. It can work in your favor in two ways because it gives members a great amenity, especially those who are living in smaller units, while providing an opportunity to generate income for the association—if you charge a fee. Using common space storage to generate income also shows members that the association is being proactive in investigating any and all means to generate income without having to unnecessarily raise common charges or impose assessments on its members.

Rental Fee Resolutions Required Owner Vote

Facts: A luxury recreational vehicle (RV) park association allowed the owners of lots in the park to rent them to non-owners. To regulate lot renting, the association's board of directors enacted three resolutions that imposed requirements for owners to meet before renting their lots, such as identification requirements and ensuring available liability insurance. The resolutions also imposed rental fees to be paid by owners and penalties for nonpayment of the fees.

Condo Association and Member Sued Over No-Kid Rental Ad

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Members at a Florida condominium community violated federal housing law by refusing to rent units to tenants with children, according to a lawsuit filed by Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches.

The nonprofit group sued the association, the former president of the association, and a member. The member had placed an ad on craigslist offering her two-bedroom unit for rent. “Sorry no kids,” the ad read.

Arbitration Required for Rental Restriction Dispute

Facts: An Ohio condominium association adopted an amendment to its governing documents that reduced the number of rental units allowed in the community. A group of owners filed for a court declaration, alleging that the amendment was invalid because it affected the fundamental purpose of the owner's unit. They argued that according to the governing documents, 100 percent of the members had to approve it rather than the 75 percent who did, because the amendment affected a fundamental purpose of a condominium unit.

Bylaw Amendment Restricting Rentals Is Enforceable

Facts: A condominium association's declaration that established the association contained no restriction regarding rental of the units. Many years later, the association amended the bylaws to prohibit rentals of condominium units. One of the owners leased her condominium unit over the association's objection, claiming that the rental prohibition was ineffective because it had not been added to the association declaration. The association then filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare that the bylaw amendment was enforceable.

Rental Restriction Did Not Violate FHA

Facts: A member had lived in her community until she had to move into a nursing home after her husband's death. To qualify for Medicaid and to finance her care, she rented out her home, in violation of her community's restriction against renting. The member died and the association sued her estate, arguing that the rental ban was needed to protect property values within the community.