Moving into a neighborhood with a governing body that oversees certain functions of the community comes with certain expectations and requirements. An HOA can require the homeowner to do certain things and avoid others, typically things that affect the appearance of the home. Before signing a contract, it is beneficial for Florida homeowners to know what their HOA can regulate.
Typical HOA matters
HOAs are organizations tasked with the upkeep of common areas, maintaining property values and caring for the overall appearance of the neighborhood. This means there could be some restrictions placed on what a homeowner can do with his or her property. Some things an HOA could regulate include:
- Exterior paint colors
- Shingles and siding colors
- Toolsheds and outdoor structures
- Basketball hoops or swing sets
An HOA may also have the authority to regulate whether an owner can run a business from his or her him, have a pet or manage the age of the people who live in the community. The specific regulations will differ depending on the type of a community.
The rights of a homeowner
A homeowner does not have to accept a violation of his or her property rights or personal rights by an HOA that is overstepping its bounds. If a Florida homeowner believes this is happening to him or her, it is reasonable to seek an understanding of legal options available. It may be necessary to pursue legal action in order to resolve the situation and prevent an HOA from encroaching on an owner’s rights or levying unfair penalties.