The purpose of a community governing body is to maintain certain areas, such as neighborhood pools or the main roads throughout the development. In many Florida neighborhoods, the homeowners’ association has the right to make certain decisions about projects such as road improvement and maintenance. In one community, the efforts to fix problems with the roads has led to high costs and disputes between homeowners and the HOA.
Paved or gravel road?
Every neighborhood is different, and the rights and responsibilities of the HOA will differ as well. In this case, some residents support the improvement project while others strongly oppose the cost. One primary point of contention is the $5,000 flat fee that must be paid in full. Homeowners are responsible for a share of the cost regardless of where they live in the neighborhood or how much they use that road.
Some believe the issue lies with newcomers to the community who may have voted on the project. The proposal passed by just one vote. Right now, the road is gravel, but the current plan is to pave it. Longtime owners have spoken out against the paved road, saying that gravel discourages nonresidents from driving around the neighborhood.
What can a Florida HOA do?
A Florida homeowner may also be in a dispute with his or her HOA over issues such as fines, violations or financial decisions made by the governing body. At this point, it would be prudent to speak with an attorney regarding possible legal options. There are times when it is appropriate to fight back against unfair actions or unwise decisions made by an HOA.