If you live in a private or gated community in Florida, chances are your property is under a Homeowner Association (HOA). This entity maintains the infrastructure around your house, making sure that you live in a safe and comfortable environment. Here are some of the laws and other details you need to understand about the Homeowner Association.
Florida Homeowner Association
After the real estate developer in a private or gated community completes their tasks of building houses, they will appoint the Homeowner Association board of directors to take care of the property. However, after selling 90% of the lots, the homeowners themselves will choose their own board of directors by a vote. The people they choose will produce governing documents with rules that all homeowners must follow.
Common Homeowner Association Rules and Regulations
• Restrictions on the number or size of pets you can have. The board of directors can set up this rule with the aim to reduce instances of dog bites within a community, especially if you live too close together.
• Rules regarding parking along the streets at night. Some communities can restrict overnight long-term parking along the streets for safety reasons. The same also applies to fences, primarily on how high or what material they should be made of.
• Some communities also dictate playground or sports equipment allowed in the community. For instance, swing sets can be prohibited for aesthetic purposes or if the Homeowner Associations also takes care of your lawns.
Homeowner Association requires you to pay fees that they use to maintain structures and other amenities in the community. Failing to abide by the rules or pay fees can result in an eviction or heavy fines.
Before you agree to buy or rent a home in Florida, you should ask about the Homeowner Association’s rules to see if they are comfortable enough for your stay. The law requires you to follow all the rules after signing the covenants, conditions, and restriction documents (CC&Rs).