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What can the HOA control regarding my condo's common property?

You found your dream condo, and you understand that the property falls under the regulations of the California Home Owner’s Association (HOA). Before you purchase the property, you want to ensure you understand all elements that your HOA will enforce and control regarding your purchased condo.

Under California law, the HOA works to uphold values and ensure that condominiums and apartments’ common spaces prove clean and tidy. The HOA wants to make sure that all residents respect the spaces and that the outward look of each home coincides with ordinances set in place by the HOA. Failure to comply with HOA regulations of your building may force you into legal trouble, and you may face violation lawsuits.

HOA provisions on your common area property

California HOA can regulate various elements of your property. Most often, common areas see the most regulatory conditions. Common areas include:

  • Walkways
  • Lawns
  • Landscaping
  • Fences
  • Driveways
  • Windows
  • Patio

The HOA generally holds true the following regulations.

  • No tree climbing
  • No unattended children allowed in common areas under the age of 8
  • Homeowners pay for all caused damages
  • No articles of clothing hung on fences or windows
  • No climbing on fences
  • Maintain all driveways
  • Maintain patio areas
  • No owner may repair or paint homes
  • No throwing trash away in common spaces

Claims against homeowners

If the HOA accuses you of violating any of the regulations listed in your condo agreement, the HOA will file a violation notice with you. The violation will cost no money but will outline the present issue. Should you ignore the violation notice, the HOA has the ability to fine you up to $150 for repeat offenses.

Ensure that you understand all HOA requirements in your new home before purchasing. HOA rules may prove strict on your property, and the opportunity to personalize your home's outward appearance may not exist at your potential condominiums. If you receive notices or wish to dispute an HOA claim, it is essential that you contact an attorney that can aid in representing you in California court.

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