By: Brittaney Bones, VF Law
Living in a planned community comes with a set of benefits, including access to community amenities, shared spaces, and often a sense of community belonging. However, it also comes with a set of rules and regulations that every owner and resident must adhere to. These rules are typically outlined in the community's governing documents, including the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations.
Unfortunately, not all residents follow these rules, which can lead to frustration and tension within the community. The community association’s Board of Directors is often granted the responsibility and authority to do all things necessary to carry out and enforce the terms and provisions of the governing documents. When an owner or resident is in violation of the community association’s rules, the Board of Directors may rely on a combination of enforcement tools in order to persuade the offending owner to abate the violation and deter future rule violations.
I. Demand Letters
The least severe enforcement tool available to an association is to send warning notices and demand letters to owners who are in violation. These letters can be sent directly from the Board of Directors, or by the Association’s manager or attorney.
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