If you are a new resident in a community with an HOA, one of the things you need to understand is the potential for receiving an HOA violation. These notices arrive any time you do something that is contrary to the HOA rules. However, you need to understand what they mean and how to deal with them. Here's a look at the basics of dealing with HOA violations so you can be prepared before that first one ever arrives.
Don't Take It Personally
When you get a notice of an HOA violation, it's easy to see it as a personal attack. After all, most of these violations are due to either not meeting landscaping requirements, doing something that's prohibited, or something similar. However, it's important to remember that these violations are not personal. They are nothing more than an attempt to reinforce the rules of the community, which keep the neighborhood safe and peaceful.
Remember also that most violation notices start as notifications that simply ask for corrective action. They are typically handled this way at first because most HOAs understand that accidents and oversights can happen, so they give you the chance to fix the problem before they actually penalize you.
Clarify The Violation
Sometimes, an HOA violation happens simply because you weren't aware of a rule or didn't fully understand it. Take time to talk with the association members about the notice if you don't understand exactly what it was that you did, or why it was an issue. This is essential because it helps ensure that you don't repeat the error later.
Appeal To The Board If Necessary
Sometimes, HOA violations happen because of extenuating circumstances. For example, if you are cited for having cars parked on the street, but it was a result of a medical emergency or death in the family, reach out to the HOA. They may be willing to make an exception and strike the violation from your record. Since subsequent violations result in financial penalties, this is an important step if you have such circumstances.
Understand Your Bylaws
One of the biggest things you need to do any time you receive an HOA violation is to re-visit the bylaws to make sure that you understand them. You can even request an updated copy if the one you have is several years old. Talk with your association's management for more information if you're not sure about the terminology or how recently the bylaws have been updated.
For more information, contact a professional like Bradley Scott, Inc.