In certain types of Florida residential communities, associations are tasked with maintaining common areas, addressing maintenance concerns, protecting homeowners’ property values and more. For residents of condominiums, it is in their interests to know how these organizations work and what will be required of them once they move in. It is possible to have a dispute with a condo association, and it is helpful for a homeowner to know where his or her rights end and the authority of the condo association begins.
Each condominium community is unique, but the following generally apply to most condo associations:
- Residents will pay monthly dues that will cover certain maintenance costs and community needs.
- Condominium associations have bylaws that residents should read in order to fully understand the function and authority of their HOA.
- Board members are residents of the community, and they are usually elected by the community.
- When a new resident moves into a condo community, he or she will be required to abide by HOA bylaws. There will likely be a contract that must be signed before moving in.
It is important for residents to understand what their association fees cover. The bylaws should clearly state what things the HOA can regulate and enforce, as well as what penalties may be levied if a resident violates the rules.
A resident who understands his or her property rights will know when the condo association is overstepping the boundaries of its authority. In the event of a dispute, it may be appropriate to seek the guidance of an experienced Florida attorney in order to preserve interests and fight for a beneficial resolution.