A Florida resident who lives in a community with a governing board, such as a homeowners’ association, will have to abide by the rules set out by this group. This is also the case for individuals and families who live in condominiums. These groups are responsible for the upkeep of the community, as well as protecting the value of the homes. It is critical for residents to understand the relationship between rules of their condominium association and their individual rights as property owners.
In most cases, condo associations have the authority to regulate what happens on the outside of the home. Some of the specific things the rules may address include the following:
- The look of shingles, exterior paint and siding
- The size, color and look of the mailbox
- Backyard structures, such as playhouses or toolsheds
- Landscaping, including shrubs and plant choices
- Fences and hedges
A condo association may also be able to limit certain actions that a homeowner may do inside the home. For example, some communities prohibit pets, the operation of home-based businesses and parking certain types of vehicles in the driveway. Knowing the rules can help a condo owner avoid disputes that may cost time and money.
There are limits to the authority of a condominium association. If a Florida property owner believes that he or she is experiencing a violation of personal rights or unfair enforcement of rules, that individual has the right to fight back. There are times when it may be appropriate to seek legal counsel regarding the possibility of initiating formal legal action against the association.