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Be aware of common HOA violations

Are you among the many Missouri residents who enjoy living in a master-planned community? If so, chances are you have a homeowner’s association. This entity’s rules help keep the peace between neighbors. It also prevents properties located within its boundaries from becoming eyesores. At Stephen A. Martin, Attorney at Law, we often assist HOAs in protecting the interests of the community.

According to Bankrate, LLC, some association rules catch homeowners by surprise. This can result in liens and costly fines. Avoid problems with your HOA by checking the requirements for some of the most common issues that violate the rules.

  • Landscaping - Pay attention to weeds, overgrown grass and an unkempt lawn. Such overlooked details can necessitate action by the homeowner’s association. Check the bylaws and if they specify what types of trees, plants and shrubs can and cannot be in the front yard.
  • Trash receptacles - Many HOA’s have guidelines governing trash cans. Their presence can invite pests and make the neighborhood less attractive. Confirm whether there are prohibitions on how early you can take them to the street and if you must retrieve them before a particular time.
  • Vehicles - Review the requirements for homeowner vehicles, those of your guests and vendors. If automobiles must be off the street by a specific hour/time, such as dusk. You will need to ensure the vendor completes work before that time. Some HOA’s may require permits for guests staying in the neighborhood for extended visits.
  • Occupancy limits - If you wish to rent a room in your home, check the latest version of the guidelines. Many community groups have rules about the maximum number of people residing in a home.

Visible property design changes, pets and holiday decorations may also have guidelines. If you receive notification that you have HOA violations, do not ignore them. Fines and litigation may result. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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