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Homeowners should understand the ABCs of CC&Rs

If you buy or rent a home or condo, you may know that there could be certain regulations in place through a homeowners association or a condo owners association. The intent of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) are to protect the look and integrity of the neighborhood or community, but homeowners would be wise to protect themselves by learning how they work.

Is your HOA dampening your holiday spirit?

As Christmas approaches, you may have great plans for how you will decorate your California home for the holidays. It's exciting to pull out the decorations, but before you start climbing ladders and stapling lights to your roof, it is smart to know what your homeowners association allows in terms of outside Christmas decorations.

HOA's role in regulating animal waste

You love animals as much as the next person. Like the majority of people in California, you probably even own a dog or cat yourself. The companionship of a pet is something most people place high in importance in their lives, and animals, especially dogs, have a way of winning the affection of even the coldest hearts.

Governing documents and the HOA's responsiblities

Living in a California community with an HOA has many advantages, but there are times in which your relationship with this organization can become contentious in the event of a dispute. Dealing with issues and complications with your HOA is not always easy, and there are times in which it is necessary to know your rights and how to protect your interests.

Should you take legal action against your HOA?

California homeowners who live in a neighborhood with a homeowners' association know that sometimes there are issues that can lead to a tense or even contentious relationship with the HOA. As a homeowner, you may find yourself in this situation, and you may be wondering if there is anything you can do, especially if you experienced a violation of your rights.

Are your HOA restrictions too strict?

If you are looking at a California property governed by a homeowners association, the property manager may have offered you a document outlining the covenants, conditions and restrictions for living there. On the other hand, perhaps you have lived in your home for years and never bothered to read over the CC&R. Maybe there is some dispute among your neighbors that has brought this document to your attention.

Avoid disputes by knowing what your HOA can and cannot do

Homeowners Associations, most commonly known as HOAs, are governing bodies that regulate and maintain certain aspects of a neighborhood. From neighborhood pools to keeping entrances looking nice, the power of your HOA depends largely on the bylaws adopted when the HOA formed. As a California homeowner, you may want to familiarize yourself with how your HOA works. 

Did you buy your house with the hopes of making it your own?

You may be one of the many California residents who purchased a home in order to make it your own. You can paint the walls, decorate any way you like and otherwise put your personal touch on it. You may want to put up a fence for your pets, paint the exterior of your home or finally have a place to park your RV or boat.

Your neighborhood covenant and your homeowners' rights

Covenants, conditions and restrictions, also known as CC&Rs, are the documents that spell out how homeowners' associations and neighborhood or community bylaws are to operate. The purpose of these is to clearly communicate procedures and expectations in order to eliminate problems between neighbors, owners and HOAs.