Those who live in the Auburn Hills complex in Auburn, California, are required to keep their garages open for eight hours each day. According to a notice to residents, garage doors must stay up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Residents who fail to comply with the order may face a hearing and a $200 fine. The rule was put in place because it was discovered that people were sleeping in a resident's garage.
One board member told a local television station that people had actually taken up residence in the garage, and that is why the policy had to be created. Residents have resorted to moving items they consider valuable because leaving garage doors open could increase the risk of a theft occurring. Some residents have ignored the HOA rule altogether.
Individuals who live in a community governed by an HOA may be required to abide by its rules. This may be true regardless of how residents feel about them. In the event that a resident doesn't agree with an HOA rule or rule change, it may be possible to talk to members of the board directly. If that doesn't lead to a resolution, it may be worthwhile to consult with an attorney in an effort to resolve the matter.
An attorney may be able to advise an individual as to his or her rights under the law as it relates to settling HOA disputes. In some cases, legal counsel may be able to mediate discussions involving a resident and HOA representatives. This may help both sides come to a resolution without the need to go to court. Settling a matter outside of court may save time and money as well as help preserve relationships between residents and leadership within the HOA.