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May 2018 Archives

Parking enforcement company at odds with tenants

In congested residential areas such as Orange County, California, vehicle parking can be a problem. In housing developments, homeowners associations or condo associations typically hire management companies to manage and enforce parking regulations within the development. Though this is a needed service, some management companies can be an overzealous in their duties.

A noise ordinance stops entertainment in a California town.

A new municipal ordinance in Orange County, California is preventing one development area from hosting live events unless it can muffle the noise to the outside. The ordinance was challenged through litigation and survived its first round in the court system.

Mini lending library at hub of community dispute

Champions of literacy in the state of California may be interested in knowing more about an HOA dispute that is garnering attention on the other side of the country. In Florida, a homeowners association is demanding that one family remove a structure resembling a birdhouse from their front yard. A small mounted lending library, The Little Free Library reportedly features titles deemed appropriate for young children. The right of the homeowner to host the library box on private property was first addressed on Dec. 1, 2017.

Do you know the limits of your neighborhood HOA?

If you live in a California community governed by an HOA, you know how important it is to understand your rights as a property owner. Homeowners' associations play an important role in communities, but there are times when an HOA may attempt to overstep its bounds or infringe on your right to enjoy your property as you see fit.

California man sues HOA over rule change

According to court documents, a man has filed suit against his Palm Springs homeowners' association after it changed its rules to prevent homeowners from renting their homes for fewer than 14 days at a time. The man purchased the condo in March 2016 because he wanted to rent it out as a short-term rental for vacationers.