HOA Rules and Regulations – When you purchase a home that’s in a community association, you automatically become a member of the association. You will then become responsible for following all its rules and regulations. The purpose of having community rules and standards is to protect your investment as a homeowner and provide a common framework for neighbors.
There Are Benefits to Having HOA Rules
Having rules for a community might seem restrictive but there are many benefits to having a set of guidelines. Some of these benefits include preserving the aesthetics of an area, protecting and enhancing home values, enforcing the community’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) & Bylaws, and maintaining the property of the association and its owners.
You’ll want to check with your HOA board and governing documents for the details for your HOA’s unique and specific rules. There are some guidelines that are generally standard in most communities. Some examples of HOA rules might include, noise complaint policies, home occupancy limits, parking rules and guidelines, pet size and quantity limits, controls lawn and holiday decoration restrictions, home maintenance standards, short-term rental restrictions and trash, and recycling rules.
HOA rules are set by their governing documents and all applicable local, state, and federal laws. This collection of documents should include information about specified restrictions, rules, and guidelines. Documents should include CC&Rs, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and other rules and regulations created by the community. You can always request to view your governing documents to learn more.