Community associations will issue violation notices for a variety of reasons such as a resident violating rules or a property needing exterior maintenance.
In most cases, the HOA will issue a courtesy notice which gives the owner or resident 2 to 4 weeks to correct the violation. This does depend on the community and also the type of violation.
For more serious matters like parking or things that could either damage the property or affect the health and safety of others, an association may skip the warning process and issue an immediate fine. In addition, the association may be able to initiate a repair if needed and issue a bill for the cost.
The most common violations affecting the property owner include:
- Landscape and yard maintenance such as trees touching houses, or plants that have grown too tall. Some communities have tree height restrictions and the owner may be required to trim or cut down a tree if it gets too tall.
- Required plumbing inspections and maintenance. Some condo and townhome associations perform periodic plumbing inspection as a proactive measure to prevent leaks or catch them early on.
- Exterior painting. This is normally for homes, but it can apply to some townhomes, or even the lanai/balcony area of a condo. Overtime, exterior finish such as paint can fade and discolor. Most paint and finish will last between 12 to 15 years (properties in areas that have higher temperatures with low air moisture may only have a 10 to 12 year expectancy for exterior finishes)