Many people in the Houston area live in a property that has a homeowner’s association (HOA). An HOA has many obligations including making rules and regulations for the property owners and their property that is in the area.
HOA communities typically have a defined aesthetic and code of conduct for their residents in order to keep the area looking nice and staying safe. However not every resident follows that HOA code and when there are deed restriction violations it can be hard for an HOA board to enforce them.
The following are some of the best ways HOA deed restrictions can be enforced.
Address violations immediately
When a violation occurs, the board or manager needs to address it immediately. Letting a violation go without being addressed can give the appearance of favoritism towards that owner.
An HOA should make rule compliance a positive thing where homeowners want to participate. If an HOA shows proof of property values, the uniqueness of the community, and showing that the time and money an HOA has to spend enforcing deed restrictions could be better spent elsewhere can help residents understand the importance of following the restrictions.
A homeowner will probably not be happy about being scolded for a property violation so staying friendly and sending a polite letter is important.
If a homeowner refuses to bring their property into compliance an HOA should use a stronger message warning that legal action may come next. Seeking legal action with the help of an HOA attorney may become necessary.