“I Rent A House In A Homeowner’s Association. What Rules Do I Have To Follow?”

Renting a house in a homeowner’s association (commonly called an HOA) can be a very good experience—the rules ensure that properties are kept up and maintained, and that certain community standards are upheld.

However, you should be aware that you, as a renter, are required to follow all of the association’s rules as well. This is true even if you are not given a copy of the rules. Your landlord should provide you with a copy (and is in fact required to do so by most HOA’s) but whether or not you have actually been given the rules, you must follow them. You should always try to review these rules in advance, as they often have restrictions such as where you can park, what kind of vehicles you can park (business vehicles are or large vehicles are often prohibited) as well as many other day-to-day rules that you need to know about before moving in.

The HOA cannot fine you directly, as you do not own the property, but they will in fact issue citations to the owner of the property—because of the, rule violation is a quick way to have your lease cancelled and get evicted. Your rental agreement will almost always state that you are to obey all HOA rules, and that violation of the rules is a breach of the lease agreement and grounds for termination. If you have any issues with the rules, it is a good idea to get in contact with your landlord and make sure that you are in agreement about how to handle fixing the problem with the HOA. If the landlord feels that you are going to cause a problem with the HOA, your lease will most likely be terminated.

Living in an HOA can be a good experience, but getting caught off guard is not—know what you are getting into because you sign that lease.

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