Successful community living requires structure which is why condominiums have a lot of rules. 

While the board has a fiduciary duty to enforce the association’s documents, house rules are put into effect, and occasionally amended, by the board and are intended to protect the general welfare of residents.  

Boards and managers walk a fine line when dealing with neighbors in residential communities. Getting community members to coexist harmoniously becomes difficult when conflict inevitably arises. 

One of the best ways to promote harmony is to encourage open communication. If that doesn’t work, the threat of enforcement is next, followed by fines, if applicable. 

Fines can be an effective means of enforcement. If a resident isn’t abiding by the rules after multiple fines, you can move an infraction to your association’s attorney. The attorney can then investigate a foreclosure or court injunction and order payment, plus legal fees. 

While they may not be universally likes, community rules are in place for the benefit of all residents. Whatever the house rules are, a board should not discriminate or waiver in its enforcement of them. Additionally, all enforcement needs to be within the law, the community’s documents, and the best interest of the community. 

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