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Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, and Resolutions: What’s the Difference??

You’ve, no doubt, heard the terms “policies, procedures, rules, regulations” and “resolutions” used many times in the industry.  But have you ever wondered what all these different terms mean and whether there is a difference as to which term you use?  Despite popular belief, there are subtle differences in these terms, which are outlined in the below checklist.  As you will see from the checklist, there are also several similarities between and overlap of the terms.

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HOA’s rules aren’t being enforced

Q: We live in a Charlotte townhome community. In 2010, the HOA board revised the community’s existing “Rules & Regulations,” taking special care not to be in conflict with the decade-old Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs). Prior to implementation, all owners signed for the hand-delivered, revised Rules & Regulations booklet (including a notice of the rule changes) along with a letter announcing a monthlong transition period to the new rules.

 It has been months since the transition period has expired, and one owner has refused to comply with the revised rules and has threatened legal action, stating that he is only obliged to follow the rules that were in effect when he moved in. The board’s reaction has been to avoid confrontation and not enforce the revised rules. Are the new rules enforceable, regardless of when the owners moved in?

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