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I Really Don’t Like My Neighbor’s Tenants: Issues With The Use And Enforceability Of Rental Restrictions In Homeowners’ Associations

Allen Trask, Ward and SmithIt is an all too common situation, especially in coastal communities, mountain retreats, and college towns:  You bought a home in a planned community that has a homeowners' association with thoughts of being able to enjoy a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.  Then you find that...
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How to decipher HOA pet rules

Mike HunterQ: I own a home that is governed by the N.C. Condominium Act. In the recorded Declaration of Condominium, there is a specific section regarding animals. It prohibits commercial breeding and exotic animals, but specifically allows common household pets “including but not limited to dogs, cats, canaries, parakeets, etc.” After I bought my home, the HOA supplemented its rules and regulations to change the language in the recorded covenants to allow only two cats or two dogs and no more than four pets total. I am now renting the home and I have been told that my tenant, who has three dogs, is in violation. The dogs are small, each under 8 pounds, and they have not caused a safety issue for other residents. I always thought that rights afforded in recorded covenants could not be restricted by changes in the rules and regulations. Is this not correct?

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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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