Covenants, conditions and restrictions, or CC&Rs, are the building blocks of any HOA. These are the rules and regulations that homeowners agree to follow in order to live in the neighborhood. They generally are designed to ensure property values stay high, and everyone enjoys the neighborhood.
Rules regarding maintenance to homes are extremely common in associations. Basically, these detail how a home looks. Homeowners who are part of an HOA are expected to keep their home well-maintained. This includes the exterior of the dwelling and the landscaping. Rules may include things like what types of paint colors are allowed, whether certain types of landscaping is allowed, etc.
It would be annoying if your neighbors all built massive fences that obstructed your view. Luckily, when you are part of an HOA, the CC&Rs generally prohibit people from doing this. Homeowners can’t typically build walls or buildings or plant tress that will obscure the view of a neighbor.
Some level of noise is common in any neighborhood. However, when it is too loud, lasts too long, or is happening in the middle of the night, it can lead to a nuisance lawsuit. The problem can be even worse if you live in a condo or other multi-dwelling unit. HOA CC&Rs also include rules regarding noise, such as appropriate levels.
You may adore your pet, but to someone else, it can be an annoyance. Especially, if you don’t properly care for your pet or have them well-trained. Many HOAs fix this problem by having many pet-related rules. Some HOAs may only allow certain pet species, certain pet breeds, certain pet sizes, or they may prohibit them completely. If pets are allowed, owners will be expected to keep them contained, keep down the noise and clean up after them.
In most cases, you can’t run a business out of your home because of zoning laws. HOAs tend to support this because it can lead to noise and traffic. Therefore, if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, you probably aren’t allowed to have a home business.
The CC&Rs of an HOA are extremely important. They are designed to ensure the neighborhood is desirable and attractive to current homeowners and potential buyers.