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Covenants

Strategies for Surviving the Covenant Amendment Process

An association’s governing documents(i.e. declaration, bylaws, etc.) are the legal documents that guide the board of directors on how the association is being operated and managed. As time goes by, it is not unusual to find these documents are outdated and need to be amended from time to time. Amending covenants in governing documents for

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Covenants

You Are My Sunshine: Clotheslines and Solar Panels in Community Associations

Spring has sprung and summer is here. Longer days allow us to spend more time outdoors, and the sun can help homeowners power their homes, dry their clothes, and grow their gardens. Commu­nity associations may be looking to their covenants to dictate if, and in what fashion, homeowners can install solar panels and use clotheslines.

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Covenants

Dissecting Covenant Enforcement Cases

As a community association lawyer, I am routinely called upon for advice on how to address an unresolved vi­olation of the community’s rules and reg­ulations. Often the question arises after the board, or its covenants committee, has already convened a hearing and imposed monetary charges against the lot owner who has an unresolved violation of

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Covenants

When Covenants Aren’t Enforced

Why do we need restrictive cove­nants? And why enforce them? What happens when the cov­enants aren’t enforced? Drive through a few older neighborhoods in suburban or semi-rural Virginia or Maryland, and you will have the obvious answers to these ques­tions. Dilapidated houses, collapsing fences, and meadow-like lawns are typical signs of a community where covenant

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