Many people in Hawaii value homeownership for the freedom it gives them to do what they want with their own property. Others prefer a more consistent and uniform approach to neighborhoods and homeownership. For these individuals, living in a homeowners’ association is an ideal option, although there is often some confusion when it comes to HOA regulations.
Can HOAs regulate anything?
Although there are some limitations, HOAs often have broad authority to regulate a number of things including political yard signs and vegetable gardens. HOAs will often regulate the design and color of mailboxes as well, to help maintain uniformity across the neighborhood. Other regulations typically include:
- Exterior paint colors and siding
- Landscaping choices
- Swing sets
- Home businesses
In addition to fees, residents may also be fined for violating any of the HOAs regulations. These fines can be frustrating for homeowners though, especially when they believe that they did not violate any of the regulations. It is not uncommon for homeowners to simply pay the fines anyways, since failure to pay regular fees or the fines can ultimately lead to foreclosure.
There are both benefits and downsides to living with HOA regulations, and some homeowners in Hawaii are more than happy to comply with the rules. It is not uncommon for disputes to arise in these communities, though. To avoid racking up additional fines or even potentially losing one’s home, anyone who is locked in a dispute with an HOA is generally well advised to seek out guidance from a knowledgeable attorney.