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How can you sell your house if your neighbors have weeds and dead lawns?

I have called the HOA of our community with a complaint and addresses of the offending residents. To date..nothing has been enforced. Several people have no sod, and still no enforcement of the deed restrictions.
  • August 14 2010 - Jacksonville
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I'm agreed with Philip and Socal. Look its your house in question right now and you need to sell it. So do whatever it takes to clean up the surrounding areas and bill them to the owners. Please make sure that you have filed complaints to the right authorities and the home owners in the area. Good luck
  • October 19 2010
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If there is overgrowth you can file a complaint with the city.
  • August 24 2010
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Contact the homeowners directly and offer to assist them in locating a contractor or assistinbg them in improving their yards.
  • August 15 2010
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You could be a generous neighbor and cut the grass for them. Obviously they are going through difficult times right now. It may also benefit you so you'll be investing in the effort to sell your home anyway. Just a thought.
  • August 15 2010
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The HOA is, unfortunately, fairly restricted in being able to enforce CC&Rs. I have been on an HOA board, and our enforcement options were limited to...

    1 - Sending "violation" notices
    2 - If the matter is not addressed, assessing fines as defined by the CC&Rs.
    3 - If things get bad enough, performing the work and billing the owner.
    4 - Attempting redress through the courts.

I can tell you that #'s 3 and 4 are very unlikely to happen. If the owner is already having financial difficulties, or just doesn't care, the fine system doesn't work very well either, as there is typically not an effective collection mechanism for unpaid fines (as opposed to unpaid HOA fees).

My guess is that the HOA is attempting #'s 1 and 2, but is being ignored by the owners. You can call the HOA and ask for a status on your concerns. The HOA can at least tell you if notices have been sent out and if fines are being assessed (though not likely how much).
  • August 15 2010
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Based on your comment it is hard to say just what the HOA has done with your complaint.  They could have sent out notice letters to the offenders with not action on their part. Check out Florida Stutue 720 which covers HOAs to see your actions.
All the best
Charlie
  • August 15 2010
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