When you buy an Irvine house for sale that’s part of an HOA, you can expect a list of rules you’ll need to follow. HOA rules are for the benefit of everyone in the association to protect common areas, safeguard home values, and increase safety. If you’ve never lived in an HOA before, you may be a little uncertain about what to expect. Here are six common HOA rules you’ll likely encounter.
1. Parking Regulations
Virtually every HOA has rules regarding where the homeowners can park. There may be assigned parking, and you’ll be expected to use your assigned space. If you have guests, there may be a designated guest parking area. Some HOAs also limit which types of vehicles are permitted on the property. Commonly banned vehicles include pickup trucks and RVs.
2. Rules for Pets
It’s common for HOAs to limit the type, size, and number of pets permitted per unit. However, pet rules can vary widely among HOAs. Some only allow one dog or cat, while others are more lenient and allow multiple pets, including exotic animals such as birds. In California, HOAs cannot prohibit owners from keeping a single pet, but they cannot have an animal that is considered dangerous or a nuisance. There will likely be specific rules about cleaning up after a pet and keeping it on a leash.
3. Home Maintenance Rules
When you buy a condo or house in an HOA, you’ll be responsible for maintaining your home. With a townhome or house, you may be restricted in the color your home can be painted, the type of landscaping, and the height of fences. With a condo, there’s an important distinction between what’s considered your responsibility and what the HOA must maintain and repair. All areas inside your condo are considered your responsibility as well as plumbing that serves only your unit, but the common areas and water distribution system are the HOA’s responsibility.
4. Rules Regarding Common Areas
Common areas are designed to be enjoyed by everyone in the association, and they’re paid for by the HOA. While common areas have their own specific rules, you can expect to show consideration when using common areas like a pool or clubhouse.
5. Occupancy Limits
An HOA cannot use occupancy limits to discriminate, except in senior communities, but most HOAs place restrictions on how many people can occupy a unit. A reasonable occupancy will be based on the size of the property and the number of bedrooms or sleeping areas.
6. Rules for Noise Levels
The HOA bylaws likely have rules regarding noise levels. There may be specific times you should keep noise levels to a minimum, such as 10pm to 7am. No matter the time of day, you’ll need to avoid excessive noise levels from pets.
Whether you want to live in Airport Area or Shady Canyon, Irvine condos for sale are likely to be part of an HOA. A knowledgeable real estate agent from Irvine Residential Living can help you find the home you’re looking for you and give you a better understanding of what it means to be part of an HOA. Give us a call today at 714-454-6304.