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Old Today, 11:21 AM
 
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Where can one go to see the HZoA. Rules for a neighborhood that looks interesting? I have 3 small dogs and some HOAsrestrict on number of dogs. Not going to waste my time with them
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Old Today, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Find out who the HOA president is and talk to him/her. They'll have a copy of the CCRs. Same with any other HOA officers.
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Old Today, 12:48 PM
 
Location: NC
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If you have a buyer's agent, they should be able to pull them for you. I am looking for a house right now and before I even go look at a house, I check the covenants to make sure I can have my home based business. I've had to rule several homes out and am looking at one that's got no restrictions now.
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Old Today, 12:53 PM
 
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What AlaskaErik said. Some associations may have documents on the web. Also see the recent thread

Offer pending review of HOA Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs)

Find out the procedures for inspection of documents in your state.

Your agent may be able to help in steering you away from associations known to have restrictive rules.

Finally- anything you hear informally from an agent, an owner, or the president needs to be verified by you before purchase.
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Old Today, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Where can one go to see the HZoA. Rules for a neighborhood that looks interesting? I have 3 small dogs and some HOAsrestrict on number of dogs. Not going to waste my time with them
Depends on where. In some states, like Florida, you can pull them from the public domain under official records if you know your way around county government websites.
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Old Today, 02:39 PM
 
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You can ask the sellers (via your agent) to provide you the current HOA rules before you view any homes. The sellers would be the best way to get access to them. You also want to make sure you have the most recent copy as rules can change
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Old Today, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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Have your RE agent advise the HOA President (or Management company) that you are a serious prospective buyer who has made an offer on a particular unit - and wants to review the docs. Then, offer to pay to have a set of the HOA rules copied/emailed to you.

HOA board members are owner-volunteers who typically have no office, staff or motivation to copy and distribute 40-50 pages of CC&R's to every 'passing tire-kicker' who is 'simply looking' and curious about what the HOA rules say (versus seriously interested in buying). Ironically, many owners often don't even read the HOA docs.
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Old Today, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Some HOAs make up rules on the fly, often against their charters. Some are rife with inner conflict and the rules depend on whom you talk to on the Board. I've been there, as a homeowner and an HOA President in my US days. In that capacity, I pissed off one group so much that, they made my driveway "illegal", after I stepped own. Fortunately, I had closed on the house the day before I got their registered letter. When I went back, years later, the driveway had not been moved the the 3.5" that they had ordered.
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