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Old 11-24-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Citrus countyFL
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I recently moved to an area that has deed restrictions. It does not have an HOA, but there is a Civic Association. I am not required to pay any dues to the Civic Association, not am I required to become a member.

My questions is this. The Civic Association is the body that is supposed to enforce the deed restrictions in the community. How much legal power does an association like this really have?

I understand HOA have a lot of legal power, does does a CA that I'm not a member of or paying any dues to actually have any real legal authority?
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:41 PM
 
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A civic association doesn't hold any real power unlike an HOA. If looking to store stuff outside and park on the lawn although not enforceable penalties, probably not endearing to the neighbors if that matters at all to you.
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Old 11-24-2017, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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If it's like where I live, the county itself enforces the codes/restrictions. This other association may just be window dressing.
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Looks like the O.P., who just moved into a deed restricted community, wants to already see if he can get away with parking his boat on the front lawn and what legal authority does the community association have to enforce the rules.
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:24 PM
 
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I recently moved to an area that has deed restrictions. It does not have an HOA, but there is a Civic Association. I am not required to pay any dues to the Civic Association, not am I required to become a member.

My questions is this. The Civic Association is the body that is supposed to enforce the deed restrictions in the community. How much legal power does an association like this really have?

I understand HOA have a lot of legal power, does does a CA that I'm not a member of or paying any dues to actually have any real legal authority?
Did you check this out before buying?

Did you sign anything that acknowledges you will abide by the restrictions?
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Old 11-26-2017, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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I recently moved to an area that has deed restrictions. It does not have an HOA, but there is a Civic Association. I am not required to pay any dues to the Civic Association, not am I required to become a member.

My questions is this. The Civic Association is the body that is supposed to enforce the deed restrictions in the community. How much legal power does an association like this really have?

I understand HOA have a lot of legal power, does does a CA that I'm not a member of or paying any dues to actually have any real legal authority?

The civic association exists to ensure folks are aware of the restrictions and lobby politicians and law enforcement to enforce the deed restrictions. Associations have the support of the county council, county attorney, zoning enforcement and local police force. The civic association represents votes and local politians and county employees won't have their job for long if they ignore civic associations.

If you bought a property with deed restrictions and do not want to follow them, you are the classic bad neighbor that the association will demand the county to act againt. And you will be waging a loosing war with your neighbors and the local government. If the seller didn't disclose the restrictions, sue the seller and get your money back.

Last edited by Fredesch; 11-26-2017 at 06:32 PM.. Reason: Typo
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