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Q: We have a homeowner who just ignores our governing documents and really is one trouble maker.

He has a recreational vehicle that is improperly parked at the community.

He painted his house without architectural approval and the colors absolutely clash with the common color scheme of the community.

In addition, he made unauthorized modifications to his home by adding a new entry.

The other day it appeared that he was even feeding sick animals in his backyard. If this wasn’t bad enough, he has a huge canvas sack in the front yard that just recently appeared.

His neighbors think that he is running either a day care or a business, which is definitely against the governing documents.

The association received a warning notice from the U.S. Postal Office informing us that they would discontinue the delivery of the mail to our community unless we told this homeowner that he will have to make arrangements with the Postal Office for a lock-box at their facility because of the volume of mail that he receives (which absolutely cannot fit inside our mailboxes).

This homeowner who has so many violations has the gall to walk the community and then send us e-mails (almost daily) telling us of other homeowners’ personal businesses and their alleged violations (none of which have been legitimate complaints).

We know that you help associations but can you actually help us by drafting a letter that we can send to him. We cannot afford an attorney and this would help us take the first step in resolving these problems with this homeowner.

A: It has been an informal policy in writing this column to only provide advice and options to my readers. I do not normally draft letters for my readers but in this case I’m making an exception.

Dear Homeowner:

Living in a planned community does have certain restrictions that vary from those of owning an independent home.

These restrictions have been established to maintain the aesthetics of your Homeowners Association community as well as enhanced your property values.

In an effort to maintain the community, it is inspected on a regular basis. During a recent inspection, the following was noted and we ask that you please bring it back into compliance.

You were sent letters Oct. 29, and Nov. 5 and 11, asking that you resolve the various outstanding violations as stated in these letters.

If these violations are not corrected by Dec. 15, you must attend a hearing meeting with the Board of Directors Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the clubhouse.

Please note the following which are not in compliance per Rules and Regulations, Sections 3, 4, 6, and 8 and per Covenants, Sections 5.1a and 7.2b:

* We asked you to remove you recreational vehicle from your front yard. We did not expect you to place your sleigh on your roof. Please remove the sleigh from the roof and store it in your backyard.

*Your house that you have painted red and green must be repainted to its original tan and brown colors. You will need to submit an application for the repainting with the Architectural Review Committee.

*You must remove the wild animals from your backyard, especially the animal with the shiny red nose (our inspector said it glows). Wild animals are not zoned for our community. If the nine reindeers are not removed, we will be forced to contact Animal Control.

The multiple boxes and packages of all sizes and shapes stored in your front yard must be removed or placed in an outdoor storage facility approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

Please note that the storage facility must be of the same style and color of the house (not the red or green that currently exists now).

* Our property inspector has confirmed that you are running a day care center. There is too much noise from the sounds of laughter and shouting of glee from the small people playing in your backyard.

This clatter and activity is against the quiet and peaceful enjoyment section of the covenants.

* You have 10 days in which to make arrangements with the local U.S. Postal Office to change the delivery of your excessive mail to their building on South Rainbow Boulevard.

*The entrance to your house located on the east side of the chimney on your roof must be dismantled and the chimney be restored to its original condition. Please return the enclosed ARC request application form and include all of the pertinent information. The work must be done by a licensed contractor and you must meet all local building codes.

* Please be advised that your stalking of other homeowners and making a list and checking it twice of who is naughty and nice is not authorized by the association. Only The Board Of Directors Have The Right To Stalk Homeowners And Maintain A List Of Who Is Naughty And Nice According To NRS 116.fun.

Please note that if you do not attend the hearing meeting and if you do not correct these violations within the time frame designated, your account will be assessed a fine of $ 50 each week per each violation. For your convenience, we have included a Correction Response form.


The Holland Family and The Review Journal Real Estate Staff.

May you all enjoy the holiday season and wishing all a good year as we all certainly could use one.

Barbara Holland, certified property manager, broker and supervisory certified association manager, is president and owner of H&L Realty and Management Co. Questions may be sent to Association Q.&A., P.O. Box 7440, Las Vegas, NV 89125. Her fax number is 385-3759, or she can be reached by e-mail at support@hlrealty.com.

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