Orlando, FL asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: How long do I have to respond to a home owner association letter after receiving. Ex they told me to pressure wash s

Four days ago I received a letter that I needed to pressure wash the side of my house. Two days after I receive the letter I went outside and pressure wash the side of my house and it is squeaky clean. Four days after receiving the letter they sent somebody out to come and pressure wash my house for me even though it’s already clean. The office has no documentation or pictures from before and after when they sent the person out.

All they gave me was a letter and four days to respond to the letter. Even though I already cleaned it I am wondering how long do you personally how to respond to a home owners letter in Orlando Florida before they are allowed to send somebody out or before they’re allowed to start fining you. I mean surely I should have more than four days to fix the problem before they are allowed to start fineing me.

2 Lawyer Answers
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You apparently fixed the problem within the 4 days, so what is the difficulty? Did you respond in writing to their ultimatum??

Barbara Billiot Stage agrees with this answer

A: How long you have to correct the problem depends on the language in your Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) for your HOA. Florida law does not address this issue. Generally, most CC&Rs have either 15 days or 30 days from the date of the letter. You have to look at the date of the letter too because the Orlando post office is notorious for delivering the mail late.

Fining is a different matter. That is addressed by state law. The HOA must hold a board meeting to vote to levy a fine and send it to the fining committee for approval. The HOA must send you a notice a hearing will be held in front of the fining committee and you must RECEIVE the notice at least 14 days prior to the hearing. The fining committee than either votes to impose the fine or reject the fine.

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