Anaheim, CA asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California

Q: Can my home owners association force me to remove my washer & dryer that were installed by previous owner?

Also can I be legally fined

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: As per California law, a homeowners association (HOA) can require that a homeowner remove a washer and dryer that were installed by a previous owner, if such installations are not allowed under the HOA's rules and regulations. If the installation of a washer and dryer is prohibited by the HOA, the HOA can request that the homeowner remove the appliance, and may impose fines or penalties for noncompliance.

However, before the HOA can impose fines or penalties, it must follow certain procedures and provide the homeowner with notice and an opportunity to be heard. This typically involves sending a written notice to the homeowner, explaining the violation and the steps that need to be taken to correct it. If the homeowner fails to comply, the HOA may impose fines or other penalties, subject to any limitations under California law.

It is important to note that the specific rules and regulations of each HOA can vary, and homeowners should review their HOA's governing documents to determine what is allowed and what is prohibited. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a homeowner or the actions of your HOA, it is recommended that you consult with a licensed attorney who is familiar with California HOA law.

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