You finally did it: You made it past the gauntlet of stress and fear to become a first-time homeowner. Now you have to take everything down or suffer the consequences. Can your homeowners association HOA really fine you over this? Not all homeowners associations are the same, though. Others may be ridden with infighting and nosy busybodies. Can an HOA fine you — or worse?
Last year your neighbor Barney finally completed construction of his home on your street, Peaceful Loop, on the last unimproved lot in this modest lot subdivision. The developer has assigned all rights reserved to it in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Tranquility Acres "Declaration" to the Tranquility Acres Homeowners Association "Association" , and the Association members have elected you and two of your neighbors as the directors of its three-person Executive Board "Board" , and the directors have elected you as President of the Association. The dust from the passage of the latest and contested amendment to the Declaration has settled so pit bull terriers are no longer allowed in Tranquility Acres. All is well, you say, until a group of pit bull terrier-loving neighbors on the other street in Tranquility Acres, Backwater Lane, show up in numbers at the annual meeting of members and they move orally to amend the Association Bylaws to increase the number of directors on the Board from three to six and to require that three directors be elected from each of the two streets in Tranquility Acres.
Section 1. All residents of this community association , condo associations or homeowners association who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to be members of this Corporation. All members of the Corporation may vote for and are eligible to be officers of the Corporation.
Federal laws - In addition to state law regulations, the federal government has laws that govern the operation of homeowners' associations, condominiums, and other residential properties in the state of Iowa. If a condominium or homeowners' association is organized as a nonprofit corporation, it will be governed by the Act. Visit the Iowa Secretary of State to find an association's corporation status. See also, Iowa Code Ann. Victims of housing discrimination may file a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission , HUD , or file a private lawsuit in federal or state court.