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Community Living: Before making changes, sort of differences between law, documents

Sort out difference in law, documents

Q: Some residents want to lower the age limit to live in our mobile home park. We have a rule that only two people can live in a home. Is there any rule on this from HUD or the state of Florida?

A: Federal and state laws say that an adult community only needs one person living in the residence who is 55 years of age or older and all other residents must be 18 years of age or older. If your documents say otherwise, I suggest you ask the association attorney how the documents reflect on the federal adult community laws concerning age discrimination. As to occupancy, that is a local code, not a state or federal code. Again, your association attorney would need to find that answer. Your question relates to the difference between your documents and the laws.

Community living can have benefits

Q: I have been reading your and your predecessor's column for years. It has made me resolve never to live in either a condominium or anywhere with a homeowner association. Too many problems for me, but I do enjoy reading about all the problems. It must take lots of patience to answer the same question over and over.

A: Most associations work great, are well maintained and properly operated, thus retaining their values and satisfactory lifestyles. Many offer great benefits and a pleasant lifestyle. I often have said that there is an association for everyone. They just need to study and ask the right questions before they buy in a community. Associations do offer great benefits, good neighbors and properties that often maintain their values. The problems come from a small percentage of associations, primarily where members neglect their duties. They elect the wrong candidates. They fail to become involved in the association business and operations. Most are willing to let others serve and never volunteer to be a candidate or become a member of the committees.

Do not use my column as a representation for all associations. You are correct that I do receive the same questions week after week. It is just a situation where the members fail to acquire the information themselves.

Richard White is a licensed community associations manager. Write to him at 6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd., No. 201, Winter Haven, FL 33884-4115. Please include your name and city.

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