The rules and regulations that owners and residents in a condominium or homeowners’ association must follow “are what they are,” says James Donnelly. “Most are reasonable and well accepted.”
Yet, he takes issue with one rule at the Fort Lauderdale high-rise condominium where he lives. In its pool area, it doesn’t allow more than six guests per owner at a time. “But what if I’m having a birthday party?” Donnelly wonders.
He approaches such regimentation from two perspectives: as an owner constrained by a rule he questions, and as founder and chief executive officer of Plantation-based Castle Group, which enforces rules and regulations for more than 200 Florida associations with a total of 75,000 units.
Where Responsibility Lies
Enforcement is just one aspect of managing a planned community’s amenities, but it’s a big one. Amenities management follows a convoluted chain of command, from the developer who builds the amenities to the owners and boards who inherit them.
“The developer sets the initial rules and regulations. When the board takes control, the knee-jerk reaction is to undo as much as they can,” says Meghan DeLuca, who works for Lang Management as community manager at Valencia Palms POA, Inc., in Delray Beach.