A Homeowner Association (HOA) is a committee established by the residents of a neighborhood to protect their interests. They have rights under the law. They can regulate the visual aspects of homes and require homeowners to perform repairs.
Have you been notified by the HOA to prepare a roof issue? If so, you need to comply. Here are some considerations on HOA roof replacements.
Consult a Roofing Expert
The HOA is concerned in maintaining the value of all properties in the neighborhood. For instance, it might request you to replace your entire roof because some shingles got blown off due to a recent storm. You might want to propose to just repair your roof so that repair costs will become cheaper. You can reach a compromise if you support your proposal with an expert roofer’s opinion.
Check HOA Guidelines
Most HOAs keep a set of guidelines called the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCR). The document describes everything that you need to know prior to replacing your roof. You need to study the guidelines thoroughly in order to know what type of roof you can work with. Only then will you be able to talk to your roofer regarding the materials you’ve chosen.
Once you’ve already decided what to do with your roof, you need to prepare a series of paperwork to be submitted to the HOA. The committee will review your submission to check if the details are acceptable.
The same thing is true in meeting the deadline set by the HOA. If for some reason you can’t meet the deadline set by the HOA, an extension of the deadline can usually be requested. Make sure that you thoroughly explain the circumstances. You also need to give a good estimate of how much time you still need in order to comply.
You can still use the materials you want for your roof, but only if you provide the necessary paperwork. This usually happens when innovations in roofing materials are introduced in the market that is not yet included in the by-laws. The HOA may schedule a meeting with you to talk about it. Only then will they come to a decision about your request. If they deny your request, you have no choice but to look for other options.
Do You Need To Consult With a Lawyer?
If you think that the HOA committee made a mistake in their request or if you feel that they’re singling you out, legal advice may be needed. If you can prove that the other roofs in the neighborhood have a worse condition that your roof, then this might be a case of discrimination.
Before you make any decision regarding HOA roof replacement, it is best to seek the advice of an expert first. With a professional roofer’s opinion, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. Our team at Aastro Roofing can help you out. We can help provide expert advice on complying with the requirements of the HOA. Call our team today. 561.409.3280