BY: COURTNEY GILSTRAP LEVINUS
Some rental communities offer desirable lifestyle amenities like a smoke-free environment or age restricted living. The rental communities were built with the idea that like-minded renters could enjoy certain benefits shared by all. When individuals or families sign lease agreements for these homes, they confirm their willingness to abide by the rules of the community or face fines, or even eviction.
In an age restricted community, many newer homes offer specialized home design to make living easier and more comfortable. The shared amenities like pools and fitness centers may have focused programming or design for those adults over the age of 55 to enjoy staying healthy.
When families break the community’s rules by bringing children in for extended stays, when not permitted by the community rules, this can interfere with the enjoyment of the community for other residents.
Smoke-free communities are increasingly popular. This amenity protects residents from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and keeps their homes and shared areas cleaner and safer.
Homes inhabited by smokers tend to have more damage at the end of the lease. Often the carpet and window treatments must be replaced and most homes of smokers must be repainted to help address the cigarette smell. Violating the rules of a smoke-free community may cause smoke damage to the home and impact residents. Even in those living in nonsmoking units should take care not to violate the rules of that home or risk fines or eviction.
If you have a neighbor who is violating the rules of your community, it’s best to let the community manager know about your concerns so it can be properly documented.
There may be additional rules in an age restricted community that allow some children to be there and your manager can help to investigate what’s permitted and address any issues they find.
Community managers can send notices to residents to stop the behaviors, they may be able to impose fines or even evict residents, based on someone breaking the rules. These communities market these specialized communities where residents can enjoy their home in a certain way, and enforcement of those rules is necessary.
The Arizona Multihousing Association is the statewide trade association for the apartment industry, representing more than 2,000 members in legislative, legal and regulatory matters.
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