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Can law enforcement enforce the homeowners association's bylaws when it comes to vehicle parking in a gated community ?

Orlando, FL |

The homeowners association for the neighborhood has bylaws that prohibit the parking of commercial vehicles overnight. However multiple residents have been parking commercial trucks here, most of them with company markings or logos. Even with certified letters sent with copies of the bylaws, the offending drivers continue to park these vehicles in violation of the guidelines. The local police department says there is nothing they can do because it is considered a civil dispute on private property. Is this correct? What more can be done about these trucks?

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Attorney answers 3


The police are correct. If these trucks are in violation of HOA bylaws, the homeowner's association should consult with an attorney about how to legally enforce their by-laws.

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The Police have no authority in enforcing homeowner's by-laws. These By-laws are of a civil nature and not that of being criminal. The remedy is to bring suit in civil court for these violations where the penalties are of a monetary nature and not that of a crime.


The police can't help. Send the offenders certified letter with a deadline to comply or the HOA will begin towing them away.