Break a rule and pay the piper! There are so many rules! Living in close proximity to neighbors makes infringement and infractions glaringly obvious, sometimes to the point of distraction. There is only one punishment an HOA can impose: fines, payable in dollars.
Condo rules are established to maintain property value and marketability. They are designed to promote neighborliness and peaceful living. There are covenants, bylaws, and policy – all packed with rules. There is no such thing as condo living without rules.
So how are infractions made known to the powers that be?
Some infractions can only be reported by the unit owner who falls victim to infringement, such as frequent late night noise intrusion. Other infractions are more visible, noticeable by many, such as door mats and personal belongings in hallways, or signs or decorations on doors, smoking in common areas, etc. The list of possible infractions is long.
We have a property manager who is paid to keep the building running smoothly and in compliance with the many covenants, bylaws, and policy. We have an on-site janitor who is an employee of the property management company. It seems logical for the on-site property management employee to be the eyes and ears of the property manager, and that he would be the one to report obvious violations. In so doing, infractions would be minimized, even eliminated, and necessary reports would be impersonalized. Neighbors would not report neighbors. However, noticing violations is apparently not undertaken by property management.
It seems counterproductive to have neighbors reporting neighbors for rules violations. Yet rules go unenforced day after day and year after year because neighbors do not want to report neighbors; they do not want tensions to escalate. Those who are unlucky enough to have unfriendly neighbors, however, are the ones who receive notices and fines. Those are the condo owners who pay the piper.