Is your association selectively enforcing its deed restrictions?

Kathleen Reres

Kathleen Reres

When a community association takes legal action to force an owner to comply with deed restrictions, the owner’s first defense is almost always “selective enforcement”. This defense essentially alleges that the association is not treating its members fairly and equally. “Why can I have only one dog” the owner may ask “when the president of the association has two?” If the association has chosen not to enforce a particular restriction against some owners, it may be estopped from enforcing the same provision against other owners who have made similar alterations or violated the deed restrictions in similar ways. Continue reading