By Rafael Aquino

Published March 6, 2024  


Owning a home in a community means we all need to follow certain rules to live well together. House Bill 59 is about ensuring everyone knows these rules by having the community associations give out copies. While it's great that everyone should know the rules, there are some big problems with how this is being done.

First off, everyone should know the community rules. This helps everyone understand what's expected and makes things fair. But sending copies of these rules to everyone whenever there's a small change seems old-fashioned and impractical. We live in a digital world, so why not use it? Many homeowners might not even read these long documents that often use complicated language.

Then, there's the cost. Making and sending out all these documents can be expensive, especially for communities that have a limited amount of money. This seems like a waste, especially if people don't read them. We should consider better ways to use that money to improve our communities.

Also, realtors – the people who sell homes – are supposed to give these documents to new homeowners. But often, they don't. The new law doesn't address this problem, so the same issue might continue.

So, what can we do instead? We can ensure the rules are easy to find and read on the community's website. We could send emails or letters once a year to remind everyone where they can find the information. This saves money and is a lot more practical.

In conclusion, everyone needs to know and understand the rules of their community. However, the way House Bill 59 wants to do this seems outdated and ineffective. We should find better, more modern ways to share this information without wasting resources. Let's focus on making sure everyone knows the rules in a smarter way.

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