DEAR BENNY: I own a rental townhouse in a local community. The board of directors of the homeowners association has put to a vote of homeowners a proposal that would forbid any owner from renting his or her unit once the current lease expires, thus forcing owners to sell the property in what is not only a depressed market but is in competition with many other properties for sale. Can this possibly be legal? --Doris DEAR DORIS: Unfortunately, if the legal process is followed correctly, it will be legal. This issue has been litigated in many states, and to my knowledge, all the court cases have held that community associations have the right to limit -- or even prohibit -- the number of renters in those associations. What owners within condominiums and homeowner associations do not understand is that they are bound by the legal documents and the rules and regulations of their association -- as they currently exist and as they may be properly amended from time to time. In a co...
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