E.C. from writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
How do we (the Board) write a letter to an owner of second warning that no construction work can be done in units on Sundays?
Mister Condo replies:
E.C., I applaud your Board for taking action against a unit owner that is breaking association rules. Basically, you will handle the letter in the same manner you handled it the first time. You will compose the letter stating that this is the second and final warning. Depending on your rules and state law, you may also need to summon the individual to appear before the Board to answer the complaint. At that time, the Board can go ahead and levy whatever punitive damage is outlined in the bylaws of the association. This is typically a fine of some preset amount. If you have an escalating fine schedule ($10 first offense, $25 for subsequent offenses, etc.) you could mention that as well. Keep in mind that the motivation behind warning letters, violation letters, fines, etc. are to get the unit owner to comply with the rules they agreed to live by when they purchased into your association. If the rule-breaking continues, the Board will likely want to get the association attorney involved who can help escalate the association’s actions against the rule-breaker even further. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that and that this individual observes the association’s rules. All the best!