Guest Passes Required in Florida HOA

Question:

In Florida, our homeowner’s board decided that we can no longer allow visitors or our personal vendors in our gated community using our personal gate code. Now they must call our phone number to get in. We will have to either purchase “passes” at a rate of $35 per pass or the person will have to call us to let us in. We will be traveling to Europe soon where we will not be taking our phones. We have a house cleaner, a trusted electrician and plumber, and a friend that will need to get in to take care of things while we are gone. All previously had gate codes, now they need passes. Does an HOA subdivision have the authority to deny our guests/vendors admittance or make us pay for passes? We have had no issues with crime and they have supplied the postal delivery man, Fed Ex and UPS access for free.

– Ginger

 

Answer:

Hi Ginger,

Most gated HOA communities have rules concerning guests. Requiring guests to sign in, call the owner to enter, or have a gate pass is typically within the scope of an HOA’s authority. However, to make sure your HOA has this specific authority, it is important to check your governing documents. Keep in mind that guest rules are often for the benefit of the community, as these rules help promote safety.

 

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