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or who cannot maintain his or her unit in
a sanitary manner can present far graver
consequences to the community than the
type of conduct frequently complained of
in non-age restricted communities.

the sake of civility, but also to avoid
potential liability.
55-AND-BETTER COMMUNITIES
We used to think the most important
thing to know about over-55 communities were the Housing for Older Persons
Act (HOPA), the law that allowed these
communities to prohibit occupants under
55 (which obviously includes children)
without risk of discrimination claims.
While the speakers at the seminar
covered HOPA, they also covered other
laws that come into play when boards are
confronted with problems as the older 55
occupants age in their units. Consider, for
example, whether associations have any
legal obligation to address conduct and
behavior of occupants?  
This is a question that often confronts
us, but the importance of the question
is emphasized when the behavior and
conduct threaten the health and safety of
others. Conduct of an aging occupant who
forgets something is cooking on the stove

judicial authority to sell the unit (and was
awarded its legal fees).
Also, in 55+ communities, the need for
curb cuts, ramps, and handicap parking
spaces, among other modifications, is on

Conduct of an aging occupant who forgets something is
cooking on the stove or who cannot maintain his or her unit
in a sanitary manner can present far graver consequences
to the community than the type of conduct frequently
complained of in non-age restricted communities.
The latter (such as music, loud parties, etc.) tend to be more annoying than
dangerous. In one case in Tennessee,
where an owner-occupant failed to
correct unsanitary conditions including
rotten food, bodily fluids, and mold, the
association was left with no choice but
to resort to litigation and finally received

the rise, as is the need to allow occupants
under 55 to reside with a disabled occupant in order to provide assistance,
all of which are presented as requests to
boards for reasonable accommodations
or modifications.
Continuing with this line of discussion,
while acknowledging an association's

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