The governing documents usually include a minimum standard for owner maintenance such as the statement “each owner shall maintain the elements of the property for which he/she is responsible for in a condition which does not impair the value or desirability of other units or lots”. Most governing documents also provide that if an owner fails to satisfy his/her maintenance requirements, the association may do so and assess any related expense against the responsible owner as an assessment. It is advisable (and required by some governing documents) that the association provide a written warning, an opportunity to correct the problem, and the opportunity to request a board hearing, before undertaking a repair for an owner.

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