Consistency Is a Virtue in Rules Enforcement; Exceptions Should be Limited and Fair

/ Owner - December 13, 2017

Consistency may be “the hobgoblin of little minds,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested. But it is also an article of faith for many condominium boards, who fear, and rightly so, that if they don’t enforce rules consistently, they may not be able to enforce them at all.  Exceptions can all too easily swallow a rule. Owners will have little incentive to obey rules they see others ignoring without consequences. Inconsistent or selective enforcement can also expose associations to discrimination charges if boards punish minorities for infractions they regularly overlook in others. But there are some limited circumstances in which exceptions are reasonable, and some situations in which they may be required.      Read the article…………………

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