When an owner begins alterations or improvements without required Association approval, he/she is subject to a variety of penalties under the Governing Documents and the law. At a minimum, the Association can order the owner to immediately cease all work and restore any altered areas to their original state. If the owner does not comply, the Association can perform the restoration and assess the costs against the owner. The Board has the power to undertake these actions, but may delegate responsibility to an officer, committee, or professional manager provided the Board retains final authority. If the Association does not act, it may find it more difficult to enforce similar restrictions in the future.
Each Association should have written policies for discovering and responding to violations of alteration restrictions. These should include: