A pair of grandparents in Largo, Florida, have been told that their grandchildren can no longer visit them in their condo, due to a condo association rule restricting grandchildren to 30 visits per year. Barbara and Wayne Muthard told ABC News that Sarah, 14, and Hannah, 10, visit them two or three times a month. No guard tracks the visits at the Penthouse Greens complex. The notification was based on a complaint from the Muthards' downstairs neighbor, who is also the president of the condo association board.
The Muthards' case should serve as a cautionary tale for grandparents who are planning a move, whether to a home, condo or retirement community. Elizabeth Weintraub, Guide to Home Buying, advises reading all documents pertaining to homeowner associations (HOAs). "HOAs have the power to regulate and monetarily penalize owners for violations like never before," Weintraub said. Grandparents who want to make sure that grandchildren can visit need to closely check documents called CC&Rs, for Convenants, Conditions and Restrictions.