I’ve read online that under certain conditions Rules and Regs and CC&R’s may become unenforceable if they are in the documents and ignored for lengths of time. For example, say the HOA had been trimming plants within single-use common area for years. A new board looks over the regs and sees that those were intended to be trimmed by owners, even if in single-use common area. At this point the home changed hands and the owner, now several years into the property and having never been required to trim based on the years of occupation just passed, is suddenly alerted that he or she is now responsible, gets a 30 day advance notice and then if undone, starts receiving violations.
That’s just an example but there are a variety of ways a board can allow leniency and then another board change the “policy”.
Also, on ARC”s, can a homeowner applying for a routine (non-structural) upgrade like a top unit flooring replacement) that otherwise meets federal Housing noise-reduction requirements (and the governing docs contain no specifications other than the owner being required to deal with any noise complaints) be required to sign a Hold-Harmless agreement, without precedent, without prior complaint from an adjacent unit and without it having been required in the past (needs to be verified if/when it was)?