Many homeowners feel no one should have to replace their roof more than once in their lifetime and if and when the situation arises, you’ve only got one shot to make sure it is done right. According to the Home Owner’s Association of Celina, David and Melinda Hawkes of Carter Ranch did not correctly replace their roof after it was damaged in a hail storm last year. For just about a year now the Hawkes have been continuously in conflict as to how much of a fine they should pay for choosing the wrong color roof. To them, a simple roof replacement did not seem too complicated until the “roof police” came knocking on their door saying that the color they chose was not in compliance with HOA standards and that their roof was “too brown.” They even went as far as to actually call off the work in progress and halt construction at the time. The representatives for the HOA specifically stated “It’s not going to match the code; it’s not going to be accepted here.” One neighbor who lives across the street from the Hawkes was interviewed by local news outlets and stated that she does not see the roof as being bothersome or not matching even going as far to say that the whole situation seems very weird. The Hawkes have received fines and citations from the HOA however this battle is far from over. The fines are assessed daily and increase as they are left unpaid. The simple answer from the HOA for the Hawkes was to look around the neighborhood if they had any doubts as to what the color should be. Most homes in their neighborhood yield gray colored roofs, however when you google “weathered shingles” it shows an array of colors from gray to beige. The Hawkes are not the only ones to receive such a fine but their neighbors have broken down and just paid the fines instead of fighting it. Under contract, the HOA does have the right to put a lien on their home if the Hawkes choose to ignore them or not pay the fines. If you or anyone you know is having issues with your HOA or are considering filing a civil matter due to contractual issues, contact our office today for your free consultation so that we may review your case.