By Rafael Aquino

Published August 12, 2020  

Moving into an association comes with many benefits and some drawbacks.  Some of the drawbacks will impact some of the freedoms you had before living in an association. No different than moving into a county or city with specific ordinances.


As board members, you have the responsibility to uphold those documents and their rules.  While it can be controversial at times, you shouldn't run away from the problem. You do have to keep in mind allowing certain community members to get away with certain violations only opens the doors for others to do the same.  Further not taking a stance can open you and your board up to more significant issues.


The steps that should be taken are following what the association documents outline.  Compliance letters should be sent to those owners who violate any of the rules or covenants. Within that letter you should outline the reason for such a letter and where they can find the section of such breach. 


Consistency allows for proper rule enforcement.  If you or your board don't like a particular rule, you can always make changes; however, that may be more challenging than merely enforcing the rules. Remember any changes to your docs or rules you must consult with your attorney for proper guidance.   

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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