With so much recreational and commercial use for drones, and the prospective future use of these objects, homeowners associations can stay ahead of the curve by preparing policies to navigate their usage. While drones are still novel and complex, regulating them doesn’t have to be challenging. Here are a few simple things to consider when creating a policy to regulate drones in your HOA. Even more importantly, ensure your LA HOA Insurance needs are taken care of before moving forward.
Whether drones are used for recreational or commercial purposes, your HOA should strictly prohibit them landing in common areas. The reasons for this are obvious: drones pose potential safety hazards to persons on the ground in the form of dropped packages, improper landings on top of persons or pets (which could be exacerbated by the presence of their propellers), mechanical failure, and more. The association should not have to assume the risk of potential claims arising from injuries to persons or property via a drone landing on the association’s common area, when an owner could direct the landing of the drone on the owner’s lot instead, explains Virginia Community Association Law.
If members of your community wish to use their personal drones for fun, set a time limit so as not to disrupt anyone during the “quiet hours.” For example, note the traditional 8 a.m. start time and 8 p.m. end time for these activities, especially as their motors can be louder than vehicles.
Some restrictions associations should consider include: (i) no person may go within 10 feet of a landing or departing drone, or otherwise interfere with it, (ii) drones must land on driveways wherever reasonably possible (so as to minimize potential damage to lawns), and (iii) all delivered packages should be removed from the outside of the residence within two hours (if the drone is used for package delivery), explains the article.
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