It is the owner's responsibility to remove abandoned dishes on his/her property. Unfortunately, owners don't always remove them before selling. Boards can make a demand in escrow (if they know about the abandoned dish) or order the new owner to remove it.
Depending on its location, the association can remove it and bill the owner for repairs (provided the governing documents allow for these actions). However, boards should first try to get the owner to remove the dish before resorting to self-help.
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