Exploring Civil Case Proceedings

Exploring Civil Case Proceedings

HOA Dispute? Use These Tips

by Becky Freeman

Life in a condo that has a homeowners association, or HOA, can be great; you don't have to worry about some of the responsibilities you'd deal with in a single family house. However, there might be restrictions and rules about what you're able to do, even though you own a unit. You may run into trouble with the HOA and end up with a major dispute over your actions. If that happens, you'll need to do the following.

Understand the Rules

Before you purchased the condo, you were likely given and asked to sign the HOA guidelines or the CC&Rs (convenants, conditions and restrictions). You may very well be in violation without realizing, in which case you will have to deal with the consequences.

This is true in many cases even when the CC&Rs were updated after you moved in and you weren't aware of those changes. Your HOA can claim you should have known about any updates. You may, however, have a good legal case if the new rules are retroactive; for instance, if you moved in with a pet and the HOA has now forbidden them, you should still be able to keep your dog.

Communicate in Writing

Your first impulse may be not to communicate at all with the HOA until you've gotten a lawyer. However, ignoring HOA correspondence can make things worse for you. They can assume that you're taking no action and move forward with penalties and other negative consequences.

Most of your communication should be written down. Having a trail of paper is vital when you ask questions, respond or otherwise communicate with the HOA or one of the board directors directly. Being able to prove what was said and show that you attempted to resolve the situation in a professional manner can help you if you should later take the matter to court.

Keep Paying Dues

You might be so angry about what's happening that you stop paying dues. This is not a great decision, as your HOA will then have further grounds to act against you. Even if you end up suing them and prevailing, you might very well need to repay those fees plus interest. Whatever else is happening, ensure your dues remain current.

A disagreement with your HOA doesn't have to become nasty. An attorney with homeowners association experience can guide your actions so the situation can be rectified without too much delay.


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Exploring Civil Case Proceedings

Hello and welcome, I'm Winfred Paulo. I have a passion for civil court cases of all kinds. Some time back, I ended up in the thick of a civil case after a lengthy dispute with my neighbor. The dispute went on for years and ended badly with an incident that landed us both in court. We had to prove our side of the case in an effort to obtain a positive outcome and recoup our losses. Unfortunately, I lost the case due to a lack of evidence. Since then, I've maintain a strong interest in civil cases and their proceedings. I will share information about civil cases on this site to help others understand these proceedings better. I may talk about legal terms, and expected outcomes for each case type. I hope you visit often to learn more. Thanks for stopping by my website.