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Homeowner & Condo Associations
Established neighborhoods or subdivisions can be governed on a smaller scale than local laws or regulations. Homeowner associations (HOAs) are often instituted to place the responsibilities of upkeep and resident safety in the hands of those living in the area. HOAs are legal entities that can require homeowners to fulfill requirements, so it is not surprising that disagreements happen. If you are seeking a resolution to a dispute with your homeowners association, or you are part of an association that needs representation, this page can give you an overview. Call the Coye Law Firm to pursue a claim and speak with an experienced homeowners association attorney.
Reasons for Homeowner & Condo Associations
If a consumer wants to buy a home or a condo in a certain neighborhood or building, they may also be joining the association charged with maintenance and upkeep of that area. Membership is mandatory in these developments. The reason that homeowners and condo associations exist is to rid the developer of legal and financial responsibility when the properties are sold. The associations, which are regulated by state statute, are headed by a board and governed by their own bylaws. The goal of the association is to make common areas of the property safe, presentable, and profitable. A common argument for the existence of HOAs is that this maintenance keeps home values higher by improving the surrounding area.
The Community Associations Institute estimates that in 2009, over 24 million homes and 60 million residents are being governed by an association. A significant number of these residents are in Florida.
Disagreements & Legal Action
Homeowners associations may ask homeowners to keep their lawns mowed or their cars from blocking a sidewalk. Although these may seem like simple tasks, some disagree with these regulations. Homeowners are told when buying their homes that associations exist and they are often times allowed to meetings. However, regulations enforced that are not within the HOA's power can be resolved through a complaint process. Homeowners may complain that HOAs:
- enforce stringent and excessive regulations
- are undemocratic in granting rights to residents
- assess an additional tax on homeowners
- have a considerable amount of power over their homes
If you have a minor disagreement with a homeowners association, investigate the complaint process and how to come to a complete resolution to prevent a major problem. Noncompliance may make the HOA pursue legal action.
Homeowners associations are regulated by statutes and operate within the law. If you are a member of a homeowners association and find that legal contracts or agreements are not being fulfilled or would like information regarding what to do if a foreclosure happens in your community, contact the Coye Law Firm to represent your organization. Our aggressive and experienced representation works for both individuals and groups of homeowners.
The Florida Department of business and Professional Regulation has resources regarding homeowners associations available here and condominium information here.
If you are a homeowner dealing with the operations or regulations of a homeowners or condo association, contact the Coye Law Firm for a resolution. Our attorneys pursue cases for both entities in search of justice. Our experienced homeowners association lawyers can defend your interests and investment. Don't allow a dispute to disrupt your neighborhood. Call us today.