If you live in a condo or townhouse and are part of a homeowner's association (HOA), there may be times when issues arise concerning the HOA and its duties. If this happens, you can approach the board members of the HOA to rectify the situation, but this does not always work. If the HOA will not address and fix the problem, you may need to hire a real estate lawyer to help you. Here are three common issues homeowners face with HOAs.
The HOA Fails To Give You Information
If you are part of an HOA, you should have the right to attend their meetings. You should also have the right to view the financial statements of the organization. If the HOA is keeping the meeting dates secret and failing to give you copies of the financial statements, there is a problem.
They might be doing this to hide information, or they might want to keep homeowners out of the loop of what is really going on with the association. In either case, these things are not legally allowed with HOAs. They must give you this information, and you may want to really examine the situation if they are not doing this.
The HOA Is Not Taking Care Of Maintenance
The payments you make each month to the HOA are designed to pay for the maintenance of the homes and neighborhood. Your HOA covenants should clearly state what the fees are designed for, and you can refer to these documents before taking any other steps.
If the HOA is not taking care of regular maintenance, you should find out why. It could be because there are too many vacant homes, which may have caused a shortage of funds. It could also be that the HOA is using the money for other things.
The HOA Is Not Enforcing Rules
The third common issue you may have with your HOA is its failure to enforce rules. For example, if outdoor dogs are not allowed and a neighbor has one, the HOA is responsible for discussing this issue with that person. They are also responsible to make sure the person gets rid of the dog.
HOAs are in charge of making sure everyone in the neighborhood follows the laws and guidelines in the covenants of the community.
If you are having any issues with your HOA that they will not address and fix, you can hire a real estate lawyer for help. Real estate lawyers are experienced at working with HOAs, and they can help you get your issues fixed.
To learn more, contact an attorney like Heil J Steven.