It's never a good time when you have to fight with the homeowners association (HOA) about something you want to do to your property. Nevertheless, there are rules in place in HOAs that residents have to live by.
Sometimes, those rules or regulations are unfair or disputes arise over factors that aren't specifically discussed in the HOA's terms. In those cases, a dispute-resolution meeting is important.
In this meeting, both sides get to voice their opinions and grievances. Both parties talk through the dispute. In most cases, an agreement can be made during the meeting. If so, the dispute is resolved. If not, then a third party has to get involved.
In a dispute with an HOA, you want to make sure the third party is truly neutral. For example, you could ask the HOA to go through mediation with a third-party mediator, or you may seek help from a third-party arbitrator. In both cases, you want to make sure the third party is legitimately neutral and does not have friends or colleagues that could influence them on either side of the dispute.
Being able to go through mediation or arbitration can help resolve the dispute once and for all. Your attorney can help you prepare your arguments and case for the meeting, so you have a better chance of being heard and understood.
Our site has more on dispute resolution and what you can do if you are involved in a dispute with your homeowners association. With the right legal knowledge and support, you can make your case for what you want.