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3 reasons why residents sue their homeowners’ associations

| May 1, 2020 | Condominium, Townhome & HOA Disputes |

Many Brandon residents live in communities where homeowners’ associations (HOA) covenants rule. These communities’ board members are elected to their roles by residents. They get to choose what goes on in their community. Things don’t always work out as they should though. There are some common reasons why homeowners find themselves having to sue their neighborhood associations more than others.

HOA board members are elected to their role to represent all residents’ interests and not just their ones. Many don’t see this as the case though. One of the leading problems that homeowners face when dealing with their HOA is a breakdown in communication. This often happens because a board member ends up putting their self-interests ahead of the residents’ greater good.

Another struggle that residents living in these types of Florida communities have to contend with are biases. Board members are elected to their roles to give all residents a fair shot of shaping the community’s bylaws. This seldom happens though. It’s not uncommon for board members to form alliances with certain residents. This may result in them making certain decisions that benefit their friends.

A third problem that residents in HOA-managed communities often face is being assessed random fines. The bylaws for these types of communities are often quite lengthy. Board members expect you to read and abide by them all. One of the common reasons for conflict between HOAs and residents is because the latter violates an apparent bylaw that they didn’t remember or know existed. These rules may have to do with residents cutting grass, hanging up holiday decorations, painting their houses and other often trivial matters.

HOAs can often assess additional fines and fees or even place a lien on your home if you fail to comply with their bylaws. This is why you shouldn’t let ignore any accusations that you violated them. The best thing that you can do if you receive a notice of a violation of the covenants is to review your community’s bylaws. You should then respond to any allegations that have been waged against you in writing.

You may want to consult with an attorney if you’re at an impasse with your Florida association. Your Brandon lawyer may be able to help you more effectively communicate with your HOA board so that you two can reach a swift resolution in your case.