New Fair Housing Rule: Boards Must be Proactive in Addressing Harassment of Residents

In multi-family housing, disputes among neighbors are inevitable. Many times the disputes are minor and can be resolved by the quarreling neighbors without board intervention. Other times, the disputes get personal, linger on for weeks, months, or longer, and have the potential to significantly affect an owner’s ability to enjoy his or her home. Such disputes can have an impact on a person’s overall well-being and quality of life.  These personal and ongoing disputes will usually make their way to the board level. They present a challenge for the board because they are often “he said, she said” situations where there may be no clear violation of Wisconsin condominium law, federal law, or the Association’s governing documents. Further, the board may not want to take sides and risk escalating the dispute.  Given the inherent difficulty boards face in these situations, many boards take the approach that the dispute is between owners, does not rise to an Association-level problem, and should be resolved by the unit owner’s themselves.     Read the article……………..