Here Is How To Handle a Homeowners Association Dispute the Right Way

People seem to have a love/hate relationship with Homeowners Associations, or HOAs. Some love them, while others will never live in another HOA community again.  Disagreements and disputes can arise between residents and the HOA, causing tension among residents. And these tensions can be stressful. And sometimes, they can drastically increase the cost of homeownership.  […]

Condo, Coop, HOA Board vs. Dissidents – Navigating Contentious Times

In the intricate realm of community associations, addressing the process of compelling a vote to remove a board is a crucial but often overlooked aspect. One of the primary challenges arises when the sitting board refrains from calling a special meeting, necessitating potential litigation funded personally by the owners or shareholders.    Read the article…………………………….

Avoiding and Mitigating Owner Disputes in Community Associations (FL)

With neighbors living in close proximity to each other, all mutually bound by set rules and edicts, communities with associations are oftentimes fertile ground for spats and disputes. The best boards of directors and property managers understand that disputes between owners may arise from time to time and should strive to settle them as reasonably […]

What falls under the authority of an HOA? (FL)

When you move into a community with a homeowners’ association, you must agree to adhere to the terms of the neighborhood covenant. Each HOA is different, and the specific rules that may apply to you depend on your individual community.     Read the article…………………………..

Australia: Resolving Ripples: The Art of Diplomacy in Strata Disputes

In the tapestry of communal living, disagreements are like ripples on the surface of a tranquil pond. Strata living, with its shared spaces and interconnected lifestyles, often witnesses the emergence of disputes, creating waves that can either disrupt harmony or be skillfully navigated to maintain equilibrium. Welcome to the realm of “Resolving Ripples,” where the […]

HOA Responsibility For Neighbor-To-Neighbor Disputes & Harassment

Getting involved when residents in your association are having a dispute can be tricky territory. On one hand, you don’t want to meddle in their lives. On the other hand, regulations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) make community associations liable for taking prompt action to […]

How To Handle Neighbor Disputes In A Fair Manner

Whenever a group of people live near each other, disputes are bound to occur. Even if your community is a peaceful one, sometimes neighbors have issues with each other. However, if your Board knows how to manage neighbor disputes fairly, they do not have to escalate into an out-of-control situation.    Read the article…………………………..

Conflict Mitigation: When Someone Crosses the Legal Line

Community association leaders—boards and professional managers– were never given the memo that their job descriptions changed. Historically, much of the time invested in managing a community was directed towards fiscal management, fund handling, planning for and replacing infrastructure, and performing ongoing maintenance.     Read the article………………………………

How to do battle with your homeowners association

Homeowners’ Associations, also known as HOAs, are often necessary and helpful — especially in multi-unit dwellings or communities with a lot of common areas — but if you poll your neighbors about whether they enjoy living in one, you’ll likely receive mixed reviews.   Read the article……………………………….

What You Need to Know About Handling Conflicts of Interest on Your Michigan Condo Board

A condominium association is governed by its board of directors. In Michigan, it is common that members of a board of directors are uncompensated volunteers. It is also common that co-owners elect board members who have a particular set of skills or knowledge relevant to running a condominium, whether that be knowledge of accounting, construction, […]

Conflict Management: How to Handle When Things Get Out of Hand (FL)

Living in close quarters can—and often does—lead to conflict. In co-op, condo, and HOA communities, conflict can occur between residents, or between a resident and the board. And to complicate matters, a seemingly isolated conflict between residents may spill over to become a conflict between resident(s) and the board. What’s the key to resolving differences?  […]

How To Deal With The Rogue Board Member (MI)

The Board of Directors is charged with making the important decisions of the association. Whether it’s hiring a management company to deal with the day-to-day affairs of the association or making the tough decision to pass an additional assessment to cover the cost of an improvement, the actions of the Board affect every member of […]

Preparing your Community for Hostile Behavior

Community association board members and managers frequently practice diffusing tension and communicating clearly. Today, they also need to prepare safety and security plans in the event of hostile and dangerous behavior. Though worst-case scenarios are rare, in an increasingly uncertain climate, a renewed focus has been placed on safeguarding residents, volunteers, and employees.    Read the […]

My Neighbors Are Harassing Me—What Should I Do?

Dear Newsweek, I need advice on how to handle harassing neighbors. I purchased my townhome in 2018 and within the first week, my neighbor had complained that the previous homeowner didn’t maintain the landscaping, so as a sign of goodwill I cleaned up the area.   Read the article………………………..

Safety and security: Preparing your community for hostile behavior

Community association board members and managers frequently practice diffusing tension and communicating clearly. Today, they also need to prepare safety and security plans in the event of hostile and dangerous behavior. Though worst-case scenarios are rare, in an increasingly uncertain climate, a renewed focus has been placed on safeguarding residents, volunteers, and employees. Read the article………………………..

The Role of Community Associations in Owner vs. Owner Disputes (OH)

Like the Hatfields and the McCoys of yesteryear, one of life’s undeniable and consistent truths is that some people just cannot get along. This is often especially true in residential communities, where people are living in close proximity to each other and may have to interact with their neighbors on a regular basis. Too often, […]

Steps To Handle HOA Complaints

Q: We have one owner who spends hours every week writing pages of complaints dating back decades. Does a board have an obligation to continue to respond to the same rehashed grievances from a single owner?   Read the article………………………..

HOA dispute turns into major legal battle (FL)

There are many benefits associated with living in a community with a governing body. This group oversees the maintenance of common areas and protects the property values of residents. However, there are times when an HOA can overstep its bounds or take steps that result in a conflict with residents. Recently, a dispute between a […]

How Being Kind Can Lead to Success

Disputes and disagreements between board members, residents, community managers, staff members, and business partners are an inevitable part of living in a community association. While generating an atmosphere of kindness and respect might seem easier said than done, it can make for a more collaborative and positive environment for all. Being nice can really pay […]

Signs Reveal Feud In Darien Neighborhood (IL)

Signs in a high-end Darien neighborhood are evidence of a dispute over the leadership of its homeowners association.  Residents opposed to the Darien Club homeowners association’s board held a protest recently in Driftwood Park. Afterward, some demonstrators posted signs in their yards.   Read the article………………………..

Dispute Resolution In HOA: Resolving Conflicts The Right Way

It is important to practice proper dispute resolution in HOA communities. Unfortunately, the reality is that many homeowners associations still struggle with this aspect of management. When faced with a conflict, some boards implement a non-standardized way of dealing with it. This inconsistent approach to resolving disputes will only lead to more misunderstandings.    Read the […]

FL: Expert says condo retaliation against residents is common

Residents who try to hold condominium associations accountable are often subjects of retaliation, creating a culture of fear where rogue boards can run amok, said former Sunny Isles mayor and real estate attorney Dana Goldman.  Read the article………………………..

A condo board’s guide to fixing people problems

If the police are called to break up a fight at a board meeting, most directors will recognize that a problem has been allowed to escalate overtime. Fortunately, most condo boards will never find themselves in a situation such as this. Still, many other less dramatic yet problematic situations can go unrecognized and, if not […]

Handling community association disputes (FL)

You might be one of many Florida residents who live in a townhome, condominium or other community governed by a Homeowners Association. You probably already know that there are benefits as well as downsides to such arrangements. Numerous issues can spark HOA problems, which often involve more than one community resident.   Read the article………………………..

Appellate Division Affirms: Binding Dispute Resolution Provisions in Standard AIA Construction Contracts Are Enforceable (NJ)

In a recent unpublished opinion, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an agreement to arbitrate set forth in the binding dispute resolution provision in a standard form American Institute of Architects (AIA) construction contract between a condominium association and contractor was enforceable.   Read the article………………………..

Condo Column: The bully ‘round the corner (NH)

Bullying is not just in playgrounds anymore. News journalists and condominium columnists report on it more and more often and condominium attorneys see it more and more often and condominium owners certainly are subject to it more and more often.?   Read the article………………………..

These Co-op and Condo Boards Used Imagination to Avoid Litigation (NY)

Beset by rising fixed costs everywhere they turn — from facade repairs to property taxes, insurance premiums, green retrofits and staff payroll — co-op and condo boards sometimes overlook one area where they can actually control costs: legal fees. The key, say numerous lawyers, is to pursue dispute resolutions that avoid litigation. Translation: stay away […]

Common Homeowner Association Problems

So many homeowners have problems with their homeowner association. Whether you live in a condo, co-op, a townhome or subdivision, each version of a homeowner association has a set of common problems that everyone will face. Sometimes it’s mismanagement of the homeowner association itself or the association hires incompetent vendors to run and maintain the […]

How to Handle the Proverbial Association Bully

Community associations operate through Boards of Directors (the “Board”). Such Boards are tasked with certain duties and responsibilities that they must perform to ensure the success of the community. When dealing with bullies, carrying out these responsibilities and achieving their goals becomes exceptionally difficult. According to the American Psychological Association, bullies act in manners that […]

Tips for Developing an HOA Dispute Resolution Process

Disputes, as much as they are uncomfortable and inconvenient, are inevitable among homeowners. It is, therefore, important for associations to create a dispute resolution plan that they can refer to and enforce in a consistent manner when a dispute arises.   Read the article………………………..

What to Do If You’re Having Issues With an HOA (NY)

If you’re having issues with a homeowners’ association (HOA), carefully consider your options because litigation is a time-consuming, costly decision.  First, assess the merits of your claim. Specifically, review the HOA’s bylaws, declaration, and rules and regulations to see if your claim is in direct violation of any of these.    Read the article………………………..

How To Handle Neighbor Disputes In A Fair Manner

Disputes are an inevitable part of living in communities. When people live near each other, they are bound to disagree occasionally. As an association board member knows, disagreements between residents and the board happen often. However, disputes between neighbors are even more common.   Read the article………………………..

Having Trouble With Your HOA Along With Complaints? (CA)

Having the opportunity to live in a condominium, townhouse, or row home is a great benefit and challenge for people who live in a homeowners association. However, there are some common complaints about the way the Board of Directors of an association treats its members.   Read the article………………………..

Toxic People Are Sometimes Hard to See

One of the most dysfunctional organizations I have ever been involved with was a neighborhood homeowners association (HOA). The politics made the last national election look like child’s play, and for what? Actually, it’s what we used to call a power trip, but it’s really just the need to be righteous and lord over other […]

Defamation

In the past two years, I have seen a significant increase in ‘bad’ behavior among residents. Whether verbal altercations, email campaigns designed to intimidate and harass or yard signs with insulating messages. Managers and board directors are suffering with the stress, anxiety and fatigue of dealing with such behavior.  Read the article………………………..

Addressing the Epidemic of Bad Behavior

Across our client base, we have been witnessing an apparent uptick in incidents of bad behavior by community association owners and residents. Here are some examples:   Read the article………………………..

Handling Sensitive Complaints in Co-ops & Condos: Sex, Smells, & Nuisances

Conflict comes hand-in-hand with living in close quarters—and condominium and cooperative living is a prime example. Most dust-ups between neighbors involve run-of-the-mill issues like noise or hallway clutter, and can be settled with a cordial conversation between the parties involved—or with a mild nudge from the manager or board.  Read the article………………………..

Condo Owners Want More Power To Fight Their Homeowners Boards (HI)

As the Hawaii Legislature prepares for the 2023 session, scheduled to begin Jan. 18, a loose association of condominium owners is joining forces with a longtime advocacy organization to push to make Hawaii one of roughly half a dozen states in the U.S. with a third-party ombudsman to help settle condo disputes.   Read the article………………………..

Upset Community Association Members? Here’s What to Do (NC)

Board members often face complaints from property owners about things that aren’t against the community’s rules. This can be difficult for the board to handle because they may not be able to help resolve the issue. In this blog post, we will discuss some things board members can do when they receive complaints about something […]