Homeowners' Association Member Rights

Homeowners' Association Member Rights

When you purchase a home, common interest development, planned unit development, or co-op, you may automatically become a member of the Homeowners' Association (HOA). This organization is made up of all the people who own property in the same development. The Homeowners' Association can have authority regarding how your property can be used.

When deeds are transferred to houses in new developments, there are always certain limitations on how the property can be used and decisions are in the hands of the Homeowners' Association. These limitations are called covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs).

It is important to make sure the CC&Rs are in sync with your lifestyle. Some CC&Rs can limit the color of paint you can use on your house, the visibility of curtains/blinds from the street, and even how you landscape your front yard. Some can even go to the extent of requiring that laundry be dried indoors instead of outdoors or restrict basketball hoops or parking oversized vehicles in the driveway.

Before you purchase a property, read and review the CC&Rs carefully. Once you own the property and move in, it is difficult to be relieved of CC&Rs. You will need to submit an application for a variance, get permission from neighbors, and attend a formal hearing. Making structural changes to your property, such as adding a room or building a fence, can be even more difficult. Not only will you need permission from the association, but you will need to comply with the city's zoning rules.

Disputes between members and the Homeowners' Association are rare but do occur. Sometimes, these disputes are easily settled with a strong letter by a lawyer. Other times, however, further mediation or arbitration may be required, including a lawsuit, when it comes to the following challenges:

Homeowners' Association lawyers provide legal representation to homeowners with disputes. They can help solve internal disputes, interpret government documents, insurance, liability and improvements. Lawyers can also assist homeowners in case of sidewalk, plumbing, construction defects, general disturbance or issues with a neighbor's dog.

Homeowners' Association law can be difficult to interpret. If you are experiencing a dispute and need a lawyer to help you with a Homeowners' Association law contract, contact Attorney Search Network today. We can help you find a lawyer in your area that can make a difference in your case.

If you have any questions about the information provided above, please contact Attorney Search Network.

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