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Playing with Fire

Few association budgets can accommodate the huge sums of money required to pursue or defend a lawsuit, and no one is happy to see an association’s money spent on lawyers.

Beyond the expense, a lawsuit can put you and your neighbors through the emotional wringer and create irreparable damage to personal relationships as well as obstacles to effective governing.

The best way to spare your community such trauma is by studying your community’s governing documents, understanding your legal responsibilities and staying alert for these common legal predicaments.

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Meeting Moment – Specific Notice

It is not unusual for owners at an annual homeowners meeting to make motions about issues that aren’t listed on the agenda.  For example, a motion to amend the bylaws.  Or, at a special meeting called to amend the bylaws, an owner might make a motion to recall the board.

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How to tell if a home is part of an HOA

Mike HunterQ: I owned a condominium and then a house that both had homeowners’ associations. Rules were not enforced, many owners were delinquent with their payments, and it was unpleasant – especially with the section where my house was. I sold both of them and am looking to buy a house that is not part of an HOA. At what point is a real estate agent, or the owner if the house is for sale by owner, required to tell me if the community has a mandatory HOA? When I am told there is none, can I ask for it in writing? Is there some way I can check on my own to verify there is no HOA before I go look at a house?

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