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Homeowners associations (HOAs) are an increasingly common occurrence in the modern real estate landscape. These groups are typically charged with maintaining a series of rules that are, in theory, aimed at improving property value, preserving safety, and maintaining public areas in the community. However, the actual practices of some HOAs can turn the dream of homeownership into a nightmare.

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Community Guideline Enforcement

HOA membership is usually not optional. If someone buys a home in an HOA-run community, their membership is obligatory when they sign for the house. Additionally, it is usually impossible to see the terms of an HOA before purchasing a home. While HOAs are meant to be run by a board of peers, there are many stories out there about issues with the HOA and the difficulty that comes with fighting their enforcement.

HOA Issues

There is a stereotype of an HOA enforcement agent as a nosy person bringing a ruler with them to ensure that the lawns are precisely the correct height. However this cartoonish image is not always hyperbolic. There are entire companies that an HOA can hire with the express job of patrolling the community and searching for any and all infractions of the HOA bylaws. Once discovered, these violations can result in fines that can quickly pile up as they are usually compounded with each day that the issue is not resolved. This can quickly turn into a spiral of debt that can even result in the foreclosure of the home by the HOA.

Resolving HOA Conflicts

When someone runs into conflict with the HOA it can be challenging to effectively fight against the fines and charges. This is because HOAs may act as municipalities, setting speed limits in the community and enforcing their laws, they do not have any of the accountability of a government agency since they are a private enterprise. However, they are still held to certain federal laws. For example, an HOA cannot create or enforce bylaws that are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Fair Housing Act. In order to get the best possible result out of your HOA dispute, a real estate attorney should be consulted to fully appraise you of your options.

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Homeowners Associations Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a homeowners association?

A homeowners association (HOA) is an organization that creates and enforces rules and codes of conduct for members of a community. The community could be a subdivision of houses or condominiums and the HOA can also be tasked with maintaining spaces shared by the community.

2. What does a homeowners association help with?

A homeowners association exists in theory to preserve the value of properties in its community as well as maintain any public areas such as parks, pools, recreation centers, or outdoor cooking spots. In practice, an HOA can act as a private municipality, setting speed limits, dictating home maintenance standards, controlling the disposal of garbage, and even pursuing enforcement of these bylaws through the issuance of fines.

3. Who regulates homeowners associations?

In general, the HOA is self-regulated with the board making the majority of decisions with regard to the bylaws and practices of the HOA. However, there are still some federal oversights that regulate how an HOA operates. Laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act prevent HOAs from acting in discriminatory ways, while the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Freedom to Display the American Flag Act control certain practices of HOAs.

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