South Florida Condo Association Attorney Serving Hollywood
Many new developments in Florida are townhouse and condominium communities, rather than traditional neighborhoods of detached, single family homes. In many of these communities as well as communities of detached homes, homeowner’s associations are in place. Sometimes, these associations are known as cooperative associations or condo associations, but they all serve the same purpose: to promote community harmony by upholding rules about land use, decorative choices, and general rules for the community.
Sometimes, though, the rules imposed by homeowner’s associations (HOA) can go too far, infringing on homeowners’ rights. If you have been served with a complaint from your HOA or you are facing a dispute with other members of your community regarding your personal choices about your home, retain an experienced Hollywood & South Florida homeowner’s & condo association attorney to determine and defend your rights. You might have the right to make certain choices that you were not aware you could make. You might also have grounds to take legal action against the party who has harassed you.
Your Rights as a Homeowner in a Condo Association
In Florida, HOA rules are governed by Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes. Before you purchase a home in a community with an HOA, read through this chapter to educate yourself about your rights as a homeowner. It is important to remember that there is no government agency tasked with upholding these laws and instead, they are enforced by elections and recalls within individual communities, which are regulated by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation.
Note that when a new state law is passed, it does not change the rules you are bound to follow in your HOA contract unless your contract’s language specifically states that it is subject to change with changes to Chapter 720.
You have the right to take legal action against your HOA if you feel it violated the rules included in your HOA agreement or applicable state laws.
Resolving a Homeowner’s Association Dispute
If you are involved in an HOA dispute, you may file a lawsuit against the HOA. To do this, you may also be required to complete a pre-trial meditation session, which could result in you resolving your conflict with the HOA. Speak with your lawyer about resolving problems through mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution, rather than going to court. This can save you time, money, and allow you to avoid damaging your relationships with other members of your community.
Work with an Experienced Florida Homeowner’s Association Rights Attorney
As a homeowner living in a condominium, you are likely subjected to rules that individuals who are not part of homeowner’s associations face. These rules exist to protect property values and the individuals in the community, but sometimes, they infringe on individual homeowners’ rights. If you are involved in a dispute with your homeowner’s association, work with an experienced Hollywood homeowner’s association attorney. Contact The Law Offices of Steven A. Mason, P.A. today to set up your initial consultation with our firm.