Handling HOA-Related Conflict

Disputes involving HOAs are not a one-way street; individuals sometimes sue associations and sometimes associations sue individuals. Depending on the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) of your particular HOA, these disputes could stem from anything from having a car in the driveway to using the wrong paint to letting your grass grow too long to having the wrong color curtains in your window. When individuals sue associations, it's often over management of the HOA funds and dues.

What A Lawyer Can Do

If you disagree with the rules of your HOA, it's not necessarily easy to make changes. That's because new HOA rules or required expenses have to be passed by the board in order to be enacted. If you have CC&Rs within the property deed itself, things can get even trickier: You would have to go to court to remove the offending items.

While taking legal action for a Georgia HOA issue isn't always straightforward or easy, there are some situations where either individual homeowners or an HOA representative might want to enlist the services of a lawyer, including:

  • Discrimination or harassment
  • Contract violation
  • Potential misappropriation of funds

Disputes involving your HOA can be particularly stressful because they involve your neighbors, and in more severe cases, can even have an effect on your property values. Having an experienced HOA lawyer on your side can help lessen the impact to your life if you find yourself facing such a conflict.

Call Us To Discuss Your Situation

Are you being sued by your HOA or want to sue your association or another homeowner? Talk to an attorney first to determine your best course of action. Litigation is one way to move forward, but there could also be intermediate steps you could use to try to resolve your conflict alone. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Decatur firm, call 404-721-4837 or reach out online to tell us what's going on.