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August 2016 Archives

Discrimination in Your HOA: What's Illegal, and When Can You Sue?

Your home owner's association exists to help establish a set of norms for your neighborhood. The association can set numerous rules, including what color you can paint your front door, what animals you can keep in your yard or what type of trees you can plant. It serves to provide services to the community and to protect the property values of your neighbors' homes. However, when rules jump from from specific direction to discrimination, you have grounds to sue.

Suing a neighbor for creating a nuisance

In the old days, people in California lived far apart from each other, and most people enjoyed a great deal of privacy on their land. Today, houses are built right next to each other in populous cities, and people live very close to their neighbors. The closer neighbors are to each other, the easier it is for one neighbor to become a private or a public nuisance.

Why it's difficult to sue a farm

Farming makes up a large part of the economy in California, and the state's many farms may look idyllic to passersby. However, living right next to a large farm can be a much different reality than admiring a farm from the highway, and the experience can be anything but idyllic. People who live next to large farms may have to deal with strong odors from livestock, loud noises from farm machinery and even illnesses caused by pesticide clouds.

Handling neighbor disputes

Dealing with a neighbor dispute in California can be very frustrating, whether you are a homeowner involved in the dispute or are instead a homeowners association that is trying to deal with one. When you live next door to someone with whom you don't get along, the conflicts can be ongoing and can escalate, leaving you wondering whether and when the dispute will end.

Looking for some clarification on HOA board meetings?

If you've been a property owner in a California planned residential community for more than a brief period, you've likely given a bit of thought occasionally to the HOA board meetings that are periodically conducted and that intimately affect you and other association members.