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March 2018 Archives

Lawsuit filed against against HOA over fines

California residents who have had disputes with their homeowners association might be interested in a case that is unfolding in another state. The company that owns a home in a neighborhood outside of Aspen, Colorado, Epic View, has filed a lawsuit against that neighborhood's HOA alleging that it was wrongfully fined by the HOA.

What to know about an HOA

California residents who are thinking about buying a home should consider the presence of a homeowners association prior to closing on a property. For some, having an HOA is the only way that they would consider buying a home. However, others may balk at the thought of following an organization's rules. One positive of being part of a homeowners association is that common areas are maintained by someone else.

Neighbors feud after long construction project

Neighboring couples in California do not get along after one party to the dispute did work to her home over a two-year period. The noisy construction work lasted into the evening hours in some cases, and the Los Angeles Police Department had to be called many times. The neighbors have restraining orders against each other, and one woman says that the other has put vulgar words and messages on a balcony and in the front yard.

New laws benefit HOA members

Homeowners' associations seem more like dictatorships rather than organizations meant to benefit the residents of a particular community, and not just here in California. If you have ever been at cross-purposes with your HOA, you may understand that sentiment. The law provides you with certain rights and protections, but that doesn't necessarily mean that your HOA follows them.

How light can cause conflict

California residents and others may find bright lights coming from a neighbor's house to be annoying. The good news is that homeowners can take action if a neighbor engages in what is known as light trespass. One way to reduce the odds of committing light trespass is to turn off lights when not in use or to use motion detectors.