It isn't uncommon for those who live in homes controlled by homeowners associations to have disputes with that association on occasion. This happens often in California and around the country. However, one legal dispute between a homeowner and Avignon Villa Homes in Kansas has cost the two sides about $1 million collectively. The dispute started over the placement of a satellite dish as well as a decorative wall.
The conflict has been going on since 2012 when the man first moved into the community. According to a Kansas City Star investigation, roughly 20 percent of Americans lived in an HOA as of 2016. In many cases, those who make up the HOA boards are volunteers who aren't necessarily experienced in their roles. The role of the HOA is to provide maintenance and other upkeep services in exchange for a monthly fee.
Individuals who are having an HOA dispute may be able to resolve it without the need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. In some cases, it may be possible to put the matter to rest by having a conversation with the HOA board. This can be done by the homeowner alone or with the help of an attorney. Even if that initial conversation isn't successful, mediation may be a less expensive alternative to a trial.
Mediation may allow both sides to express their viewpoints and clarify what they are hoping to get out of a resolution. Generally speaking, all parties want to get a reasonable outcome in an affordable manner. A mediator may help the parties put their egos and emotions aside for a second and work toward an agreement that is mutually beneficial.