Off Topic – Battling My Homeowners Association & Neighbor Experience

offtopicgraphicsWritten by Robert Voss

I am writing this article from first hand experience about my Homeowners Association over numerous noise complaints and about another a unit having illegal hardwood flooring. This story has been on-going battle over these issues many years now and still continues today.

When I saw the tenant installing hardwood floors inside the unit above, I immediately contacted Property Management to make them aware of the situation. First, off the past owner never get approval from the HOA Board. Then the owner sold this unit to another owner who unknowing purchased the unit without disclosure or did not read the rules and regulations.

Because the HOA did not act properly on violation over the unapproved hardwood flooring no action was taken. Nothing was done and was swept underneath the carpet. The present owner assumed it was grandfathered in based on the HOA by doing nothing. I differ because there is no approved documentation for the illegally hardwood flooring for this unit in the file.

Every time there was a major noise violation, I contact Property Management and they sent it to the HOA Board. The board then sits on their hands like noting has happened. They are the one that does not have to live with it. If they were in my shoes, they would think otherwise.

I have had sent numerous email complaints to the HOA Board and Property Management. It has come to be that the board has set a precedent on this issue.

At one point, I consulted with an attorney and considered taking legal action against all parties involved. The attorney sent a notice to all parties involved. Only the HOA answered this notice. I was surprised to learn that the tenant and unit owner did not respond. In this day and age, most people are not considerate towards other people. The HOA came back with statue of limitation ran out. I beg to differ when it is still an on-going problem. Any further behavior by the board will cause them to have liability issues. I don’t think they really care at this point.

Finally, what I learned about this whole process is that don’t delay if the problem continues to see legal advice. Time is ticking. There is still a chance for the HOA and the unit owner to pay for monetary damages. The next option is selling my unit and finding a better place to live.

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Source of information: First hand experience



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