How to Express Grievances to an HOA Board of Directors

If you have a grievance against your homeowners’ association, you may want to file a complaint. However, if you are like many homeowners within a homeowners’ association (HOA), you may be unsure how to broach said complaint and have it resolved effectively. After all, you may have heard horror stories about other residents wishing to do the same and that sometimes these matters are resolved in the HOA’s favor. If you are in a situation in which you wish to express a grievance but want the grievance given adequate attention and thought, contact your Glendale HOA property management services for advice and assistance.

Review the Rules

First and foremost, if you hope to prevail in a homeowners’ association dispute, you need to know the rules. This means that you should review the covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), bylaws, and policies prior to filing your formal complaint. A firm understanding of the rules can help you avoid any frivolous complaints, as well as lodge complaints for which you have solid evidence.

Make Sure to Get Everything in Writing

It is not unheard of for HOA disputes to involve legal action or to go to court. In fact, because of how staunch homeowners’ associations can be in their position, an HOA dispute may move towards legal action if not resolved after some time. You can begin building your case ahead of time by ensuring that everything is in writing—from your lodging the complaint to your response to the HOA’s response. By getting everything in writing, you can avoid “he said, she said” scenarios.

Do Not Argue With the Rule

If there is a rule in place that you dislike, or if you wish to dispute an activity that is clearly condoned via the bylaws, CC&Rs, or rules and regulations, know that you are likely wasting your time and resources. Before agreeing to live in the community, you knew what was and was not forbidden. Moreover, you and other residents are given ample opportunity to review proposed regulations and object to them before enactment. If you agreed to a condition before buying a home, and/or if you failed to voice your opinion regarding a rule prior to its enactment, this leaves little ground to stand on.

Do Not Stop Paying Your Dues

No matter how upset you are over a rule, bylaw, or other governing law, you should always make your necessary assessment payments and any fees associated with late payments. Your failure to do so can lead to fees, liens, and even foreclosure. If, after the issue is resolved, it turns out you were overcharged, you may request a refund later.

Consult Your Property Management Services

If you have an issue with your HOA, the best thing you can do is consult with your Glendale HOA property management services. City Property Management Company can help you better understand your rights and exercise them within the confines of the law. Contact our team today to learn more.

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