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2 common kinds of disputes your HOA may encounter

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Real Estate Law

Many homeowners agree that living in a community governed by a homeowners’ association (HOA) offers a multitude of benefits. Homeowners often gain access to shared amenities, maintained common areas and a sense of uniformity in their neighborhood as virtues of such an arrangement.

However, disagreements can arise between homeowners and homeowners’ associations, even in the most idyllic settings. If you hold a position of authority in a HOA, it’s crucial to be familiar with the most common disputes that the association may encounter, along with suggestions for navigating them effectively.

Short-term rentals

The rise of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb has introduced a new layer of complexity for HOAs. Some homeowners view short-term rentals as disruptive, raising concerns about:

  • Noise
  • Temporary residents
  • Potential property damage

Others may, however, see them as a source of income or a way to fill vacant units.

Open communication and clear guidelines are crucial when handling this issue. HOAs can establish clear regulations regarding short-term rentals, such as:

  • Limitations on rental duration
  • Occupancy restrictions
  • Parking rules

Open forums can foster understanding between those who support and oppose short-term rentals, potentially leading to mutually agreeable solutions.

Pet rules

Pet ownership is a source of joy for many homeowners but may also lead to disagreements. Disputes may arise regarding:

  • Pet restrictions
  • Leash laws
  • The number of pets allowed per household

These disagreements can stem from concerns about noise, sanitation or potential damage to property. Implementing balanced pet policies that consider both pet owners’ rights and their neighbors’ concerns is essential. This might involve establishing breed restrictions based on safety or noise concerns, designating pet waste disposal areas and requiring leash laws in common areas.

Navigating disputes within an HOA requires effective communication, clear guidelines and a willingness to find common ground. By fostering open dialogue, acknowledging diverse viewpoints and seeking legal counsel when needed, HOAs can work towards creating a harmonious and thriving community for all residents.