What to Do if the HOA Denies Your Improvement Request

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By: Bill Henry
PublishedFeb 17, 2022
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When the HOA denies your improvement request you may think there is nothing else you can do. Well, that might be the case, but don’t give up right away. In this article, we offer some guidance for homeowners in this very situation.

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When the HOA Denies Your Improvement Request

It’s a common problem for homeowners around Colorado: you look forward to making some upgrades to your property only to have your plans quashed when the HOA denies your improvement request. Perhaps the HOA refused to grant your improvement request altogether or they are not in total agreement with it. So what can you do? The answers may lie within your HOA’s governing documents.

Step One: Check Your HOA Bylaws

The first thing you will want to do when the HOA denies your improvement request is to look at your governing document. You may be surprised to find that you actually do have the authority to make the changes you requested and that the HOA is overstepping its authority. In that case, pointing out this language to your HOA board may be all you need to do to proceed with your project.

If the HOA still refuses to reverse its decision, a strongly worded demand letter from an HOA attorney could be effective. Demand letters are an effective and economical legal tool to bring about a resolution.

Step Two: Request a Variance

Now, what if you discover the HOA has the right to refuse the sort of improvement you want to make? Well, depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to a variance.

A variance is a request to deviate from the bylaws that would allow you to pursue your improvement plans.

Generally speaking, your HOA cannot arbitrarily render improvement decisions. If the HOA has approved similar variances in the past, then it should apply the same decision-making reasoning to your request, especially if it’s less extreme than those previously granted.

Making a variance request will be very fact-intense, so having an attorney to research the facts of your circumstance will help.

Get Help with Your HOA Dispute

Having your HOA deny your improvement project is frustrating. Our HOA attorneys can discuss with you what options you have to encourage a resolution. Call 303-688-0944 to start your case assessment.

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