Keep the Peace with your HOA

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By: Bill Henry
PublishedMay 22, 2020
2 minute read

Most people don’t want to fight with their homeowners association about a home improvement project. Litigation attorney Boyd Rolfson tells you how you can keep the peace with your HOA in this quick-tip video.

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You’ve probably heard the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let me tell you about a little application of that phrase that I see in my practice.

I am an attorney with Robinson & Henry. My name is Boyd Rolfson. And, to me that phrase means a little bit of preparation and planning on the front end, can save you a lot of time and headache on the back-end.

And I think that’s especially applicable to what I see in my dealings with HOAs and working with them.

Real World Example

I have a lot of cases where people get frustrated because they plan a great project, such as installing a fence, perhaps building a deck, or planting landscaping, that will really beautifying and enhance their property and their house.

They get into it, and suddenly find out they don’t have approval from the homeowner’s association, and have the HOA asking them to remove these beautiful projects that they’ve spent time and money on.

Talk to Your HOA First

One way that you can apply that phrase to this situation with your homeowners association, is to go and try to seek approval before you begin any of these projects.

And this is the time of year, in spring, when we’re really thinking of those projects to improve your home and your yard. But, talk to your HOA, and seek prior approval.

Typical Pre-approval Process

Usually the process for that is, most homeowner’s associations have some sort of committee. Sometimes it’s called an architectural control committee, or a design review committee. I’ve even heard an engineering review committee.

And these committees will look at your project, or your proposal for your project, and give you written approval.

And with that written approval, suddenly you have proof that the project was approved, and you can move forward and build it with confidence that you’re not going to have problems later on.

Keep the Peace With Your HOA

You can avoid things like a dispute with your homeowners association, or even fines or a lawsuit or litigation, with them requesting you to remove the very thing that you’ve built to beautify your home.

So, take that advice, apply that ounce of prevention to be worth a pound of cure and help you avoid problems later on. Thanks.

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