While not always the case, most owners of a residential condominium will be a member of a private association. Known as the homeowner's association, or HOA, it can be responsible for everything from security to repairs to maintenance.
Some condo owners never run into trouble with their HOA, while others always seem to be butting heads for one reason or another.
Above all else, it is important to understand the function of the HOA. This gives you a better idea of what to expect from the association, as well as what you have to deal with on your own.
It is a common myth that condo associations have the ability to handle all matters that come to light. This is not true, as they can only deal with issues that are explicitly addressed in the HOA documents.
Many people make the mistake of believing that the best way to deal with a problem is to withhold payment. While this is your right, withholding your HOA payment for an extended period of time could lead to serious legal trouble.
You should do your best to get along with your condo HOA. This will make life much easier on you, as you have to deal with the association on a regular basis.
If you have run into trouble with your HOA, regardless of the reason, you need to know your rights. Our website provides plenty of information on this subject matter. You can begin your search for advice on our "New York City Condo Conversion Lawyers" webpage, as well as our blog.