HOA Fee Disputes

HOA fee disputes occur when homeowners disagree with the fees charged by their homeowners association. These fees cover communal expenses such as maintenance, repairs, insurance, and amenities within the community.

Common Causes

  • Lack of transparency in fee calculations
  • Perceived mismanagement of funds by the HOA board
  • Disagreements over the necessity of certain expenses
  • Changes in homeowners’ financial circumstances leading to inability to pay fees
  • Misunderstandings about the purpose of specific fees

CC&R Violations Disputes

CC&R violations disputes arise when homeowners are accused of violating the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R) set by the HOA. These rules govern property appearance, use, and maintenance within the community.

Common Causes

  • Misinterpretation or ignorance of CC&R guidelines
  • Disputes over subjective interpretations of CC&R rules
  • Allegations of selective enforcement by the HOA board
  • Failure to receive timely notices or warnings about violations
  • Conflicts arising from changes in CC&R rules or enforcement policies

Board Governance Disputes

Board governance disputes involve disagreements between homeowners and the HOA board regarding its decision-making processes, transparency, or adherence to governing documents.

Common Causes

  • Lack of communication or transparency from the HOA board
  • Allegations of board members abusing their power or acting without proper authority
  • Disagreements over major decisions such as budget allocations or policy changes
  • Perceived conflicts of interest among board members
  • Dissatisfaction with the overall leadership or management style of the board


What is HOA mediation?

HOA mediation is a voluntary process where an impartial mediator facilitates discussions between homeowners and the HOA to resolve disputes without going to court.

How does HOA mediation work?

During HOA mediation, both parties present their grievances, and the mediator helps them explore potential solutions. If an agreement is reached, it is usually documented in writing and may be legally binding.

Is HOA mediation legally binding?

While agreements reached in HOA mediation can be legally binding if both parties agree and sign a written agreement, participation in mediation itself is typically voluntary.

How long does HOA mediation take?

The duration of HOA mediation varies depending on the complexity of the dispute and the willingness of both parties to cooperate. Some cases may be resolved in a single session, while others may require multiple meetings.

Who pays for HOA mediation?

The cost of HOA mediation is usually shared between homeowners and the HOA, although this may vary depending on the specific circumstances and governing documents of the association.

Can any dispute be mediated?

While many types of disputes can be mediated, some issues, such as criminal activities or disputes involving third parties, may not be suitable for mediation and may require legal intervention.

Can I bring a lawyer to HOA mediation?

Homeowners participating in HOA mediation are typically allowed to have legal representation if desired, although the role of lawyers in mediation may be limited compared to litigation.

What happens if mediation fails?

If mediation fails to resolve the dispute, homeowners may choose to pursue other avenues such as arbitration or litigation to seek a resolution.

How do I request HOA mediation?

Homeowners interested in HOA mediation typically need to submit a formal request to the HOA board or its designated representative, outlining the nature of the dispute and their desire to participate in mediation.