As one of the millions of Americans across Texas and the United States who must abide by the rules of a condo or homeowner’s association, you may have certain guidelines governing you with regard to painting, maintenance and so on. You may, too, have had some type of disagreement with your HOA at some point or another, whether it be about parking, tree branches, fencing or what have you. At Kelsey, Kelsey & Hickey, PLLC, we recognize that fighting your homeowner’s association is often an uphill battle, and we have helped many Texas homeowners involved in HOA disputes pursue solutions that meet their needs.

According to U.S. News & World Report, about 72 percent of people who live within condo or homeowner’s associations have experienced issues at some point that they found difficult to resolve. While it can prove difficult for a homeowner to go toe-to-toe with an entire board and find success, there are certain steps you can take while preparing to fight your HOA that may make you more likely to find a favorable solution.

First, one of the most important things you can do is to learn your homeowner’s association’s rules and guidelines backwards and forwards. That way, you can make an honest assessment of whether you are the one in error, and if not, you can mount an appropriate defense of your actions. If your homeowner’s association is trying to get you in trouble for something you know to be false or inaccurate, ask for clarification in writing about exactly what rule you broke and how.

You will also want to keep careful notes about all of your interactions with your HOA regarding your issue. Make sure to log the dates and times you spoke with board members, and if you send any letters or emails, make sure to save copies of them for yourself. You can find more about real estate disputes on our webpage.