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If you are in charge of a newly developed HOA, or home owners association, you will want to consider retaining an association attorney. Even if you think that you have things under control and that the guidelines and HOA rules seem to cover everything you can think of, you are still going to want to retain an attorney. To help you understand why it is best to always have an attorney that you can reach out to on behalf of the HOA, you will want to continue reading.
The Attorney Will Proofread New Contracts
Before you give a contract to any of the residents in the community, you are going to want to sure that your full intent is detailed in the contract. You also want to make sure that you are not accidentally taking away any rights that the tenants should have. You will also want to make sure that you are not incidentally taking away any of your rights as the HOA to govern and fine residents that blatantly break the rules. This is why it is so important for an attorney to proofread any documents or contracts that you put together. The wrong word used in the wrong spot and in the wrong context could cause you some legal problems in the future.
They Can Try to Diffuse Problems
If a tenant, or previous tenant, decides that they have a problem with the HOA and some actions that were taken, they might want to make a complaint. It is best to let your attorney handle the disgruntled tenants so that a simple complaint does not turn into something much more serious, such as a lawsuit. Even if the HOA did not do anything wrong, a legal battle is always costly and should be avoided if at all possible. Sometimes, when the disgruntled tenants already know that the HOA is represented by an attorney, they are less likely to want to cause trouble.
With those few points in mind, you should find that it is going to be a lot easier for you to get HOA approval for the expense of an association attorney. If anyone on the council does not fully grasp the importance of this type of professional, you will want to provide them with the information that you learned here. All you will then need to do is spend a little time checking out the available association attorneys in your area.Share
7 August 2019