Developing residential communities and setting up homeowner associations and property regimes is a complex process requiring strict adherence to the specific rules and a wide variety of laws governing those transactions, which are subject to change over time. Every party to the process – developer, HOA, and individual owners – is impacted by the agreements and other legal documents put in place. These governing documents may be difficult to understand, and lawyers can assist with more difficult terms, as well as assisting in interpretation. Retaining a lawyer experienced and skilled in these areas is critical to success.
Once a community is developed and an HOA is established, other issues will arise related to the management of the property that requires sound, experienced legal counsel, including HOA board governance, HOA meetings, construction defects, property disputes, architectural design standards, enforcement of covenants and rules, and collection of dues and fees.