When homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) find themselves on opposite sides in a dispute, the tension and left-over bad blood can linger for years. Homeownership is not a short-term relationship. If you approach these disputes in the right way, both parties can return to normalcy no matter the result. How that turns out can depend on one crucial question:
Who is right?
On each side of a debate, one side is right and one side is wrong. The problem is, who is right and who is wrong is entirely dependent on perspective. There are remarkably few clear-cut right-and-wrong scenarios in conflicts. Occasionally, homeowners violate the HOA bylaws. Sometimes, HOA board-members abuse their position. And no one believes they’ve done the wrong thing.
However, when you dig deep enough, there is often a truth to find. A legal fact or action that places one party in a dispute in the superior legal position. If you hold the superior legal position, you must move to protect your rights.
How can you preserve the relationship between the homeowner and HOA?
That is a matter for the parties involved. In some disputes, with a proper attitude, the parties can put extremely contentious disputes can be placed in the past. This is possible even when dealing with something as personal as one’s home. It is a matter of:
- Setting boundaries
- Minimizing communication between the parties
- Staying professional
- Keeping discussions on the matter at hand
Often, disputes between two parties are a culmination of difficulties. Treating litigation this way is a sure way to create strife. However, if all along the dispute was completely professional and focused, there is ample opportunity to move on amicably afterward.