Homeowner and condominium associations are becoming increasingly important in Virginia because the number and size of the communities operated by them is on the rise. As these associations grow in importance, so does the power they attempt to wield. In some cases, their behavior crosses the line and infringes on homeowners' legal rights.
In many cases, the association controls a number of the services that are available to property owners. Depending on how your association is set up, water, Internet service, community pool memberships, fitness club memberships and other services can all go through the association. In addition, associations often maintain control over the color of siding that can be used, the style of roofing shingle, the property owner's ability to modify the home's exterior or landscaping, and many other considerations.
Association members have certain rights under the Virginia Property Owners Association Act and the Virginia Condominium Owners Association Act. When homeowner associations overstep their authority and violate those rights, you have every right to challenge them. It is often difficult to take on these associations alone, and many people find it helpful to have a Virginia HOA law attorney there to help.
Loudoun County Condominium Association Claims Attorneys
At the law firm of Surovell Isaacs Petersen & Levy, our Fairfax homeowners association litigation attorneys provide strong representation to clients across Northern Virginia in all types of property owner rights cases. The primary focus for this area of our practice is on representing property owners, though we will accept select cases on behalf of homeowner associations and condominium associations.
In order for a homeowner association to take action against you, the correct procedure must be followed. There are certain rules that must be followed and provisions in the association bylaws that must be accommodated. Homeowners must be given adequate notice regarding any action that is to be taken against them, and they have the right to be heard on any matter regarding their property.
Our firm also represents clients in complex foreclosure matters. In some cases, a home will be foreclosed on and the bank will not transfer ownership out of the former owner's name. Former owners often continue to be charged association dues and other fees that are no longer their responsibility because they no longer own the home. If you find yourself in this situation, our lawyers can help to ensure that the deed has been properly filed and that ownership of the property has been transferred out of your name.
Discuss Your Case With a Virginia Lawyer Today
The attorneys at Surovell Isaacs Petersen & Levy are prepared to help you resolve any property owner dispute. We have experience handling these matters before association boards, in court and in any other venue that may be required. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach us by phone at 703-648-8279 or simply contact us online.