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HOA Responsibility for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes


Getting involved when residents in your association are having a dispute can be a difficult task. You may not want to get too involved in their lives; however, there are regulations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that make community associations liable for taking action to handle neighbor-to-neighbor disputes.

For more information on when HOAs are responsible for neighbor disputes, contact Tidewater Companies online or call us at (443) 548-0191.

When HOA Is Liable for Neighbor Disputes

When the issues below are present in a case of neighbor-to-neighbor harassment, the community association is liable. If the association does not take action, the owner is well within their legal rights to sue. Here are some cases that require HOA action:

  1. Harassment is because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability
  2. Harassment is severe or persistent
  3. The community association can conclude harassment was occurring
  4. The community association has the power to correct the harassment

How the Community HOA Can Handle Neighbor Disputes

Here are some ways the HOA can intervene to correct neighbor-to-neighbor disputes in the Owing Mills, MD area:

  1. Get legal counsel involved
  2. Write a letter to the offending resident
  3. Engage in 3-way mediation
  4. Impose a fine or sanctions
  5. Take legal action

Implement fair housing training & other preventative measures

HOA boards and community management associations should have the overall goal of trying to make it as easy and comfortable as possible for residents to live with their next-door neighbors.

Need more assistance with neighborly disputes? Contact Tidewater Companies online or call our team at (443) 548-0191.

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