HOA & COA Disputes

Tampa HOA & COA Disputes Attorneys

At Law Offices of Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A., we understand that disputes involving Homeowners Associations (HOA) and Condominium Owners Associations (COA) can be both complex and distressing. Our team of seasoned business attorneys offers highly experienced legal help in navigating these intricate matters to deliver resolutions that serve the interests of Florida HOAs and COAs. 

Reach us on our online contact form or call (888) 621-8820 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Tampa HOA & COA dispute lawyer. We also serve clients in Ft. Lauderdale and Tallahassee.

Florida Homeowners Associations & Condominium Owners Associations Regulations

Florida Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Condominium Owners Associations (COAs) are governed by a complex web of statutes, regulations, and legal precedents that dictate their operation, governance, and interaction with members. 

Understanding these laws is crucial for associations and their members to ensure compliance, avoid legal disputes, and maintain a harmonious community environment.

These laws and regulations can include: 

  • Florida Statutes Chapter 720: It governs the operation of HOAs in the state, detailing everything from how associations can be formed and operated to members' rights and responsibilities. It covers covenant enforcement, dues collection, board and member meetings, financial reporting, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Florida Statutes Chapter 718: Also known as the "Condominium Act," this chapter specifically addresses the creation, operation, and management of condominiums in Florida. It outlines rules for board governance, maintenance, budgeting, insurance requirements, assessments, and unit owners' rights. It also establishes the framework for resolving disputes between owners and the association.
  • Florida Statutes Chapter 617: This chapter provides the general corporate statutes that apply to not-for-profit corporations, which include most HOAs and COAs. It covers corporate structure, board elections, meetings, and record-keeping requirements.

The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes regulates condominium and homeowners associations. Part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, it provides education, resolves disputes, and enforces compliance with the laws governing these associations. 

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What Sparks HOA & COA Disputes?

Disputes within HOA and COA contexts often arise from disagreements over interpreting and enforcing rules, regulations, and responsibilities. Disputes between associations and individual members are common, and disputes can also occur between associations and other entities. We’re here to help HOAs and COAs find well-tailored, efficient, and effective solutions.

These disputes can include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment disputes: Disagreements over the amount or legality of fees charged by the association.
  • Maintenance issues: Conflicts concerning the association's responsibility for maintenance and repairs.
  • Architectural control: Disputes arising from property modifications and the association’s architectural guidelines.
  • Board governance: Issues related to board elections, governance practices, and member rights, including election disputes, recall petitions, and conflicts over proposed changes to the association’s declaration, bylaws, or rules and regulations.
  • Common area use: Conflicts over the use, access, and regulation of common areas within the community.
  • Noise complaints: Disputes stemming from noise policies and their enforcement.
  • Disputes over interpretation of Florida HOA and COA law: These can notably include conflicts regarding the rights and responsibilities of the association versus those individual members. 
  • Disputes with developers: These can involve issues such as construction defects, warranty claims, or the transition of the association's control from the developer to the unit or parcel owners. Disagreements may also arise over the developer's financial contributions or obligations towards the association.
  • Disputes with the unit or parcel owners: Common disputes include those over assessments, fines, and the use of common areas. Conflicts related to maintaining units or parcels as dictated by the association's governing documents might also occur.
  • Disputes with contractors or vendors: These could arise from contractual disagreements, dissatisfaction with the quality of work performed, or disputes over payment terms and conditions. Such conflicts often pertain to maintenance or improvement projects within the community.

Resolving Disputes

Effective dispute resolution requires a thorough understanding of both the specific circumstances of the dispute and the applicable legal framework. Navigating HOA and COA disputes requires a strategic approach tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. 

Steps towards resolution can include:

  • Consultation and review: Understanding the association's governing documents to clarify rights and obligations.
  • Mediation: Facilitating dialogue between parties to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Legal representation: When necessary, robust legal representation to defend your rights in court or arbitration settings.

Why Choose Law Offices of Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A.?

Turning to a Tampa HOA & COA dispute attorney at our firm means enlisting a firm with decades of experience in business law, including the specific nuances of HOA and COA disputes. 

We offer extensive knowledge and skill in managing and resolving disputes of all scales and complexities. Our team tailors strategies to your HOA or COA needs and objectives, ensuring personalized attention and solutions. We bring you a history of successful dispute resolution founded on understanding these Tampa communities' laws, regulations, and dynamics. 

Our firm is committed to representing your interests and achieving the best possible outcome for your situation.

Contact us online or at (888) 621-8820 to request a free case review today.

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