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How to File a Complaint Against Your HOA in California: Tips from an Experienced HOA Attorney

By: LS Carlson Law May 4th, 2023

Living in a homeowner association (HOA) in California can come with its challenges. Even with the best intentions, HOA boards and management companies can make mistakes or take actions that are not in the best interest of the community. If you find yourself in this situation, you may need to file a complaint against your HOA or make a formal demand on your HOA to attend alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Here's what you need to know.

Review Your HOA's Governing Documents
Before filing a complaint or demanding ADR, it's important to review your HOA's governing documents, including the bylaws, covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), and the Davis-Stirling Act. These documents will outline the rules and regulations that govern the HOA and provide guidance on how to file a complaint.

Gather Evidence
Once you've reviewed your HOA's governing documents, gather evidence to support your position. This may include written correspondence, photos, videos, and/or witness statements.

Follow the HOA's Complaint Procedure
Most HOAs have a formal complaint procedure that you must follow before taking legal action. This procedure may require you to submit your complaint in writing and provide supporting evidence. It may also require you to attend a hearing or meeting to present your case.

Contact an Experienced HOA Attorney
If you're unable to resolve your complaint through the HOA's complaint procedure, it may be time to contact an experienced HOA attorney. An attorney can review your case, provide legal advice, and prosecute your dispute accordingly.

At LS Carlson Law, we have more than 15 years representing homeowners in HOA disputes and can provide the guidance and advocacy you need to file a complaint against your HOA. Our experienced HOA attorneys can help you navigate the complex legal issues involved in HOA disputes and ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to learn more.

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