Condos & Planned Communities

As in business matters, a proactive approach to disputes in condominium and planned communities goes a long way. Although court filing offers certain protections, it also imposes a court schedule. Parties who are able to negotiate a settlement outside of court often save both time and money.

Advising Your HOA

The Law Firm of William E. Otto offers legal services in disputes involving planned communities, including condominiums, townhouse condominiums and gated communities. Whatever problem you are experiencing, we are here to help and offer advice.

Protecting Your Rights

Disagreements may arise among members about the terms of their homeowners association. One common issue involves an HOA that prevents owners from renting out their units. We bring 35-plus years of experience to the task of interpreting the contractual rights of resident owners versus investment owners. Another issue is where unit owners simply do not pay their HOA dues. Perhaps the bylaws need to be changed. Perhaps the HOA should utilize enforcement tactics. The resolution to these issues depends on the unique circumstances of each community.

Preparing For The Unexpected

Unexpected liabilities may also surface in the planning stages, before a development is completed. In one example, the units in a planned community predated the discovery of deep well natural gas on the property, and consequently questions arose concerning the ownership of the oil and gas rights between the community and the developer. We guided the association through the process of obtaining the oil and gas rights to the common areas from the developer. All of this was accomplished in a nonconfrontational environment that preserved the association's relationship with the developer. It also resulted in a more rapid resolution than litigation could have, at a far lesser expense. In another example, a developer encountered unanticipated barriers from municipal authorities over matters of zoning and environmental compliance.

Get Answers To Your Commercial Real Estate Questions

Find out today why many clients, as well as brokers and other professionals, refer us for real estate disputes involving planned communities. Schedule a free consultation with us by calling 724-519-4211 or by completing our online contact form. We are located in Murrysville.