Experienced Help with California Homeowner Association Laws
Put a highly qualified legal team in your corner
Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP represents both homeowners and homeowners associations and condominium owners associations. Our committed team of lawyers provides proactive legal guidance to prevent homeowner disputes in California. In many cases, this involves drafting comprehensive and clear documents. However, in the event that a dispute arises, we are prepared to enter litigation.
Homeowners association issues that we handle
If you are the manager of a homeowners association or condominium association and are having problems with your members, Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP may be able to help. We specialize in resolving the following types of issues:
- Collecting unpaid or late common charges and association charges
- Lawsuits and foreclosure actions to collect unpaid charges
- Enforcement of declarations of covenants and bylaws against community members that are non-compliant
- Negotiations with, and lawsuits against, sponsors and builders
- General association legal issues, including city and state government matters.
Homeowner association laws in California
Most people do not realize the amount of control a homeowners association or condominium association can lawfully exercise over community members. In California, homeowners associations are governed by bylaws and a declaration of covenants. The bylaws establish the manner in which the association is run, and the covenants set forth restrictions on the use of property. This includes substantial matters, such as the size and style of home that can be constructed, and more mundane matters such as the number of cars that can be stored on a property, whether laundry lines can be used and the types of facades that can be installed.
If you purchased real estate in a community with homeowners association or condominium association rules that are interfering with your use and enjoyment of your property, our firm may be able to assist you. Generally, if the rule or regulation being imposed on you is reasonable and rationally related to the homeowners association’s interests in protecting member property, it is enforceable.
Although this general rule was established by the California Supreme Court in the Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Association Inc. case, a challenge can still be posed in many instances. Thus, working with experienced counsel is important to determine your rights and how to exercise them most effectively.
Receive skilled counsel from a well-established real estate law attorney
At Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP, we have the experience, knowledge and skill to provide clients with the highest level of legal care. Our practice is concentrated in San Mateo County and San Francisco, but we also represent clients in the Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout Northern California. Conveniently located at the intersection of Route 92 and U.S. 101, we offer evening and weekend appointments as needed. For a complimentary consultation, contact us today at (650) 341-2900 or leave a brief message on our contact page.