Month: January 2008

Denying a Member’s Request

One type of request a member may make to the board is to modify the member’s home. From the association’s perspective, a board or committee may deny that request for reasons such as obstruction of views and maintaining the uniform aesthetics of the community. Members often see a denial as unfair and against their rights…

Defamation Lawsuits

Defamation is the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressively stated or implied to be factual, that may harm the reputation of an individual. In a community association context, defamation lawsuits typically arise when an association distributes information on delinquent members. You can distribute the names of members who are delinquent in…

Parking Rules & Enforcement

Another source of disputes for many community associations is parking rules. When rules are implemented to distribute limited resources, such as parking spaces, or to preserve the community’s appearance by prohibiting commercial vehicles, members may seek an exception to those rules or interpret the rules in their favor. Tensions may rise, and lawsuits may occur…

A Survey of Cases and Tips to Minimize Member-Initiated Lawsuits

Your association’s board is often called upon to make judgments about various important community issues. Sometimes board judgments can lead to lawsuits when members feel that their rights were trounced upon or that a board decision negatively affects them. The Insider put together this special issue to survey situations in the past two years when…