Owning real estate often means dealing with various issues related to that property. For some, that may simply mean maintaining the property and paying a mortgage and property taxes. For others, this may mean complying with certain regulations concerning their parcel of land. Specifically, if there is a Home Owners Association, property owners not only have dues but must also comply with the rules set by their HOA. Failing to do so could result in a real estate dispute.
According to recent reports, a family is Sarasota is dealing with a costly real estate matter concerning the fence they installed. Specifically, their HOA asserts that the fence does not comply with the size and type restrictions set by the HOA. This has resulted in the HOA fining the family $100 a day for the past two months. Additionally, they filed a lien against their home and even threatened a HOA foreclosure of their house.
The family stated that they installed their fence specifically for their adoptive son who is autistic. It was recommended by their doctor to install an un-climbable fence as a means to prevent the young boy from wandering off into the preserves and canals near their property. However, the family did not obtain permission before installing a fence that deviated from the HOA regulations.
This situation has prompted the family to file a fair housing complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At this time, there has been no resolution for this dispute, and it could either settle or go to trial.
Navigating a real estate dispute can be complex and costly. Thus, it is imperative that property owners understand the situation at hand and how to move forward. A legal professional could help provide guidance on the matter, helping one protect their rights and obtain a favorable resolution.