When you purchase a property here in Melbourne, one of the questions you need to ask is whether there is a home owners' association (HOA) for the area. If there is, you might want to dig into it before you sign the contract on the home. While there are some HOAs that aren't intrusive, there are some that nitpick the homeowners.
It is important that the HOA has rules about what is acceptable. Some of these rules, however, might go violate your constitutional rights. You should find out about this before you purchase the home and have some major unwelcome surprises. For example, you might not be able to fly an American flag to show support to your military family members or you may not be able to erect a swingset for your children.
Knowing the HOA rules ahead of time can help you determine whether you can comply with the bylaws. It also gives you an idea of what penalties you may face if you don't comply with them. We can also ascertain whether the tenets included in the HOA terms are lawful. You might realize that there are some restrictions you must fight because they violate your rights.
Some homeowners might have disagreements with the HOA. When this happens, ownership of your house might be in jeopardy since there are often lien clauses that could lead to the HOA filing a lean against your property. We can represent your interests in any legal proceedings and battle against the HOA if there are conflicts that escalate to this level.