Case Decisions

In this section you will find court case decisions that pertain to various HOA related issues.

“Res Judicata” Doctrine Bars Action – Homeowner Must Pay Costs & Expenses For Filing Frivolous Appeal

/ Case Decisions, Dispute Resolution
"Res Judicata" Doctrine Bars Action - Homeowner Must Pay Costs & Expenses For Filing Frivolous Appeal Tennessee Appellate Court decision (December 29, 2014). Following a failed real estate sales transaction, the homeowner sued her real estate agent and several other parties that were involved in the transaction. The trial court ...
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AK Bk Ct Says Homeowner Can’t Discharge Debts for HOA Dues After Filing of Bk

AK Bk Ct Says Homeowner Can't Discharge Debts for HOA Dues After Filing of Bk This case involved the issue of whether homeowners’ association fees and assessments that accrued after a homeowner had filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy were dischargeable. The homeowner had purchased a property in a development governed ...
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Alabama Ct Says HOA Action to Enforce Restrictive Covenant is Barred by 6 Yr. Statute of Limitations

Alabama Ct Says HOA Action to Enforce Restrictive Covenant is Barred by 6 Yr. Statute of Limitations In this case, in 2007, a homeowner purchased a property in a development that was subject to restrictive covenants created by the original developer of the subdivision. Shortly after purchasing the property, the ...
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Appellate Court Says HOA Debt Collection Letters Must Satisfy “The Least Sophisticated Debtor” Test

Appellate Court Says HOA Debt Collection Letters Must Satisfy “The Least Sophisticated Debtor” Test Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion (January 13, 2017). This case involved a dispute between a homeowner (“Homeowner”) and the attorneys for her homeowners’ association (“Association”), who were attempting to collect unpaid dues that were ...
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Arizona Court Rules Homeowner Must Comply with CC&Rs

Arizona Court Rules Homeowner Must Comply with CC&Rs UNPUBLISHED Arizona Appellate Court decision (December 10, 2015). This case involved a dispute between homeowners (“Owners”) and their homeowners association (“Association”) over an addition that Owners constructed to their separate interest property located within the common interest community operated by the Association ...
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Arizona Court Says Anti-Deficiency Judgment Protections Cannot Be Waived by a Borrower

Arizona Court Says Anti-Deficiency Judgment Protections Cannot Be Waived by a Borrower Arizona Appellate Court decision (August 13, 2015). This case involved issues pertaining to a deficiency judgment awarded to a lender following a judicial foreclosure proceeding. The trial court ruled that the property owner was liable to the lender ...
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Arizona Court Says HOA Cannot Exclude Director from Executive Session Meetings

Arizona Court Says HOA Cannot Exclude Director from Executive Session Meetings In this case, the board of directors of a homeowners association passed a motion to exclude a fellow board member who had been elected to the board by the homeowners from attending the board’s executive session meetings. Such action ...
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Association Member’s Attorney Properly Excluded from Board of Directors Meeting

/ Board of Directors, Case Decisions
Association Member's Attorney Properly Excluded from Board of Directors Meeting A California Fourth Appellate District Court ruled that a homeowners association properly excluded a member’s attorney from a meeting of the association’s board of directors. After the association’s board of directors refused to allow a member’s attorney to attend a ...
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CA Ct Orders Owners to Pay $1.2M+ for HOA Attorney Fees/Costs in Dispute re Unmeritorious Action

CA Ct Orders Owners to Pay $1.2M+ for HOA Attorney Fees/Costs in Dispute re Unmeritorious Action In this case, three owners of two different properties that were part of a common interest development consisting of over 800 parcels of land brought suit against the homeowners association to challenge various regulations ...
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CA Ct Says Unauthorized Installation of Hardwood Floors Created a Nuisance to Lower Unit

CA Ct Says Unauthorized Installation of Hardwood Floors Created a Nuisance to Lower Unit This case involved a dispute between a homeowners association and a member of the association who made unauthorized modifications to the flooring in his upstairs condominium unit. The association’s governing documents contained provisions that provide, “No ...
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