HOA/Condo Dispute Lawyer
More Than 35 Years of Real Estate Law Experience
Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) and condominium (condo) associations can play an important role in maintaining property values and ensuring that all member residents are entitled to the full enjoyment of their properties. However, a bad HOA or other community association can actually reduce the value of property, cause residents to spend unnecessary money and time, and generally make it impossible to actually enjoy the house you purchased.
If you have been harmed by the negligent or malicious conduct of an HOA or condo association, or if you represent an HOA and you are facing legal challenges brought by overly litigious residents, the HOA/condo dispute attorneys at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd. are ready to help. We have more than 150 years of combined litigation experience across a wide range of legal arenas, and decades of practice in residential real estate law.
What is an HOA/Condo Lawyer?
HOA/Condo lawyers specialize in disputes involving community associations or common interest developments. Community associations are non-governmental organizations comprised of members that govern the homes in their communities, including by imposing restrictions on the use and transfer of member properties. HOA/condo legal disputes can arise for many reasons, including failure to repair private or common areas, disputes over common area usage, disputes over construction and use of property, harassment of members, discrimination against certain members, disputes between neighbors over the use and enjoyment of property, selective enforcement of HOA rules, and negligence.
Illinois HOA Laws
A number of Illinois laws pertain to HOAs and other common interest community associations. HOAs and members must adhere to these rules or face potential penalties from either members or the government. The seasoned Illinois HOA attorneys at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee are well-versed in all of the rights and responsibilities of community associations and their members. Relevant laws include, but are not limited to:
- The Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act, which regulates the operation and management of community associations
- The Illinois Condominium Property Act, which governs the formation, operation, and management of condo developments in the state
- The Illinois Human Rights Act, which protects Illinois residents from discrimination in real estate transactions, access to financial credit, and other areas
How Can Our HOA/Condo Lawyers Help You?
If you own or lease a house or condo subject to the purview of an HOA, condo association, or other community association, you have rights guaranteed by the community agreements as well as by local and state law. When an HOA violates those rights or unfairly targets you for persecution, you have the right to fight back. With the help of a knowledgeable HOA/condo dispute attorney, you can enjoy the full use of your home, protect the value of your investment, and seek repayment of exorbitant association fees and special assessments that were leveled unjustifiably.
The HOA/condo lawyers at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee will help you hold HOAs guilty of harassment or discrimination accountable, protect your home from unjustified foreclosure or eviction, refute exorbitant fee levies, protect your property from attachment, and otherwise ensure that overbearing or unscrupulous community associations do not take advantage. We’ll respond to legal demands, investigate alleged violations, help with neighbor disputes, and represent you in both litigation and alternative dispute settings including arbitration and mediation.
We are also available to help HOAs and condo associations deal with problematic members and other legal disputes. We can assist with a range of services, including:
- Drafting and distributing HOA violation notices
- Responding to HOA or condo association dispute letters
- Pursuing eviction actions
- Foreclosing on HOA member houses or condo liens
- Collecting unpaid assessments and other dues
- Representing community associations in arbitration, mediation, and litigation
Reach Out Today for Assistance With a Homeowners’ Association or Condo Legal Dispute in Chicago
If you want to protect your rights as a tenant or homeowner, or avoid unnecessary liability as an HOA or other community association representative in the Chicago area, contact an HOA/condo dispute lawyer at Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd. for a consultation, in Hoffman Estates at 847-310-0025, or in Des Plaines at 847-298-5030.