Arbitrator: HOA boards bear specific legal responsibilities

04/9/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

When a homeowners association isn't meeting its duties to repair issues and maintain common property areas, it's best for homeowners to attend board meetings en masse instead of contacting the association's management company, arbitrator Donie Vanitzian writes. "Owners should put the board on notice that failure to make repairs is a potential liability to the association," Vanitzian writes. "If no visible progress occurs, individual owners or any group of owners may choose to enforce the board's obligations to repair by filing a lawsuit against the association and its directors."

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