Common-interest communities are the fastest growing form of housing in the United States today. The number of homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in the United States skyrocketed from about 6,000 in 1970 to 157,300 by 2006. Planned-unit developments of single-family HOAs and cooperative apartments governed by condominium associations currently houses an estimated 62 million Americans.
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Community Association team have represented individual homeowners, as well as community associations and community association management all across the United States. We represent community, condo, and homeowner associations in matters including but not limited to:
- establishing and operating a Board of Directors
- homeowners’ association rules
- personal injury and premises liability claims
- construction litigation
- employment law
- rule enforcement and collections
Regarding individual homeowners, our Community Association team has made great legal strides for families dwelling within HOA communities. One such instance – a groundbreaking decision made by the Virginia Supreme Court that clarified an ambiguous provision of the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act ruled in our clients’ favor. The resulting decision allowed them to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
While we have the experience and know-how to take even the most complicated community association dispute through trial, we also understand the uniqueness of these disputes as they directly impact clients’ homes and communities. Therefore, we understand we must be approached these disputes differently compared to other types of lawsuits. We bring our considerable experience and unparalleled perspective to the table through all stages of the dispute resolution process, from the initial case evaluation to the settlement efforts, and ultimately the trial.