If you’re living in a condominium, town house, or housing complex anywhere in the Boston area, then there’s a good chance you know about the headaches that can come with a homeowners association.
About 74 million Americans live in homeowners associations, condominium communities, or cooperatives, according to a report by iPropertyManagement.com. There are more than 11,000 in Massachusetts alone, and 38% of homeowners in the state are part of HOAs.
Although being part of an HOA can come with its own annoyances, a good one can make all the difference, ensuring your housing community is safe and well-maintained. The dangers of poor maintenance were made devastatingly clear in June with the collapse of the Surfside, Fla., condominium development near Miami.
After the collapse, which had taken the lives of 97 people as of July 15, a resident of the building filed a lawsuit against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, seeking $5 million in damages and alleging that the HOA failed to “properly protect the lives and property of plaintiff and class members.”
Thankfully, few HOAs will face such a disaster, but disagreements over budgets, maintenance, and bylaw enforcement — as well as infighting and mismanagement — isn’t unheard of among these organizations, especially in Boston.
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