This really depends. I am concerned that you say you have no agreement, but they have a lawyer that is threatening suit.These associations sometimes crop up and threaten as if they have the same rights as a CID or HOA
(entities created by deed restriction and contract, and therefore having a right of enforcement against each individual parcel), but they don't have any such rights or claims. They bluster about and even retain a lawyer but have no legal right to the money. If I were in your position, I would start by double (or even triple) checking everything in my paperwork (deed restrictions, title report, etc.) to ensure that there really is nothing that creates any sort of encumbrance
, lien, levy, easement
, or other right against my property. You want to be absolutely sure that they cannot enforce their claim - the risk here is that if you blow them off, and you are wrong, not only will they have a claim against you, they can enforce it by placing a lien against your home.The next issue is that they can try to enforce an "equitable" claim against you - claim that you are enjoying the right to this neighborhood beautification - I think this is a weak claim at best, ***** ***** certainly aren't entitled to their attorney's fees, collection costs, or interest (those are only allowed by statute or contract - neither of which would apply in that case).Finally, you can simply blow them off, and let the issue go away.you can try to mediate the dispute with them - contact your local bar association and request referrals to mediators, a third party neutral can often help you reach a mutually agreeable resolution. Use the bar association's referrals to contact a mediator or two, the mediator will then contact the other party to set up a mediation session, and you can go from there - hopefully resulting in a formal or written settlement agreement, and save yourself the time and expense of litigation.