Real Estate Law

Have Real Estate Law Questions? Ask a Real Estate Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Real Estate Law
This answer was rated:

I have a neighbor that sues me or threatens to sue me as a

way of bullying me to...
I have a neighbor that sues me or threatens to sue me as a way of bullying me to get her way to agree to change the homeowner association rules and regs. She just passed the bar and is abusing her power what can I do? I cannot take off work for every lawsuit and since we are both board members of a small association I can't get away from her
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 8 minutes by:
6/11/2013
Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 119,599
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
Verified
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

If she is filing frivolous law suits, you can file a complaint with the state bar and with the court for her doing so. Also, if she is continually filing suits or making threats you can sue her for harassment and seek to get a court order declaring her a vexatious litigant, which would mean she could no longer sue without court permission. In order to prove this, you would have to present the suits she has filed to show they were baseless and without merit.


Furthermore, she has no business to come to your house or onto your property even on board business if you notify her to not come onto your property and if she keeps doing so then you can sue her for trespassing and get an injunction to force her to communicate with you on any board business by email or at a board meeting.

These neighborhood associations are bad and we as attorneys tend to tell people thinking of buying in one to run away because of situations like this, because the laws let associations run their own business and it only takes one jerk in the neighborhood or on the board to create havoc and make everyone's life miserable.



Thank you so much for using JustAnswer.com. I truly aim to please you as a customer, but please keep in mind that I do not know what you already know or don't know, or with what you need help, unless you tell me. If I did not answer the question you thought you were asking, please respond with the specific question you wanted answered. PLEASE use REPLY to EXPERT if you would like more information or if you feel something was not included in your answer.

Kindly remember the ONLY WAY experts receive any credit at all for spending time with customers is if you click on OK, GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE even though you have made a deposit or are a subscription customer. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE RATING FOR THE EXPERT TO XXXXX CREDIT, if not the site keeps your money on deposit.

Also remember, sometimes the law does not support what we want it to support, but that is not the fault of the person answering the question, so please be courteous.

Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 119,599
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
Verified
Law Educator, Esq. and 87 other Real Estate Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 years ago
We have told her to do so but she continually ignores the rules if they do not apply. We tried to get her to leave us alone and the judge declared it legal harassment. He dismissed the order
Thank you for your response.

I am presuming that the judge called what she is doing legal harassment, which is all the more grounds for you to sue her for harassment and ask the court to declare her a vexatious litigant. Furthermore, if you have told her to stay off your property, then any time she comes onto your property call the police on her and have her charged with trespassing.
Law Educator, Esq.
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 119,599
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.
Verified
Law Educator, Esq. and 87 other Real Estate Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 years ago
Unfotunatelty, it's a condo and most of the areas are considered common ground is there an area that she is not allowed or this would apply to? She is very persistent and actually waits till we get home to come yell at us sends daily letters and emails it is non stop communication calling us and our contractors names and telling us we are stupid and we know nothing. The judge felt she was inher right and even showing the notebooks of letters and notes did not want to view them. It's almost stocking us
Thank you
Thank you for your additional information. I am afraid it is not trespassing if she is on common property, but it is trespassing if she comes onto your property. The yelling can be considered harassment, unfortunately if the letters and emails are association business, they would not be. Condo and Homeowners associations are just a bad situation because the laws allow them to run themselves and the law does not get overly involved with them and the only other thing you can do is seek to get her voted off of the board if the judge will not intervene.
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 119,599
119,599 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed attorney practicing landlord-tenant, land use and other real estate law and litigation.

Law Educator, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

5,436 satisfied customers

17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

10,826 satisfied customers

16 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

7,657 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

7,367 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

6,207 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,899 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
Can the treasury of our homeowners association invest some
Can the treasury of our homeowners association invest some of the money that the association has in CD'S or any other type of investment? … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I live in and the community is in a homeowners association.
Good morning. I live in Virginia and the community is in a homeowners association. … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
Rock Island Homeowners Association says I must clean my
Rock Island Homeowners Association says I must clean my cedar porch wood … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,967 satisfied customers
We have a homeowners association in our agricultural
We have a homeowners association in our agricultural subdivision, what would happen if I were to send a letter to them stating I am no longer a member of the association? … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,657 satisfied customers
A homeowner in our association, is requesting contact
A homeowner in our association, is requesting contact information for our board and all contact information for the rest of the homeowners in our association. This sounds illegal, is it? … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
10,826 satisfied customers
What right do I have against a homeowners association. I
what right do I have against a homeowners association. I trying to control water issues on my property from my 2 neighbor and their fighting me. … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Lawyer
119,599 satisfied customers
I have lived in a homeowners association in Florida. The HOA
I have lived in a homeowners association in Florida. The HOA has both long term or residential and short term sections clearly defined. I live in the short term section, we pay more than 3 times the r… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Lawyer
119,599 satisfied customers
Homeowner association of 16 units. What would be quorum.
Homeowner association of 16 units. What would be quorum … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,367 satisfied customers
A supposed homeowners association and the new builders that
A supposed homeowners association and the new builders that bought 5 lots went into an agreement to maintain a private road. Since they own the road the Parrish won't help and soon garbage mail or any… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
6,899 satisfied customers
What is the liability to a homeowners association for
What is the liability to a homeowners association for property that was dedicated to them? … read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,657 satisfied customers
I am a homeowner of a condo in texas, can an hoa association
I am a homeowner of a condo in texas, can an hoa association stop the sale of unit over hoa dues owed, I have under contract now a cash sales fast close, they are trying to forclose, but I have a buye… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,367 satisfied customers
Do homeowner associations have the legal authority to borrow
Do homeowner associations have the legal authority to borrow money from a lender to pay for improvements to common areas within the development they're associated with. … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
34,933 satisfied customers
I am a member of a homeowners association and my question
I am a member of a homeowners association and my question relates to restrictive covenants. The association articles of incorporation have been established and in place for decades. We now would like … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,367 satisfied customers
I am a Trustee of a Homeowners Association. An owner of a
I am a Trustee of a Homeowners Association. An owner of a home within the complex wants to place a permanent fence on 'common property' of the complex and has asked the Trustees for permission to do s… read more
Damien Bosco
Damien Bosco
2,998 satisfied customers
I am a treasurer for a homeowners association and we have a
hi good morning, I am a treasurer for a homeowners association and we have a park in the complex. we pay for insurance on the park every year, but wondering if that is necessary. If we post a sign in … read more
Michael Gonzalez
Michael Gonzalez
JD
519 satisfied customers
Our homeowners association is having it's annual meeting in
our homeowners association is having it's annual meeting in june. there will be a ballot for three new directors. at the same time there will be a bylaw change to be voted on not allowing a homeowner … read more
Sean Fisher
Sean Fisher
Juris Doctor
15 satisfied customers
Question: Are HomeOwners Associations in Georgia required to
Hello, Question: Are HomeOwners Associations in Georgia required to register with the Courthouse periodically? Question 2: if so how do I go about finding out the current status of registgration for m… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
10,826 satisfied customers
Are ther elected officials in a homeowners association
Thank you, Are ther elected officials in a homeowners association required to acknowledge their duty to ensure that the covenants and by laws of the Association's will be enforced? Specifically, shoul… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
10,826 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x