Real Estate Law

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

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Real Estate Law

We live in a small (30 condos) subdivision with a POA. A new

Customer Question
We live in a small...
We live in a small (30 condos) subdivision with a POA. A new owner moved in and received a copy of the Covenants. The POA President has spoken to her several times about things she has tried to do and she doesn't listen. He has told her many times that the Association needs written plans to review and approve. The President went out of town on a family emergency about two weeks ago. The woman lives at the end of a street. Next to her is heavily treed, and of course weeds, of common property that slopes down to another subdivision. Nothing is or will be built in that area. She cleared a small area next to her lot line without permission. The next week she took out all the trees, weeds etc. down to a chain link fence that is the common property line. I was outraged as you can imagine. The President still isn't back, might have to stay, and a new Board will take over. What can we do about this nightmare? It will be costly to sue. Maybe we could take her to small claims but how or what would be our compensation? What can we do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Real Estate Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 11 minutes by:
8/27/2015
Real Estate Lawyer: J. Warren, Lawyer replied 2 years ago
J. Warren
J. Warren, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 2,250
Experience: Experience in residential real estate and commercial leases.
Verified

Hello my name is ***** ***** I look forward to providing you information. Please note:

(1) this is general information and is not legal advice. I never propose a specific course of action. There is no attorney-client relationship or privilege that is formed when communicating to an expert on this site. The site repeats this disclaimer numerous times. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms; and

(2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my reply while I am typing out my answer.

Sorry your POA is dealing with this situation. Under your POA instrument it should grant the board the right to fine a homeowner for non-compliance.

"O.C.G.A. 44-3-223 (2010)
44-3-223. Compliance with provisions of instrument and with rules and regulations; penalties for noncompliance
Every lot owner and all those entitled to occupy a lot shall comply with all lawful provisions of the property owners' association instrument. In addition, any lot owner and all those entitled to occupy a lot shall comply with any reasonable rules or regulations adopted by the association pursuant to the instrument which have been provided to the lot owners and with the lawful provisions of the bylaws of the association. Any lack of such compliance shall be grounds for an action to recover sums due, for damages or injunctive relief, or for any other remedy available at law or in equity, maintainable by the association or, in any proper case, by one or more aggrieved lot owners on their own behalf or as a class action. If and to the extent provided in the instrument, the association shall be empowered to impose and assess fines and suspend temporarily voting rights and the right of use of certain of the common areas and services paid for as a common expense in order to enforce such compliance; provided, however, that no such suspension shall deny any lot owner or occupants access to the lot owned or occupied. " see source: www.law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-44/chapter-3/article-6/44-3-223/

If there is not authority to penalize, yes small claims is an option. The damage would be or compensation to the board would likely be the determined value of the property prior to her pruning the area and the value after she cut or hacked up the vegetation on the property. This will be hard to determine but can be based an Arborist's opinion as to the value of the trees.

All my best and encouragement.

Please note that you are asked to rate my courtesy and professionalism, and not whether the answer supports your legal position. I only receive credit when rated 3 stars or higher. If for any reason you feel that a low rating is appropriate, please first give me the opportunity to address your concerns by clicking the "reply" tab.

Please be aware that the information provided here is not legal advice. Rather it is simply general information. All states have intricacies in their laws and any information given is simply information only and specifically is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. This communication does not establish an attorney-client relationship with you.

Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Ask J. Warren Your Own Question
J. Warren
J. Warren
J. Warren, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 2,250
2,250 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Experience in residential real estate and commercial leases.

J. Warren 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

11,126 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

7,785 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

7,559 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

4,925 satisfied customers

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

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
My client is being sued by his Homeowner association and
My client is being sued by his Homeowner association and want him to sign a document that will authorized foreclosure. The Annual fees of the association are $250 and they are suing him for $5,000+ He… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
7,142 satisfied customers
Can a homeowners association deny a homeowner's application
Can a homeowners association deny a homeowner's application to plant trees within his property borders because it has a drainage easement where the trees will be planted? … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
Can a homeowners' association own land? If so can a
Can a homeowners' association own land? If so can a partnership that currently owns the land transfer it to the HOA? How is it accounted for on the partnership's books? Since the HOA is not a 501(c)(3… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,317 satisfied customers
I just had a loss due to water damage. The homeowners
I just had a loss due to water damage. The homeowners insurance covered it. Will I have to pay income on the money the insurance paid me and will I need to claim it on the tax form? … read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
7,142 satisfied customers
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
7,317 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
7,785 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
11,126 satisfied customers
Missouri homeowner files damage claim with insurance
Missouri homeowner files damage claim with insurance company, and, receives $150,000. Insurance check is written jointly to homeowner & servicer; signed by homeowner and sent to servicer for deposit. … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,665 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
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 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
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 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
7,559 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
7,142 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
7,785 satisfied customers
I used my homeowners insurance for damages that fell into 3
I used my homeowners insurance for damages that fell into 3 event years in a row. I was kicked out of insurance. Had to buy through the State Reinsurance plan in Rhode Island. Rate doubled. Now, a yea… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 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
35,290 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
7,559 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