For many Florida residents, moving into a condominium is an excellent option. They obtain the security and financial benefits of homeownership without the full-fledged responsibility to maintain an independent residence. Unfortunately, there are a few challenges that come with living in a condo. Residents will need to pay fees to the condo association every month. They might also eventually find themselves embroiled in a dispute with the condominium association.
Technically, disputes can arise for an infinite number of different reasons. However, there are a few scenarios that are more likely than others to lead to disputes between condominium owners and the association where they live. The following are the most common sources of conflict between condominium residents and boards.
Disagreements about repairs
Technically, the condominium owner has responsibility for repairs within the unit, while the association is usually responsible for repairs to shared spaces and the building that houses the units. Some kinds of property damage, like water incursion caused by a neighbor’s overflowing toilet or a burst pipe, could lead to disagreements about who is actually responsible for paying for repairs. Such disputes can sometimes lead to litigation.
Conflicts about amenities and public spaces
Maybe there is a gym or a pool for residents to use. Perhaps one resident has failed to pay monthly fees or to follow rules about those amenities, leading to the association cutting off their access. Other times, the conflict might relate to a failure to properly maintain those amenities. Disagreements about when and how residents can use communal spaces and shared features can quickly spiral out of control.
Frustrations about neighborly conflict
Condos usually have certain rules about the appearance of individual units and the conduct of the people living there. When one neighbor throws raucous parties, causes untenable odors or makes their unit an eyesore, their neighbors may want to take action. Conflict may arise either because the condo board fails to act or because the actions taken seem too punitive to the person accused of violating community standards. These disputes can be very frustrating to navigate and can affect how comfortable people feel living in their homes.
Seeking legal guidance when navigating a condo board-related property dispute may help people achieve the best possible outcome.