Beth Ross is a freelance legal writer and editor and also an experienced attorney. She enjoys taking complex information, demystifying it and writing about the topic so that anyone can understand it. She writes and edits everything from legal documents, to web pages to advertising copy. She received her JD from UCLA School of Law, and her BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Beth has lived in Wisconsin, California and Colorado, and currently calls the state of Washington home. She loves to explore, travel and learn new things and spends her free time playing in the water, forests and mountains around the Puget Sound.
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If you’re considering buying a condo, townhome, or other property in a planned community, you should know how much HOA dues, fees, and assessments could cost you now and in the future.
That yard may not be "yours" in the first place! Learn how townhomes and similar developments can restrict changes to landscaping.
Tax liens and lockouts and vandals, oh my!
As long as the HOA was acting within its powers, your nonpayment could potentially result in late fees, prohibition on use of common areas, and a lien on your property.
Even new homes can have problems -- and the fault might lie with whoever constructed it.
If you weren't told of an existing defect in the house you bought, the burden should not fall on your shoulders alone.
What HOA board members need to know before choosing a property management firm.
Don't know someone who will buy in on a resort home with you? Explore the various prearranged possibilities for sharing property with many other owners.
Your homeowners’ association (HOA) may have strict rules and restrictions--or a flat-out prohibition--regarding rentals.
An HOA can typically raise dues as much as it needs to in order to meet its annual budget, with some exceptions.