Homeowners associations (abbreviated HOAs) and planned communities have become increasingly popular in the past few years.
In Pennsylvania, HOA laws fall under the state’s Uniform Planned Community Act. HOAs are created by a declaration, with unit owners automatically becoming members of the association.
With the declaration comes bylaws, which control the governance of the HOA, the duties of the board and the operation and management of the association.
But with that popularity came a growing number of complex legal disputes. Issues related to PA HOA laws tend to go beyond the challenges of standard real estate law.
HOA Leader, a website that bills itself as “the practical guide to homeowner association management,” says these are the most common claims made against HOAs.