Rules enforcement letters sent by the association to an owner accusing the owner of rules violations are not grounds for a defamation action against an association.
In Ruiz v. Harbor View Community Association
, the association's attorney sent letters to
an owner accusing the homeowner of stalking and harassing board
members. The letters were not published to the membership; they went only to the owner. The owner sued claiming defamation. The association defended by filing an anti-SLAPP motion
. The court ruled that the letters were protected speech and not defamatory.
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