Litigation is so burdensome and expensive that it is no longer a viable option for most homeowner association disputes. Litigation costs are both direct and indirect.
|Attorneys' fees, expert fees and court costs.
|The value of lost time and opportunities.
|The loss of ongoing relationships.
|Emotional distress from conflict and loss of sleep.
In Moran v. Oso Valley Greenbelt Assn., an owner was awarded attorneys' fees when the association failed to produce records after repeated requests. In addition to incurring tens of thousands of dollars in its own attorneys' fees, the association was ordered to pay the homeowner $54,485.24. The reverse is also true where the homeowner is ordered to pay the association significant amounts of money.
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