Though Condominium and Homeowners Association Law is a relatively young area, it has become an increasingly robust and substantive body of statutes, regulations, case law and administrative decisions. The real estate boom of the last decade brought condominiums and HOA’s on line at a rapid rate, particularly in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. In addition to statutes, regulations and case law, these residential and commercial developments are generally governed by an association through the association’s Declaration, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and Rules and Regulations. These governing documents typically dictate issues surrounding the property, such as architectural controls, use restrictions, how the property should be maintained, or how the Association as a corporation should operate.
An Association’s failure to comply with all applicable guidelines can lead to negative internal and external conflict and consequences. If you are a homeowner, an association manager or are on the board of directors of an association, it is important for you to be knowledgeable of these guidelines and to obtain legal counsel that is well-versed in condominium and homeowner association law.
When faced with a situation involving a rule, guidelines, statute, association governing document or association related matter, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in condominium and homeowners association representation. Serving over 80 Associations in Bay, Okaloosa, Walton and Leon Counties, the Law Offices of Dunlap & Shipman have extensive experience successfully representing homeowners, as well as condominium and homeowners associations in wide range of legal matters.