I am in the process of selling my mother’s townhouse in Minnesota. It is governed by an HOA, and she has lived there since 1984. The HOA rules strictly forbid a homeowner from doing any alterations or repairs to the exterior of the townhouse, as these repairs are to be done by the HOA. The livingroom window casings are rotted and falling apart. My mother requested repairs 4 years ago, and has been repeatedly told that she is “on the list”, and that she must “wait her turn”. The sorry state of the window casings are impeding our ability to sell the townhouse. The HOA is unresponsive to both the potential buyer and me. What can I do?
It is worth checking the governing documents of the HOA. Most associations require boards to respond to homeowner requests for architectural changes within a given timeframe. Make sure to read through the governing documents for any other options you may have to reach the board or expedite the request. Otherwise, you may want to consult an attorney for help.
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