Neighbor Harassment in Maryland HOAs

Question:

Hello. What is the HOA’s responsibility regarding neighbor to neighbor harassment and verbal threats? My HOA Caster Management in Crofton MD callously told me that they don’t get involved and to defer to law enforcement. I don’t understand how an HOA can sit by and ignore complaints with evidence of harassment, and threats which violate a homeowners right to live in the community free of unwanted and unwarranted harassment, and threats. If an HOA can put a lien on my property for putting down the wrong color mulch, or refusal to pay dues then why do they have no responsibility to ensure that behaviors in the community that threatens the safety and peace of residents is not tolerated. Please advise.

– Deneise

 

Answer:

Hi Deneise,

The HOA board has a responsibility to get involved in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes if the violation is covered in the HOA’s governing documents and there is evidence that the violation is truly happening. The HOA board must especially take action if the harassment is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. That being said, the board does not have an obligation to constantly intervene in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes, especially if they are not violating the law or the governing documents. If your board can’t take action, it is best to report the situation to local authorities.

 

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