We’d all like to believe that every HOA board acts within their scope, but we’ve also all heard horror stories about HOAs that operate based on what an uninformed board member /wants/, and not the actual bylaws.
We have an employee in Pearland TX who is having some issues with their (new to them) HOA, and I want to recommend that they talk to a lawyer with HOA expertise to review the HOA agreement(s) and validate that the HOA’s requests are within their scope.
* What suggestions do you have for finding someone who specifically has HOA expertise?
* If anyone has experience doing this, what was the time and/or cost to have someone review your HOA contract for rules related to a specific item or two that the HOA is requesting, and explain your options? I realize it may vary widely (based on bylaws length and complexity of the issues at hand), just trying to get a ballpark idea.
Ask your local law firms. Chances are they have someone who has experience in HOA law. As for the cost, it really depends on the law firm. Our HOA has one on retainer and they charge $220/hour. You’ll generally find that lawyers charge between $100 to $400 per hour.