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Moretz & Skufca is a business, real estate and family law law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina and has one of the largest community association law practices in North and South Carolina. We call our Community Association Law Practice Group “HOA ninjas” because we know the secrets of keeping HOAs out of trouble and rescuing them from evil.

We represent hundreds of residential, commercial and condominium associations throughout the Carolinas, and also help developers, homeowners and management companies create new HOAs and fix problems in existing HOAs. (We don’t represent individual homeowners against their HOAs.) Our ninjas use their special skills and many years of experience to provide practical, real-world advice and documentation that helps our HOAs operate with zen-like efficiency, stay peaceful and resolve disputes harmoniously.

Contact our real estate attorneys in Charlotte or Concord if you need legal assistance for your HOA or condominium.

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Failure to Hold Formal Board Votes Dooms Two Charlotte HOAs

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There are times in the practice of homeowners’ association law when courts make rulings with which we as attorneys disagree but where an underlying principle or best practice is affirmed.  A prime example is the N.C. Court of Appeals’ opinion of November 1, 2016 in the case of Willowmere Community Association Inc. and Nottingham Owner’s Association Inc. v. City of …

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Maximizing Votes at an HOA Meeting or Election

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Since many HOAs conduct their annual and/or budget meetings this time of year, we are reprinting this post from 2014 about maximizing attendance at your HOA meetings. Many HOAs and condominium associations have annual meetings coming up this time of year, or special meetings to amend their covenants, conditions and restrictions (“CCRs”) or bylaws. What is the best way to …

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals Says… Not Much in its Recent HOA Cases

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As homeowners’ association and commercial real estate attorneys, we typically hold our breath when the North Carolina Court of Appeals issues new opinions (“opinions” is the term it uses to refer to its case decisions). While the judges are all smart, accomplished and well-meaning former attorneys, most are former litigators who unfortunately have little if any real estate or community …

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HOA Disputes: Consider Mediation or Arbitration Before Going to Court

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HOA disputes are not the same as regular business disputes. Sometimes conflicts escalate, but your HOA lawyer should work hard to keep you out of court if possible. Mediation/arbitration is a great option for avoiding legal debacles in HOAs like the ones described in this article: Neighbor Disputes Turn Wealthy Areas Into War Zones Mediation is the process of meeting …

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Your Homeowners Association’s Governing Documents: Please Don’t Call Them Bylaws!

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Our HOA Ninjas here at Moretz & Skufca have a little pet peeve when it comes to terminology: folks who refer to the governing documents for their community association as “the bylaws.”  So (to borrow from Shakespeare) what’s in a name?  Turns out that when it comes to homeowners association documents, names mean a lot.  There are articles, bylaws, declarations, …

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Tax time for HOAs?

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As the year draws to a close, many of us are engaging in year-end tax planning for ourselves and our businesses. Since homeowners associations are almost always non-profits, HOA board members and managers may think that tax planning for HOAs is not necessary. While most HOAs won’t owe taxes, there are still tax-related issues to be aware of this time …

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No Class Certification in Case Alleging Condominium Association and Management Company Charged Excessive Fees

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently decided a case involving several homeowners’ claims that their condominium association, through its management company, was charging excessively high fees and late charges that were not permitted by the condominium’s governing documents.  We want to point out that these were simply allegations – the only part of this case that matters from a …

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Supreme Court Loosens Up Construction Warranty Claims

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The North Carolina Supreme Court does not often render decisions that directly affect HOAs, but on December 19, 2014, the Court issued an opinion in Christie v. Hartley Construction that may impact your HOA, and will certainly impact many consumers and construction contractors. In 2004, the Christies, the plaintiffs in the case, were building their dream home and the builder …

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Changes… to Your HOA’s Restrictive Covenants

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently rendered an opinion reiterating that all amendments to the restrictive covenants (“CCRs”) governing a planned community must be reasonable.  As background, the existing law is that amendments to the CCRs must be reasonable in light of the developer’s original intent for the subdivision.  This rule arose in the context of an HOA in …

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Spring Showers Bring Summer Weeds – How to Achieve Homeowner Compliance in Your HOA

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Now that summer is here, many HOAs and their members are dusting off the grill, repairing the lawn mower and opening the pool to the summer crowds.  Spring and summer bring new life to HOAs but also bring new problems in making sure members keep lots up to the HOA’s standards.  How does the HOA deal with that neighbor whose …

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