Rules of the Road for HOAs

Ed. note: this article was written by my associate Ben Karb We frequently are asked by our HOA (homeowners’ association) clients to review their rules and regulations. Boards are often granted the authority to adopt rules by the HOA’s governing docum`ents, and even if not, North Carolina statutes authorize boards to enact rules and regulations. […]

Who Pays?

This column was written by Allen Norwood, a columnist with the Charlotte Observer.  It was published in the Observer’s “Home|Design” section on March 19, 2019, and is re-printed here with permission. As parts of the Southeast struggle in the wake of powerful storms, consider: Who would be responsible for repairing damage if a tree fell […]

GOING OUT ON A LIMB

This column was written by my law partner, Bill Hamel. Q:  My neighbor’s trees and overhanging limbs are shading out part of my yard where I would like to grow grass and other plants that need sun.  What are my options? A:  Generally, you have the right to cut overhanging limbs and roots at the […]

BUDGET RATIFICATION

Q: My homeowners’ association (“HOA”) board presented members an outdated budget for us to ratify for the current year. How can an outdated budget, not previously seen or discussed, be legal? A: Most HOAs in North Carolina are organized as non-profit corporations. North Carolina law requires that HOAs hold an annual budget ratification meeting in […]