Neighbor vs neighbor disputes aren’t new, and they definitely aren’t unique to homeowner associations, but, when these confrontations arise in a common interest community, the HOA can get stuck in the middle. In many cases, it’s difficult to determine when, or if, the HOA should get involved.
You’ve probably heard the stories or even experienced it yourself. The disagreement among neighbors that blows up into a full-blown battle involving lawyers, security cameras and of course the lawn sign proclaiming to the world what a terrible neighbor lives next door. In some of these cases, it seems that one or both parties are so bent on winning the argument or making their neighbor suffer, that they really have no interest in finding a reasonable solution.
Neighbor disputes often involve issues like noise, pets, boundaries, fences, unkept property, just to name a few. And just like the Hatfields and McCoys, a simple argument over a pig can result in years of pointless battles. But, should the HOA be required to mediate when neighbors fail to get along?