Lemon Springs Real Estate Attorney: Trouble with Covenants

One of the ways that a Lemon Springs real estate attorney helps clients is by assisting with separate contracts that affect their ownership interest.  While a purchase agreement is an important document, covenant agreements and agreements with property owners associations can have a daily impact on the client’s ownership and lifestyle.  A Lemon Springs real estate attorney can provide the following services:

Amending Restrictive Covenants

Neighborhoods and communities may have extensive restrictive covenants that specify the color the house can be, yard ornaments that can be displayed, types of buildings that can be erected and activities that cannot be completed on the grounds.  Often homeowners are required to pay dues to maintain the neighborhood, common grounds and their own properties.  If a homeowner feels that there are restrictive covenants that are too – well, restrictive – a real estate attorney may be able to help draft revisions to these covenants for the homeowners association’s consideration.

Protection of Rights

A real estate attorney can raise valid arguments to protect the homeowner’s rights from an overzealous association.  This may be by showing that the homeowners association has not enforced action against property owners who have committed similar violations or by analyzing the contract language for instances of ambiguity.

Explanation of Options

A real estate attorney can explain the options that are available to his or her client.  In some cases, a simple conversation between the lawyer and the association may be able to resolve the issue.  In other cases, negotiations between the respective lawyers may yield a result.  Mediation may be recommended if the lawyer believes that the parties may be able to work through a solution with the help of a neutral facilitator.  Litigation may be necessary in some situations.