Neighbor disputes turn wealthy areas into war zones

Neighbor disputes turn wealthy areas into war zones
Illustration: Nishant Choksi

Tiffs between luxury homeowners can escalate into bruising legal, financial and emotional combat

It’s the all-too-common hazard that buyers of multimillion-dollar homes often overlook: Disagreements between homeowners can turn even the nicest neighborhoods into war zones. These disputes can happen anywhere, but in wealthy communities, the tendency to lawyer up quickly can ignite small sparks into all-consuming conflagrations. Collateral damage to neighbors can include legal costs, a soured neighborhood feeling and more difficulty in selling homes.

Homeowners associations often become embroiled in these disputes. HOAs—corporations typically founded by real-estate developers then governed by an elected, volunteer board—collect fees from homeowners for the maintenance of common areas and enforce community rules. HOAs, and condo and co-op boards covered 21% of all housing units—accounting for 68 million people in the U.S. last year, according to the Community Associations Institute, a trade group in Falls Church, Va.

In Rancho Bel Air, Las Vegas, a banner runs the length of Jonathan Friedrich’s roughly 4,000-square foot house. It reads: “Rancho Bel Air sanctioned $10,000 for ‘sandbagging’ me.” The banner refers to penalties a district court ordered the HOA to pay Mr. Friedrich for delays in the discovery process during a long legal dispute.

Mr. Friedrich, a 70-year-old retired general contractor, paid $350,000 for his house in 2003 and spent another $350,000 renovating and decorating, he said. He has fought with the HOA over myriad issues, including whether his home is overseen by the HOA at all. […]

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Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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