When you buy a condo in Puerto Vallarta, a strong Homeowners Association is one of the key components to ensure a peaceful living environment, a well-maintained building and to protect the value of your Mexican real estate investment. But what should you do if you run into an issue or disagreement with the HOA of your condo building in Puerto Vallarta? We have a few tips to help.
- Read the rules. Make sure that you are thoroughly familiar with all the Bylaws for your building, as well as the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. This will let you know the guidelines for your building. You will also find information on how those rules can be amended, if you find them to be unreasonable.
- Contact your neighbors in the building. They may have the same frustration and be willing to support you in future action.
- Document your conflict and all communications made trying to correct the issue. Send emails rather make telephone calls, so there is no confusion as to the history of communications.
- Don’t stop paying your maintenance fees during the period of dispute.
- Via registered letter or email, request a hearing on your issue. Back up your request with any documentation, evidence or a petition from your neighbors regarding the issue.
- Remember that the members of your HOA board are your neighbors who are volunteering in the greater interest of protecting the value of their property, your property and the common property of your building, and remember to be calm and professional in all your interactions, even when frustrated.
A good Homeowners Association is a great asset in protecting your enjoyment of your Puerto Vallarta property and protecting, and increasing, its market value, and generally most disputes can be resolved to, if not your total satisfaction, a very reasonable compromise.
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