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Two years ago I bought a townhouse in a small, 16-unit complex (CA). I knew the HOA was planning extensive repairs but I wasn’t fully aware just how extensive those repairs would be. About 18 months or so ago our complex started a huge project to replace all of the siding on the buildings. After the previous siding was completely removed, there were issues with the first contractor which led to the board deciding switch contractors (there are more details to this that wouldn’t be appropriate to get into here) and progress has been extremely slow.

Our complex has now gone at least one full year without siding. The second contractor did put up some sort of heavy duty wrap during the winter, but over the summer that was removed so they could continue work. However, we have very rarely see any workers in the last few months. When I do see any, it’s only one or two guys working for a few hours. Hardly any progress has been made for at least 5 months. We have been experiencing extremely hot weather for the last month or so, and I wouldn’t expect work to be getting done when we’re in a heatwave. But even before the heatwave, nothing was getting done. On days when it’s cooler I would think the contractors would want to send a big team for at least a few hours in the morning to make progress. There has also been scaffolding up this whole time which is not only annoying to walk around all of the time (it’s right in front of our front door and all over the dog run area), it’s also creating a security risk because some one of the front doors to the complex cannot close because the scaffolding is in the way.

This new board was elected and took over at the beginning of the year. They have hardly communicated anything to us, except to get votes on a new assessment to fund the construction. The last open meeting was in June and besides the minutes from the meeting, there has been zero communication from the board. We have a property management company who fields all of the emails and sends out all of the communication from the board to the residents. I’ve emailed multiple times asking for an update on the construction and an updated timeline but they give me the runaround and say they’ll get back to me and then don’t. Most recently I sent a lengthy email specifically requesting that the board send an update but I have not heard back. I’m getting worried about the structural risks of leaving the building without siding for so long (such as mold) and potential issues that might come up down the road.

I’m a first time home owner and don’t have any experience with HOAs, so I’m just wondering if this situation sounds normal or reasonable? If not, what kind of next steps should I consider taking?

TLDR: siding project taking an excessively long time to complete and new board not providing adequate updates on the progress (or lack thereof)

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Long prelude here, but I want to know if you would pursue this case. Is it worth it? (Throwaway account for obvious reasons.)

Summary:

HOA president accused me of hacking website (I did not). They made this accusation in a large meeting - and stated that they have evidence. Aftermath is neighbors I am friends with not trusting me - and neighbors I don't know believing I did this. Accusation is on recording. Should I sue for slander?

Prelude:

I live in an HOA. A new president was elected and took over the board about 2 years ago. This new board (primarily the HOA president) has been targeting me ever since they took over.

It all started when I installed a ring doorbell camera. The president thought it was installed to spy on a neighbor (a friend of hers who lives a few houses down from us) and ordered that it be removed. This happened a few weeks after the new president was elected. We refused stating that it did not violate any of the bylaws. In the end, we won the battle over the ring doorbell camera, but have been consistently sent violations for little things - like having a potted plant out front (not against the rules) or having a kids play pool in the back yard (not against the rules). At this point, it is harassment (10+ instances of "violations" - no other neighbors are getting these violations). Every time we get a violation, we respond in writing (via letter and email). The letters are always straight to the point and not rude. We just want to keep living our lives in peace, but the HOA president seems to have a vendetta against us.

Incident in question:

We had our annual HOA meeting last month - this meeting had 30-40 owners at it. In that meeting, the HOA president made an announcement that our HOA website had been hacked - and that I was the one who had hacked it.

I was at the meeting and I immediately stood up and interjected that I had not done anything of the sort. The president responded with "We have evidence that you hacked it."

This resulted in 5 minutes of back and forth between myself and the president where they continued to accuse me of hacking the HOA website and me stating that was untrue.

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Posted by2 days ago

Long prelude here, but I want to know if you would pursue this case. Is it worth it? (Throwaway account for obvious reasons.)

Summary:

HOA president accused me of hacking website (I did not). They made this accusation in a large meeting - and stated that they have evidence. Aftermath is neighbors I am friends with not trusting me - and neighbors I don't know believing I did this. Accusation is on recording. Should I sue for slander?

Prelude:

I live in an HOA. A new president was elected and took over the board about 2 years ago. This new board (primarily the HOA president) has been targeting me ever since they took over.

It all started when I installed a ring doorbell camera. The president thought it was installed to spy on a neighbor (a friend of hers who lives a few houses down from us) and ordered that it be removed. This happened a few weeks after the new president was elected. We refused stating that it did not violate any of the bylaws. In the end, we won the battle over the ring doorbell camera, but have been consistently sent violations for little things - like having a potted plant out front (not against the rules) or having a kids play pool in the back yard (not against the rules). At this point, it is harassment (10+ instances of "violations" - no other neighbors are getting these violations). Every time we get a violation, we respond in writing (via letter and email). The letters are always straight to the point and not rude. We just want to keep living our lives in peace, but the HOA president seems to have a vendetta against us.

Incident in question:

We had our annual HOA meeting last month - this meeting had 30-40 owners at it. In that meeting, the HOA president made an announcement that our HOA website had been hacked - and that I was the one who had hacked it.

I was at the meeting and I immediately stood up and interjected that I had not done anything of the sort. The president responded with "We have evidence that you hacked it."

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