After closing on a home, can an HOA deny access to neighborhood for decal registration?
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This is but one of a myriad of reasons one should always have a lawyer representing them from contract through post-closing. I can assure you this would not have happened had you been represented properly. On the flip side, property managers are NOBODIES, don't blame it so much on the association, some PMs are just schmucks. They sometimes try to act all-powerful; but - they are mere employees of the association (or less, just independent contractors). We get more complaints about them then robocallers and moving companies. There are a few good ones out there, but the fact is, the qualifications to be a PM are quite minimal and there is a lot of nepotism. This would depend on the rules governing the association (a copy of which you should have been provided at contract). If this some sort of ad-hoc, BS "property manager" protocol, you might be able to make some noise. But if the rules call for this procedure (or practicality requires the time frame), you're likely stuck; the likely argument would be you should have known about this before, and prepped for it. In any event, perhaps once you get in, you can help change the protocol (or the PM's tone/manner) on this one. For now, you will just have to wait, or, you can do what you SHOULD have done months ago - get yourself a good local real estate attorney. Who knows what other problems await. Hope this helps. gsg
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The response from the HOA is atypical. Hopefully, at this point, you are in your home and the issue is moot; however, if the issue remains, then your real estate agent and/or title company that handled the transaction may be able to assist. For these types of situations, a different voice often helps resolve the issue.
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