I'm a recently retired soldier. Our Georgia home has an HOA whose CC&Rs permitted earlier owners in the same neighborhood to rent, but not us. The housing collapse of 2008 and my subsequent military move resulted in my being separated from my family for the next 2 years thanks to the HOA's restrictions on us to rent. We eventually got the HOA to allow us to rent under a military hardship clause. During the following 8 years, twice they incorrectly ordered us to sell for procedural mistakes that were theirs, not ours. This caused great stress. Now we are in the process of preparing the home to sell, which they ordered following my retirement, but 2 of the board members made it clear they are angry at us. After years of perfect, immediate responsiveness to issues, we are suddenly being fined over $2K for minor violations whose 1st & 2nd notices never reached us. Our property manager is convinced we are also being singled out for selective enforcement of violations. The latest is a lawn violation for a small area that we seeded as we make the home ready. We have proof of much worse, larger spots of missing grass on neighbors' lawns, who received no violation notices like we have.
You CANNOT sue for emotional distress in a contract or real estate dispute. There likely are many restrictions on suits in the HOA covenants, but even where you can, emotional stress isn't compensable. Ask for that and you can expect an enormous and likely successful counterclaim for frivolous litigation. To the extent you could have attacked rental restrictions that affected you a decade ago you have also long let any statute of limitations run on initial complaints. A lawyer certainly might help you with fine disputes and selective current enforcement although your legal fees could easily exceed the $2K in fines. A lawyer letter may be a cheap way to address those issues.
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As Mr. Ashman said, you are going to have no case for intentional harassment or emotional pain. You may have valid challenges to fines being imposed, but those are likely defenses and not claims on which you could recover damages. One defense could be selective enforcement, but a lot more facts need to be developed to determine if the defense is viable in your case. $2000 is a lot of fines, and they could be growing. It is probably worth sitting down with an attorney that deals with HOA cases on behalf of owners to at least have your situation evaluated. You may walk out a such a meeting having paid for an hour of time and having been told it is not worth it to fight the fines, but at least you would have an opinion based on the citations for violations and your actual HOA documents.
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