According to an article in the Washington Post, the battle between the HOA and the owners of one of the properties in the Northern Virginia community has been going on for four years. The issue appears to be the owner’s right to improve their property versus the HOA rules for the community. While legal battle has been costly for both sides, the expense for the HOA caused it to file bankruptcy and increase HOA fees for its residents to cover some of its legal fees. The article cites residents who live on a fixed income having paid previous annual dues of $650 a year now having to pay $3,500 per year. It appears the brinksmanship may have resulted in one party prevailing over the other, but this may be one of those situations that turns out to be a “lose-lose” because the whole community suffers.
Story from the Washington Post front page February 10, 2013