Community Association Law

America’s Fastest Growing Segment Of Home Ownership

Community associations (townhome associations, condominium associations and cooperatives) are the fastest growing form of housing in the United States. In 2010, the Community Associations Institute (CAI) estimated that approximately 62 million Americans — one out of every six Americans — live in community associations. An estimated 24.8 million homes belong to community associations.

Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC, proudly serves the legal needs of community associations and their boards of directors, and property management companies throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Who We Are And What We Do

Community associations, their boards of directors and their property management companies are responsible for protecting the significant investment their members make in their homes and common areas. They do this by enacting and enforcing rules related to the use of the homes and common areas, resolving disputes involving association members, maintaining and repairing the common areas, budgeting for the future, and collecting membership fees and assessments. Most of the time, community associations are able to handle the day-to-day governance with little or no help.

But community associations are sometimes confronted with sticky issues and could benefit from solid legal advice. In those situations, our clients rely on Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC, to provide them with an honest and straightforward legal analysis of the issues affecting them. We regularly advise our clients on a wide range of issues related to the operation, management and governance of community associations. Among the services we provide include:

  • Drafting and amending governing documents, including Declaration, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations
  • Legal opinions regarding interpretation of governing documents
  • Enforcement of governing documents and association rules and regulations
  • Dispute resolution with homeowners
  • Collection of association fees and assessments
  • Foreclosure proceedings
  • Vendor contract negotiation, drafting and review
  • Corporate legal advice

We also regularly represent clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation against third parties. These claims range from insurance appraisals and coverage lawsuits against insurance companies, construction defect lawsuits against developers and contractors, and breach of contract lawsuits against vendors. For more information on these services, please visit the following links:

Let Us Help You

Our experienced attorneys are available for a free initial consultation to discuss the legal issues affecting your community association, as well as the services SJJ can provide. Please contact us to discuss your rights and legal options.