When Pennsylvania residents are considering their housing options, some may opt to purchase a condominium instead of a home. In other cases, current condominium residents may decide they want to expand and purchase property instead. Real estate transactions for condominiums are somewhat different than transactions in other types of property. It is important to have knowledgeable legal guidance through the real estate process to ensure that your rights are protected when so much money is at stake. The experienced attorneys at Friedman Schuman have represented clients in condominium transactions for over 30 years. If you need legal assistance when buying or selling a condominium, contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.
How is a condo different than a home?
When weighing the options to determine whether it is better to purchase a house or a condominium, it is important to have all the facts. Homeowners are responsible for taking care of anything that needs to be fixed around the house, the yard work, and other regular maintenance. In a condominium, chances are you don’t have a lawn to mow and you don’t have to worry about the maintenance on the unit. Condominiums have associations, while most homes will typically only have a homeowners association if they live in certain developments. Sure, there are simple differences between the two such as a house having a lawn while a condo doesn’t, but there are also differences in the legalities between these housing options as well.
Uniform Condominium Act
Unlike homes, condominiums in Pennsylvania are governed by the Uniform Condominium Act. This act makes decisions on the way these residences can be built, taxed, renovated, voted upon, and even terminated. Condominiums typically have an association that allows the residents and owners to meet and vote on topics that may be contested as well as other changes that may be made. According to the Uniform Condominium Act, the association must meet at least once each year. There may be instances in which a person believes the condominium is breaking the provisions of the Act. If this is the case and an owner’s rights have been violated, it may be a good idea to speak with an experienced real estate attorney who can assess the situation.
Our HOA Services
The real estate attorneys at Friedman Schuman recognize that homeowners associations may be faced with their own set of legal issues. Our firm provides HOA’s and other property managers with a variety of legal services including:
- Collecting late payments
- Board transitions
- Board member governance
- Landlord/tenant matters
- Land Use and Zoning
Contact an experienced Montgomery County condominium attorney
If you are considering a condominium or are already the owner of a condominium unit, you may need legal guidance for a number of reasons. Property managers and homeowners associations may also require strong legal representation so they can focus on providing residents with exceptional service. The attorneys at Friedman Schuman have over 30 years of experience representing Pennsylvania clients when they require legal advice regarding condominiums and other real estate matters. For strong legal representation when so much is on the line, contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.