State rules help homeowners when HOAs overstep their authority

Better Call Jackson

Complaints and concerns about condominium developments are common to Better Call Jackson. A while back I received an email from Jeff Page who downsized years ago and purchased a ranch style home. Jeff and his wife enjoy the complex and its location.

He understands the importance of having a strong Home Owners Association, and the rules that come with it.

“In my mind anyway, they’re not out of the ordinary. You can do it, you can live with it, you can live comfortably and still be happy and conform to the rules and regulations. That’s what they are there for,” says Page.

But a few years ago, Page started having problems.

“Some things were going on, elections seem to be controlled by the board president and the property manager,” said Page.

We spoke with Vivian Parra, President of the Home Owners Protection Bureau. Parra says state laws in Ohio make sure the HOA’s follow certain rules.

“I think once owners understand the association has to function and maintain the guidelines of the laws, owners will have a better direction of where to go to find answers to HOA questions,” says Parra.

If condo owners feel a board member is not doing a good job, that member can be removed with a 75% vote from the tenants.

Jeff Page says, since the residents in his complex took action, things have improved dramatically with new board members, but he does have a few suggestions for any first time condo buyers. If possible, review the financial records and try to interview the board members so you understand how they will represent you.

You can find more information about condo rights and regulations at

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