Community Associations

Stephen Hladik Headshot in blue pinstriped suitCondominium and homeowner associations are complex entities with multi-faceted legal needs that evolve over time.  These legal needs range greatly in sophistication and span numerous substantive areas of the law.  The team of seasoned attorneys at Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP have the well-rounded experience and specialized knowledge necessary to craft cost effective solutions to whatever legal needs a community association may be facing.  We provide these services to community associations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

When a community association retains Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP we become an integral member of the association’s team and work closely with its directors, sub-committees and community managers.  Our attorneys take the time necessary to understand each association so that we may offer tailored solutions to meet the unique circumstances of our individual clients.  Our firm offers general counsel regarding all aspects of a community association’s operations.  In addition, we help community associations to better understand and manage their risks.

Some of the more common legal services that we provide to community associations include:

Clear, effective and up to date governing documents (i.e. declarations, bylaws and rules) promote harmony within a community association and constitute the most effective management tool in a board of directors’ possession.  Since these are truly foundational documents, community associations should take care to ensure that their governing documents are coherent, practical and in compliance with the law.  Our attorneys can expertly review your governing documents and, if need be, guide your community association through the amendment process.  In addition, our attorneys routinely advise boards regarding whether certain actions are in compliance with the governing documents.

Even if a community association has well-drafted governing documents, the absence of an effective enforcement policy will invariably lead to problems and inefficiencies.  The covenants, bylaws and rules of community associations are designed to protect property values, as well as promote the peaceful coexistence of the residents.  Our lawyers have handled all aspects of enforcement and conflict resolution in relation to covenants, bylaws and rules.

Assessments are the lifeblood of any community association.  Assessments are necessary to fund daily operations, community upkeep, and capital improvement projects.  Untimely payments threaten a community’s financial well-being.  High delinquency rates can negatively impact an association’s ability to secure financing, as well as the residents’ ability to sell or refinance their units.  Our firm offers a full array of collection services that are designed to achieve maximum and expedient recoveries.

Transition is one of most important and complicated events for a community association.  It is the process during which control of a community association transitions from the Declarant/Developer to the actual residents.  Our attorneys are equipped to guide community associations through this process while protecting their legal rights along the way.  From ensuring statutory compliance by the Declarant/Developer and the local municipality to pursuing construction defect claims, our firm strives to complete the transition process for its clients in an efficient and effective manner.

When litigation cannot be avoided, we routinely represent the best interests of our clients in court and alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and arbitration.  We never lose sight of our clients’ best interests and make sure that any litigation strategy is customized to the individual circumstances of each community association.  Whether it is a case involving multimillion dollar construction defects or a challenge to board action, we rely upon creative and zealous advocacy to effectively resolve the legal disputes that may be impacting our clients.

Please contact Stephen Hladik at 267-662-9022 or via email at for more information or an appointment.