Can a condo association really evict you?

Living in a condominium has its perks. You get all of the convenience of an apartment along with the benefits of ownership.

However, you also have to deal with the condo association that controls your homeowners association agreement (HOA). The board that governs your condo's HOA does wield considerable power -- and you could end up evicted if you don't follow the rules.

How can a condo association force you out?

To start with, you have to violate the rules laid out for your behavior -- so make sure you read your agreement carefully and know what's expected of you. Violations can include anything from painting your door the wrong color to parking in the wrong parking spot.

Generally speaking, one or two infractions won't get you more than a warning and an order to fix the behavior and not repeat it. If you fail to make amends, however, or you keep violating the rules, the bylaws of the HOA may allow your condo association to levy fines against you.

That's when things get serious. If you don't pay the fines, the condo association can eventually file to foreclose on you.

Are there other ways a condo association can make you leave?

Similarly, if you do something that's particularly offensive (and the bylaws of your agreement allow it), you may find yourself facing eviction without even being fined.

You will also likely find yourself facing eviction if you fall behind in your condo fees and don't adequately respond to the association's demands to pay up.

You do have some legal protections from liens, foreclosures and evictions where your condo is concerned -- particularly if the HOA is being used abusively or the condo association is overreaching their authority. If you're in a dispute with your condo association, find out more about your legal rights and what alternatives you have.