State law provides a cost effective means for resolving disputes with a homeowners association. This is called internal dispute resolution (IDR). It is described in Civil Code Section 1363.810, et al. If a property owner wishes to initiate IDR, the homeowners association must participate. If the homeowners association wishes to initiate IDR, the owner may or may not participate. Civil Code Section 1363.820 states that an association “shall provide a fair, reasonable, expeditious procedure for resolving a dispute.” IDR operates by bringing the property owner and the representatives of the association together so that they may meet at a mutually convenient time and place to explain their positions to each other and confer in good faith in an effort to resolve the dispute. Civil Code Section 1363.840 (b)(4). Many disputes are resolved by IDR.
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