Disputes sometimes arise when a mountain stream is a boundary line. Even though there may be a recorded plat showing metes and bounds of a stream boundary, the actual location of the stream prevails over the description in a plat.
As spring moves into summer, mountain residents and visitors spend more time in the outdoors taking advantage of our beautiful weather and scenery. Dog owners should be aware of the potential liability that may arise when your dog is allowed to roam free without any restraint. Many communities have restrictive covenants in their deeds requiring dogs to be kept in fenced yards or on a leash when off the owner’s property. Towns and counties may have ordinances with similar provisions. If you fail to comply with deed restrictions and/or ordinances and a neighbor or visitor is injured by your dog, you could be held liable for damages. Some breeds of dogs can cause you to lose your insurance coverage or
A significant portion of our practice involves property line disputes. The steep terrain in Western North Carolina combined with a large number of deed descriptions referring to boulders and trees can make it difficult to determine the exact location of a boundary line between two adjoining parcels of property. In addition, modern survey technology has improved the accuracy of surveys and frequently the distance and bearing calls will vary from those shown in an old plat of survey. If you have a question about the proper location of your boundary line, action should be taken immediately to determine the proper location. Under North Carolina law, possession of property for a period of more than 20 years, combined with acts that
The death or incapacity of a member appointing a proxy does not affect the right of the corporation to accept the proxy’s authority, unless notice of the death or incapacity is received by the Secretary or other officer or agent authorized to tabulate votes before the proxy exercises authority under the appointment. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 55A-7-24.
Filing a lien and pursuing a civil action are two options available to associations for collecting unpaid assessments and fines from delinquent lot owners. It is also critical that you carefully evaluate the costs and benefits to the association before electing to pursue foreclosure. Many associations attempt to file their own liens without the assistance of an attorney, but because there are very technical statutory requirements involved, many miss the mark. These mistakes are critical because filing an invalid lien can constitute slander of title for which an association may be sued, in addition to creating a permanent obstacle to collecting the unpaid assessments. Mistake #1: Not waiting long enough before filing the lien. General Statute section 47F-3-116 governs the
Filing a lien and pursuing a civil action are two options available to associations for collecting unpaid assessments and fines from delinquent lot owners. For associations that elect to file a lien, the next step when the owner continues to refuse to pay is foreclosure. Foreclosures can be expensive and time-consuming if the lot owner contests the proceedings or appeals the orders entered by the Clerk of Court to Superior Court. Therefore, it is critical that association boards carefully evaluate this option before electing to pursue this remedy. If there is a deed of trust, judgment lien, or other encumbrance on the property prior in time to the recorded association lien, the decision becomes more difficult. Foreclosure of the association
An appointment of a proxy is effective when received by the Secretary or other officer or agent authorized to tabulate votes. An appointment of a proxy is valid for 11 months unless a different period is expressly provided in the appointment form. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 55A-7-24.
Incorporated associations must prepare an alphabetical list of the names of its members entitled to notice of a meeting, showing the address and number of votes each member is entitled to cast. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 55A-7-20(a). The list must be made available for inspection prior to the meeting and during the meeting. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 55A-7-20(b).
So far in our series we have outlined the general nature of those rights and how long they can last, the requirements of transferring those rights from one person or company to another, and what happens when your declarant’s lender forecloses. In our last part of the series, we discuss what you can do when disputes arise between the declarant and the owners. An association and its members under the control of the declarant have few options to resist a declarant who is abusing control. Board members have a fiduciary duty to the association and this fiduciary duty must be met even if it conflicts with the desires of the declarant who appoints board members. If the board ignores its
As discussed in our post “‘Lien’ on Me”, we are frequently asked for advice on how to collect unpaid assessments and fines. While the answer for your specific association depends on the particular facts of each situation, there are some general guidelines that can help your board make decisions regarding collections. The first option, discuss in our earlier post, is to record a lien against the lot and demand payment from the lot owner. The second option is a civil action against the lot owner(s) to recover the unpaid account. This option can be especially attractive where one member owns several delinquent lots and each lot would have to be foreclosed separately or where the lot is secured by a