Civil/Commercial Litigation (Lawsuits)/expected lawsuit


After some cosmetic damage caused no doubt by a vehicle's collision with the wall of my assigned parking space in my condo complex, I'm expecting a bill from the owner's association for repair. I did not cause the damage, and in fact unauthorized vehicles have often been observed using spaces. I'm guessing my course of action should be to refuse to pay and wait for a court action against me--but I'm concerned about consequences, such as the effect on my credit rating. Any insights would be much appreciated.

Greetings Richard,

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Furthermore, I see by your question that you are in California, and I do not practice law in your State.

I suggest that you immediately find a local attorney licensed to practice law in California.  You would probably do well to find some one who's experience includes contract litigation.  It would be prudent to gather all of the information, especially any by-laws, rules or other documents pertaining to your interest in the condo complex.

My guess is that if there is litigation over this, the judge/jury would determine the outcome on the terms of your ownership obligations as defined in State law and your homeowner's association agreement(s).  Without access to those sources of authority, I cannot guess further.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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