Pre-Suit Mediation or Not?
Disputes between an association and a parcel owner regarding use of or changes to the parcel or the common areas and other covenant enforcement disputes, disputes regarding amendments to the association documents, disputes regarding meetings of the board and committees appointed by the board, membership meetings not including election meetings, and access to the official records of the association shall be the subject of a demand for presuit mediation served by an aggrieved party before the dispute is filed in court.
A dispute over a financial obligation or enforcement of a settlement agreement are not subject to pre-suit mediation. Also, any dispute in which a party seeks an emergency injunction is not subject to pre-suit mediation. It is important to note that what you may think is an emergency is usually not one in the eyes of the court.
I don’t recommend going to pre-suit mediation without a lawyer. The HOAs usually have veteran lawyers who are very good at bulldozing over unrepresented parties.