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Homeowners Advocate Group

Protecting Your Rights, Home and Community


 Hierarchy


 Of Law &


 Document 


 Authority

The homeowners rights and responsibilities in Single Family Housing (SFH), Planned Unit Development (PUD's)  and Common Interest Development  (CID's  are governed in part by their state statutory laws and in part by the Protective Covenants and other governing documents of their Homeowners Association (HOA).  In other words, the terms of the "contract" between the Owner and the Association.  In the case of conflicts or irregularities of your "contract",  the higher body of law supersedes the lower body.

Hierarchy of the Law

1. Federal Statutes

2. State Codes & Statues

3. County Ordinances


Hierarchy of Governing Documents

1. Protective Covenants

2. Articles of Incorporation

3. Bylaws

4. Rules and Regulations


Example of Conflicts Between 
Hierarchy of Document Authority

(a) To the extent of any conflict between the governing documents and the law, the law shall prevail.

(b) To the extent of any conflict between the articles of incorporation and the declaration, the declaration shall prevail.

(c) To the extent of any conflict between the bylaws and the articles of incorporation or declaration, the articles of incorporation or declaration shall prevail.

(d) To the extent of any conflict between the operating rules and the bylaws, articles of incorporation, or declaration, the bylaws, articles of incorporation, or declaration shall prevail.