Mediation, arbitration and other ways of resolving conflicts with the help of a specially trained neutral third party without the need for a formal trial or hearing.
Alternative dispute resolution
A request for a review of a case by a higher authority—if permitted by the governing documents or statute.
A hearing held when the alleged violator fails to appear.
a formal process designed to protect the rights of all parties involved.
Due process procedure
This is a written notice to an alleged violator that a hearing will be held to consider his or her alleged violation.
Rules and architectural guidelines may not contradict or be in conflict with the legal sources that take precedence over them. Although rules and architectural guidelines are lower in the hierarchy of authority for community associations, they may clarify and expand a community’s governing documents—but may not conflict with the other governing documents.
Hierarchy of authority
A specific statement of required behavior whose violation carries a penalty (sometimes called a sanction).