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Community Association Law

Our Practice

Areas of Practice

The Community Association Law Group provides legal counsel to numerous homeowners associations in and around Charleston on matters including:

  • Homeowner dispute resolution
  • Debt and foreclosure issues
  • Liens
  • Assessment collection
  • Enforcement of restrictions and covenants
  • Construction defects
  • Warranty claims
  • Financing issues
  • Disputes with government entities
  • Road maintenance
  • Voting rights
  • Drafting and review of governing documents, master deeds, and bylaws
  • Amending documents
  • Escrow agreements
  • Disputes over payment of dues
  • Serving as general counsel for boards of directors
  • Resale disclosure
  • HOA rights and authority
  • Foreclosure actions


In the Charleston Metro and coastal areas of South Carolina, the firm represents

  • property owner’s associations
  • homeowner’s associations
  • condominium regimes
  • developers of planned communities subject to covenants and restrictions
  • insurance carriers who have claims involving homeowners associations


The group’s attorneys are experience litigators as well as negotiators, with extensive experience in mediation, arbitration, and other alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Community Association Laws

The group’s attorneys have a thorough understanding of the Non-Profit Association Act and the Horizontal Property Act governing condominium developments. They assist clients in keeping current on all HOA laws and regulations.

Community Association Institute (CAI)

Joseph DaPore and Amanda DeMato work closely with the South Carolina Chapter of the CAI to promote the interests of community associations. Joe is an active member of the South Carolina Legislative Action Committee of CAI. This Committee was voted as the best CAI – Legislative Action committee nationally last year. Mr. DaPore has testified before the state senate on community association issues and helps give the CAI-LAC committee input with the drafting and monitoring of new legislation and has spoken at many seminars on various aspects of community association law.

Non-Profit Corporations

Clement Rivers, LLP’s attorneys are available to provide legal advice on

  • the formation of non-profit corporations
  • tax questions related to community associations
  • formation of horizontal property regimes
  • construction issues involving condominiums and the conversion of apartments to condominiums.

Clement Rivers, LLP can provide an entire array of services to the community manager or to the Boards of the associations. If you have any questions contact Joseph E. DaPore at (843)577-4000 or jdapore@ycrlaw.com.

Drafting Legal Documents

William Bates has extensive experience drafting governing documents such as Master Deeds, By-Laws, Covenants and Restrictions for condominium regimes and property owner’s associations.  He is also available to draft any needed amendments to governing documents which may be requested by the Boards of these associations.