A Chesterfield County Circuit Court judge has found in favor of a Richmond-area homeowner who sued his homeowners association claiming he shouldn’t be forced to pay membership dues because he never wanted to be a member, and the dues were not in place 20 years ago when he purchased the home.

While homeowners associations use dues to care for the property in the community, it is unfair to impose mandatory fees on homeowners after they have already purchased a home in the neighborhood, the judge ruled. 

Read more at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.