City Bella Commercial, LLC v. City Bella on LyndaleAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court reversed the conclusions of the district court and court of appeals that Minn. Stat. 515B.2-118(b), a statute of limitations contained within the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, applied to bar Appellant's claims in this case, holding that the lower courts erred.
Appellant owned and operated a common interest community in Richfield that was registered under the Act in 2004. Following a repair project, Appellant sought commercial contributions from Respondent, who refused under the belief that its property interest had been severed from the community. Both parties brought actions seeking declarations as to whether Respondent was required to contribute to the repair project. Respondent cited an amended declaration, recorded in 2007, in arguing that it was not a member of the community and thus not responsible for contributions. The district court and court of appeals concluded that section 515B.2-118(b) applied to bar Appellant's claims. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the statute of limitations contained in section 515B.2-118 for challenging the validity of an amendment or supplemental declaration does not bar an action that broadly challenges not the underlying validity of an amended declaration but whether severance occurred under the statute.