As a member of a homeowners association (HOA), you may find yourself wondering about the petty rules that govern your community. Are they necessary? Are they enforced? Do they serve a purpose? These are all valid questions that HOA members should be asking.
As a member of a homeowners association, it’s important to know your rights and options when it comes to the governance of your community. One issue that may arise is the removal of officers, such as HOA board members, before the end of their term. So, can HOA members remove officers midterm? The answer is yes, but there are specific procedures that must be followed.
As a member of a homeowners association, you’re likely familiar with the importance of paying your HOA fees on time. These fees are used to maintain and improve the common areas of your community, including things like landscaping, maintenance of community amenities, and other essential services. However, what happens when a homeowner fails to pay their HOA fees? In this blog, we’ll explore the consequences of not paying HOA fees and why it’s essential to stay current on your payments.
As an HOA board member, it's important to understand the roles and responsibilities of those in charge of setting up the rules in your community. The primary individuals responsible for this task are the board of directors, also known as the board of trustees or board of managers.
The board of directors is elected by the members of the HOA and is responsible for making decisions on behalf of the community. This includes setting rules and regulations for the community, as well as enforcing those rules. The board also sets the budget for the community, manages the finances, and oversees the maintenance and upkeep of common areas.
Living in any community means there are rules to follow. The police enforce the law by writing tickets, issuing warrants, or making arrests. Schools enforce policies for students by taking away recess, sending them to speak with the principal, or giving extra tasks to do. There are also rules when you live in a homeowners association. How strict or lenient these HOA rules can be is unique to each association, but there’s one thing all HOAs should have in common: enforcement of the rules.
‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and people love the convenience of ordering online. Avoiding the crowds and shopping from the comfort of your couch is an easy and appealing way to save time and get your gifts ordered all in one place. Whether you’re having your items shipped to your house or sent directly to the recipient, this day and age homeowners need to be on the lookout for individuals who steal packages from properties - also known as "porch pirates."
One of the hottest topics when it comes to HOA rules has to do with displaying the American flag. Typically, the issue isn’t whether the flag can be displayed – your right to display the American flag is protected by Federal law – but rather how the flag is being displayed. And it’s this issue that has a homeowner in Alabama determined to keep her flagpole in the ground. Check out the following news story.
Are your HOA board members able to handle the load of managing your homeowners association, or do you need a professional? This is a great question to be asking and there are a few factors to consider. If your board can handle some of the responsibilities but doesn’t want to take on all that needs to be managed and get done, then you may consider splitting the work between your volunteers and outside professionals.
Celebrating the 4th of July might look like traveling to visit friends and family, taking a vacation, or hosting you're annual block party. If you're planning on sticking close to home and barbecuing, setting up some water play for the kids, and watching fireworks in your homeowners association remind residents of the following information.
Does your HOA board deal with noise disturbance complaints from members? Noise is an inevitable reality in a condominium homeowners association. Condominium dwellers live in such close proximity, it’s essential that all residents consider the effect that noise will have on their neighbors – especially when it comes to long-term considerations, such as deciding on floor coverings, where to mount the flat-screen television or when to knock out a wall.