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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Homeowners Association?
Homeowners Association (HOA) are self-governing organizations ran by volunteers or resident homeowners who cultivate a community to maintain the neighborhood or units. They are established with the intent to protect shared assets and institute a code of conduct while wielding well-founded financial practices.
Why does the HOA have a board?
The board serves as a driving force for HOA operations and are an integral part in HOA's functionality, they are elected by homeowners during annual meetings.
What are the Board of Directors responsibile for?
The board of Directors are responsible for carrying out the operations on behalf of the organization, these responsibilities include calculation of budgets, enforcement and collection of fees, contracting vendors for maintenance on facilities, and overall oversight on the well-being of the community and its assets.
What is my role as a homeowner?
As a homeowner your responsibility is to preserve property values and ensure a lifestyle that all neighboring residents can enjoy. Adherence to the governing documents, CC&R, and paying the assessment used to operate the community are legal responsibilities as a member of your community association. If you'd like to influence the direction of the association, you may volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.
How to I find/contact my local HOA?
You can reach the board of our HOA by email at: Additionally, there are open meetings that will be announced in the events section, where residents can attend and have a platform to speak with other members of the HOA or just to get updated on local affairs.
How do I check if my house is part of a HOA?
Upon purchasing the home, the homeowner will have been notified of their HOA status.
What are the Governing Documents of the association?
The Governing Documents such as the 'Bylaws' and 'HOA Rules and Regulation' are used as a recorded declaration that govern the operations interested in the developing and maintaining well-being of the association and its members.
Do renters or owners pay HOA dues?
The owner of the property is issued the fees and are responsible for any missed payments, if the property owner is renting out the property they may decide to include the HOA fees in the tenant's bill.
How does the HOA boards enforce rules?
Usually, the organization will cordially bring the issue to the member's attention if they feel there is a misconduct. If the member refuses to cooperate they will then recieve a violation letter. Continued disorderly behavior from the resident would result in fines which would be done in accordance to the enforcement policy. Upon further escalation, in some cases the resident will be extended an invitation to a board meeting to discuss further action. An individual with a large accumulation of ignored fines may be taken to small claims court.
Can the HOA fine you?
Yes, an HOA can levy fines against residents if they have been found to violating the terms of agreement.
What happens if you don't pay HOA fines?
The issued punishments may grow in severity if the resident continues to ignore the fine without appeal, actions could include additional fines, legal repercussions or possibly a lien on the homeowners property.
Can the HOA evict a homeowner?
In short, no the HOA cannot evict a homeowner. For renters, the landlord has the power to evict the tenant if they fail to satisfy the requirements of the lease, which may incorportate terms from the HOA governing documents. For homeowners, the HOA can oversee and enforce the governing documents upon its members and request to foreclose on your house but they do not have the authority to evict residents.
What is an assessment?
Assessments are one-time payments from HOA members that are determined by the board of directors at the start of each year, Its purpose is to cover unanticipated costs. These payments are not part of the monthly dues and depend on the divide between the calculated budget and the actual costs.
What do the fees pay for?
The collected fees are used to cover the cost of operating and reserve expenses the community organization is legally obligated to maintain. Operational costs that are included in the fees may cover expenses such as taxes, water, and electricity provided to each homeowner in the district. The reservation funds are an accumulated budget that is allocated towards paying out potential future costs such as home repairs, street repairs, or other major components the association is responsible for.
What is CC&R?
The Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions are legally binding documents listing the HOA's responsibility over property and its maintainence as well as the conditions and restrictions for members of the organization.
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