Joining a homeowners association means following the rules and regulations set by the association’s board or its HOA management company. While some property owners are fine with following the guidelines set by their association, such as regulations about landscaping, parking, or home improvement, others owners might feel tense about following rules for their homes.
Residents who struggle with certain aspects of HOAs can contribute to tension in the association, so it’s important for homeowners to keep certain tips in mind for living in a homeowners association.
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#1 Be aware of the rules beforehand.
Before deciding to buy or rent a home in a homeowners association, you’ll want to do the necessary research. Check out the HOA’s policies on areas like property management fees, parking, pets allowed, and even noise regulations. Make sure you are okay with following all rules set by the association. And find out if the HOA is managed by volunteer board members or by a homeowners association management company.
#2 Get to know your neighbors.
If you have a problem with someone living around you, it’s advised to have open communication with them before consulting the board or HOA management. Speaking with your neighbors first will help in maintaining an amicable relationship and only involving the board for bigger rule problems.
And if there are larger issues that you are concerned about, it’s also a great item to reach out to your neighbors. If there’s a significant rule you’re unhappy with, it’s likely that other residents feel the same way. The HOA board should review rules regularly to make sure they are still relevant and serving of the community, so consulting with other residents who would also like a change can help you start petitioning the board for the change.
#3 Avoid court battles.
Any homeowners association will have to deal with some residents who just want to fight against the rules instead of respecting them. Don’t be one of those members. Dealing with court battles can lead to tension and emotional disruption, not to mention a lot of lost money, within the community. It’s best for everyone if every homeowner and the homeowners association management company is willing to be reasonable and negotiate.