Many residential communities have a homeowner's association (HOA) to make and enforce rules for the properties and its residents. The members of an HOA are the actual residents of that community. If a development has an HOA, membership is usually mandatory. A board of directors or governors are elected to enforce and oversee the Rules & Regulations and Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions of each HOA. These conditions sometimes include structural restrictions (the type of fences or landscape allowed) or aesthetic choices (the color paint of a house or the type of mailbox). Typically, dues are collected in accordance with the governing documents to pay for common area maintenance & repair and the upkeep of facilities. Here are ten things every HOA resident should know as received from a local management company.
Before you build or buy into a community with an HOA, talk to your realtor, the builder, or the developer of the community to find out all the information about the homeowners association. The governing documents should be recorded in the Register of Deeds office in the county which the community is located in. Do your research and be informed.