Homeowner Education

Welcome to our Homeowner Education Resources section, designed to empower our community with knowledge and support for harmonious living.

Here, you'll find a wealth of information to enhance your homeowner experience and foster a strong sense of community. Discover a treasure trove of valuable information, including articles, guides, links, and a comprehensive FAQ section, all aimed at enhancing your experience of living in an HOA and fostering a strong sense of community.

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First Time Home Buyers Guide to HOAsĀ  - Your Checklist for Buying in an HOA, Condo, or Planned Community

How To Be A Good Neighbor

HOA RULES AND REGULATIONS 101 - Whether you are just moving into an HOA-run community or have already lived in one for years, it is important for you to get to know your HOA rules and regulations. But, what are these rules anyway? And who decides what rules to make?

How to Create a Good Working Relationship with Board Members

Frequently Asked Questions


Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) and Their Benefits

Living in an HOA community can offer several benefits, including the maintenance of common areas, amenities like pools and parks, property value protection, and a structured framework for dispute resolution among neighbors.

CCRs are the rules and regulations established by the HOA to govern how properties within the community are used and maintained. They often cover issues such as architectural guidelines, landscaping requirements, and acceptable use of common areas.

HOA bylaws are a set of governing rules and procedures that dictate how the HOA is run. They typically cover matters like board member elections, meeting procedures, assessment collection, and dispute resolution processes.

Homeowners can get involved in the HOA by attending regular meetings, running for a position on the HOA board, volunteering for committees, and actively participating in community events. By doing so, you can have a say in the decisions that affect your community.


Budgets & Assessments in an HOA

HOA assessments, also known as dues or fees, are the funds collected from homeowners to cover the costs of maintaining and improving the community. These assessments are typically determined based on the budget, divided among homeowners, and can vary depending on factors like the size of your property or the amenities offered. Understanding how assessments are calculated and what they cover is essential for homeowners to budget effectively.

Yes, HOA assessments can increase over time. The decision to increase assessments is typically made by the HOA board of directors, and it's based on the needs outlined in the budget. Homeowners often have the opportunity to provide input or vote on assessment increases, depending on the HOA's governing documents. Being informed about this process helps homeowners prepare for potential increases in their dues.

Failing to pay HOA assessments can have serious consequences. Typically, the HOA has the legal authority to enforce collection through measures such as late fees, interest charges, liens on your property, or even foreclosure in extreme cases. It's essential to understand the payment terms and consequences outlined in your HOA's governing documents to avoid potential issues.

If you want to have a say in the HOA budgeting process, consider attending HOA board meetings, joining committees related to finances, or running for a position on the board. Active homeowner participation can ensure that the budget aligns with the community's needs and preferences.


Making Architectural Changes in Your Home Within an HOA

Common architectural changes that might require approval from your HOA include:

  • Adding or modifying a fence or wall
  • Installing solar panels
  • Changing roofing materials or color
  • Adding a new structure (e.g., a shed, patio, or pergola)
  • Exterior painting or siding changes
  • Altering landscaping in a significant way

It's essential to check your HOA's specific guidelines to determine which changes require approval.


Refer to your HOA's governing documents, often called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), and any architectural guidelines or rules. These documents will outline what changes require approval and the application process.

The architectural review process is typically a formal procedure for submitting and reviewing proposed architectural changes. Here's a general outline of how it works:

  1. Submit an Application: You'll need to complete an application provided by the HOA. Include details, plans, and specifications for the proposed change.
  2. Review by the Architectural Committee: The HOA's architectural committee or a similar body will review your application to ensure it complies with the community's guidelines.
  3. Notification: You'll receive notification of the decision within a specified timeframe, which varies by HOA.
  4. Approval or Rejection: Your application may be approved as submitted, approved with conditions, or rejected.
  5. Completion: If approved, complete the project according to the approved plans and any conditions set forth.
  6. Inspection: The HOA may inspect the completed work to ensure compliance.

The specifics of the process can vary widely, so always consult your HOA's guidelines for details.

The timeframe for approval or rejection varies from one HOA to another. Some HOAs may respond within a few weeks, while others may take several months. It's essential to check your HOA's guidelines or contact the architectural committee for an estimated timeframe.

Yes, the HOA has the authority to reject architectural changes that do not comply with the community's guidelines, even if you follow the rules. However, decisions should be made fairly and in accordance with the governing documents. If your application is rejected, you may have the option to appeal or modify your plans to meet the HOA's requirements.

Some HOAs charge application fees to cover administrative costs and review expenses. These fees vary by HOA and may be non-refundable, even if your application is rejected. Check your HOA's guidelines for information on any associated fees.

Making unapproved changes can result in various consequences, including:

  • Receiving a notice to revert the changes to their original state.
  • Fines or penalties for non-compliance.
  • Legal action from the HOA.
  • Difficulty selling your home, as potential buyers may be deterred by unresolved HOA violations.

It's crucial to follow the proper approval process to avoid these issues.

Most HOAs have an appeals process in place. If your application is rejected, you can typically request an appeal and present your case to a higher authority within the HOA. Follow the guidelines outlined in your HOA's governing documents for the appeals procedure.

If you have questions or need guidance, reach out to your HOA's management company or the architectural committee. They can provide you with the necessary forms, guidelines, and information to navigate the process successfully.


HOA Rules & Regulations

You can access a copy of your community's HOA rules and regulations through our website. Log in to your homeowner portal, and you will find a section dedicated to documents and resources, including a downloadable PDF of the rules and regulations specific to your community.

Yes, HOAs can change or update rules and regulations, but it typically requires a formal process that may involve homeowner input and board approval. Any changes must adhere to state laws and your community's governing documents.

If a homeowner violates HOA rules and regulations, the HOA management company will typically follow a predefined enforcement process. This may involve sending violation notices, fines, or, in extreme cases, legal action. It's important to address violations promptly to maintain a harmonious community.


Importance of HOA Meetings & Quorums

A quorum is the minimum number of homeowners required to hold an official HOA meeting or make binding decisions. It ensures that decisions made in meetings represent the collective will of the community. Without a quorum, important decisions might be delayed or deferred, potentially impacting the HOA's ability to function effectively.

Most HOAs recognize that not all homeowners can attend meetings in person. Many now offer virtual attendance options, allowing residents to participate remotely through video conferencing or online platforms. Check with your HOA to see if such options are available.

If a quorum is not met for a crucial meeting, the HOA may need to reschedule the meeting or explore alternative ways to obtain homeowner input, such as through surveys or electronic voting. It's essential for homeowners to make an effort to attend or submit proxies to prevent these disruptions.

Yes, homeowners can have a say in HOA matters by actively communicating with the board and attending meetings when possible. Additionally, many HOAs encourage homeowners to appoint proxies to represent them at meetings if they can't attend. Staying informed and engaged in the community through email updates or newsletters is also essential for participation.