Communication is key in any relationship, but it’s particularly important when living in a homeowners association.
Failure to do so can result in misunderstandings or arguments between neighbors. It can also cause unpleasant feelings towards your managers. To avoid these misunderstandings or difficulties, there are some simple tips to help encourage better communication in the community.
- Attend monthly meetings. Find out when and where your HOA meets and go. Even if you don’t have an issue to bring up, it’s good to know what’s going on in the community. It’s also good to know your board members and to make sure they know you. That way, you know who you can go to when there’s an issue or a question.
- If you can’t attend meetings, find out where minutes are posted. If they aren’t posted anywhere, contact your community’s secretary and ask for some highlights or important information.
- Volunteer for committees. The more involved you are, the more open the lines of communication are.
- Be familiar with your community’s disclosure packet and bylaws. The more you know, the less confusion there is. If you have a question about one of the bylaws, email your community manager.
- Take the time to say “Hi” to your neighbors when you see them around. A smile and a wave go a long way towards building community ties.
- If you do notice a neighbor disregard the rules, gently remind them of the policies. If you notice that they are ignoring the rules on a frequent basis, be sure to submit a complaint, via email, to your community manager so that they can handle it. That way, there’s less tension among the neighbors.
Of course there are many other ways to maintain good communication within a community, but these tips can be a start. Let us know how your community communicates!