What Gives the Association the Right to Tell Me What to Do?

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you can do in our community.

Community associations have a governmental component. Like a city or county government, a community association has a charter—called the declaration. The declaration encompasses bylaws, covenants and other documents that give community associations their legal foundation.

These governing documents obligate the association to preserve and protect the assets of the community. To enable the board to meet this obligation, association governing documents also empower the board to make rules and define the process for adopting and enforcing them—within limits. Governing documents also establish parameters for the nature and type of rules the board can make.

State law gives associations the authority to make rules. These are called common interest community statutes, and they apply to condominiums, cooperatives, and property owners associations.

Remember, however, that the board can’t make or enforce any rule that is contrary to the governing documents, local ordinances, state law or federal regulations. Remember also that the board makes rules on your behalf—to protect your investment, your home.

Pearls of Wisdom

Photo via caionline.org

Photo via caionline.org

Have you ever wished that there was a compilation of tips for living in or leading an HOA?  CAI published one.  It’s called “Pearls of Wisdom” and it’s available for download on their website.

It’s divided into sections and the sections are called:

  • Be a Good Homeowner
  • Be a Good Neighbor
  • Be a Good Board Member
  • Be a Good Leader
  • Have Productive Meetings
  • Work with Committees
  • Develop a Successful Budget
  • Seek Compliance with Rules and Deed Restrictions
  • Tenants and Kids, Parking and Pets
  • Working with Difficult Personalities
  • Foster Community Spirit
  • Know When it’s Time to Go

The tips are typically one to two sentences long, which makes for quick and easy reading.

Click on the photo above or click here to download.