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Homeowners' association boards must protect their communities

Property values, quality of life and safety are some of the things that many California homebuyers search for as they tour homes and communities. Finding these and other benefits to living in certain communities often come with homeowners' association boards, which many homeowners consider double-edged swords. While they appreciate the protections, they are not as thrilled with the enforcement of rules.

This may be why homeowners' association boards exist

A good portion of the time, paying those monthly or quarterly dues to a California community is more of an inconvenience than it appears to be worth. However, there are times when homeowners' association boards seem to earn the money in their coffers. For instance, when the local government comes after the community for some reason, it is the board's job to stand between homeowners and the governmental agency.

Not all homeowners' association boards are worthy of trust

Many California residents find themselves in the position of trusting strangers with their money when they move into a new neighborhood. They have to trust that the homeowners' association boards in charge of their communities will use the dues they pay in according with the community's rules, bylaws and CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions). When that does not happen, it can erode relationships within the community and pit neighbor against neighbor.

Can homeowners' association boards make discriminatory rules?

This is the question that one condominium owner in one of California's neighboring states is asking. The problem that many people come across is that homeowners' association boards believe that they can make any rules they want -- even if they end up discriminating against groups of people protected by federal and state law. Making matters worse is that HOA members believe it as well, so boards are never appropriately challenged.

Will the state rein in homeowners' association boards?

Elections at the federal and state level are monitored to make sure that everyone eligible to vote has the chance to do so without interference. It would be logical to believe that all elections, no matter how large or small would be the same way, but that may not be the case. As it turns out, the elections for homeowners' association boards often defy this logic, and the California legislature may do something to change that.

Can homeowners' association boards ban certain people?

Federal law protects certain classes of people from discrimination. It does not matter whether the individual is in the workplace or applying for housing, those individuals covered by federal and/or California law may not be discriminated against. What about the people who are not part of any of those groups? Could homeowners' association boards ban certain people from living in their communities as long as they are not part of a protected group?

Homeowners' association boards ought to enforce the rules fairly

Uniformity is often desired in many California residential communities. Keeping the appearance of the neighborhood consistent often helps owners retain their property values and makes a neighborhood more desirable. When homeowners fail to adhere to the rules regarding the way their properties look, homeowners' association boards may contact them to request that they correct the problem.

Can the new HOA board change the old one's decisions?

Many California residents like to think that there is some semblance of democracy when living in a residential community. The homeowners elect the HOA board, which then enforces the community's laws. However, as is the case with any governing body, the newly elected officials sometimes attempt to reverse or otherwise override the decisions of the prior board.

Can homeowners' association boards prevent home sales?

When it comes time to sell a home in a California residential community, a seller may have quite a journey ahead. Preparing the home for sale and finding a buyer may seem like the most challenging part of the process, but one task may prove more problematic. Homeowners' association boards may prevent a sale if they fail to provide the seller with certification.

Homeowners' association boards can't discriminate

It may be difficult for some California residents to believe that discrimination continues to be a problem in today's society. Even so, many people discover the hard way that people continue to judge others based on things such as gender, race and religion. Some homeowners' association boards attempt to discriminate against prospective or current homeowners in violation of state and federal law as well.

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