Living in one of California's residential communities often comes with paying for extras such as pools, landscaping and gyms, among other things. Homeowners' association members have the right to have their HOA payments spent appropriately. In some cases, the trust residents have for the board are misplaced, and when something is amiss, they need to fight back.
Whether due to forgetfulness or temporary inability, many California residents neglect to pay a bill at some point in their lives. In some cases, it is easy to resolve the issue by paying the bill as soon as possible. A late fee may have to be paid, but that puts an end to the matter. Unfortunately, when this happens to homeowners' association members, it may not be quite that simple.
Speeding is a problem in just about every California neighborhood. Each community addresses the issue in different ways. Last time, this blog addressed how some homeowners put out signs to get drivers to slow down that the HOA board rejected ("Homeowners' association members take a stand against speeders," April 24, 2018). This time, it is the HOA members who are fighting the measure that the board wants to put into place in order to curb speeding.
Part of the draw for parents to live in one of California's residential areas is that their children have a place to play with other kids in relative safety. When something threatens that safety, most homeowners' association members will do what they can to improve the conditions that may cause them harm. When an HOA board fails to allow parents to take those steps, it could start a conflict between members and the board.
One concern that nearly every California property owner has involves property values. Making sure your home retains its value, or increases in value, may be one of your primary goals as well. What you may not realize is that goal often requires that everyone in the community follows certain rules. Even though many end up in public disputes, most homeowners' association members do not complain about the board since most boards work to make sure that everyone's property values remain healthy.
Many California residents live in residential neighborhoods that provide them with extra amenities. In exchange, they pay dues as homeowners' association members. Paying those dues may also allow members access to meeting minutes, financial statements and other information upon request, but what happens if the board refuses to provide that information.
It seems as though there are good and bad points to just about everything. The same is true for becoming homeowners' association members. When California residents search for a new home, it may help to understand the major pros and cons of HOAs before making a decision about a certain property.
When hunting for a place to buy, many California residents look for certain amenities that communities provide. Those amenities are not free, however. More often than not, in order for homeowners to enjoy everything a community has to offer, they must become homeowners' association members and pay dues.
When moving into a California housing community, residents may have had to agree to follow certain rules and adhere to covenants, conditions and restrictions. Many homeowners' association members do, but over time, as new boards are voted in, they may find themselves in trouble with the new regime. Even though some aspect of their property may have been the same for years, a new board may take issue with it -- and then take legal action when a homeowner fails to bend to its will.
Part of what many California residents look for in a residence is a safe place to raise their children. HOA members rely on the boards to keep the common areas safe and free from hazards that could harm them or their children. When that does not happen, and injuries occur, some homeowners may look to the board for restitution.