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What to know before becoming homeowners' association members

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.

Homeowners' association members should review their statements

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.

Homeowners' association members face lawsuits -- over paint

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.

Can HOA members trust the board to keep common areas safe?

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.

Homeowners' association members fight back

Living in a condominium often provides California residents with the amenities they want and the home maintenance that they do not want. More often than not, condo living requires dwellers to be homeowners' association members. Paying those monthly fees may not be ideal, but it is supposed to help ensure that the building is well-maintained.

What rights do homeowners' association members have?

When searching for your perfect home or condominium here in California, one of your requirements may be to have access to certain community amenities. You may already be aware that those perks usually come with paying dues to a homeowners' association. While HOAs often have authority over many of your actions, homeowners' association members also have rights.

Environmentally conscious HOA members and their electric cars

Many California residents are environmentally conscious. This may mean using green materials in their homes, advocating for environmental changes and perhaps even owning an electric car. Owning a single family residence in a community with a homeowners' association could make having one of these vehicles easier since they can make the appropriate arrangements to charge it, even as HOA members in a community.

Homeowners' association members question use of funds

Those living in housing communities here in Laguna Hills may enjoy numerous amenities and beautifully landscaped common areas. More than likely, this is due to the existence of an HOA. As homeowners' association members, those who live in these communities should be afforded the right to know where their dues go.

What should prospective homeowners' association members look for?

Finding the right house here in California can take some time. Prospective buyers look at several factors when deciding the right location and type of home. One other thing they need to consider is the pros and cons of becoming homeowners' association members.

Homeowners' association members often fear special assessments

Many California residents live on a budget. Fixed costs such as mortgage loan payments allow them to find the wiggle room in their budgets that allow them to pay off bills, go on vacation or buy new furniture. Another ordinarily fixed cost that homeowners' association members rely on is their monthly or quarterly dues. When an HOA notifies members of a special assessment, it could come as a shocking addition to the budget.

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