Living in certain California communities of single-family homes comes at a price. Every month, homeowners' association boards around the state collect monthly or quarterly dues. Many residents end up wondering just what bang they get for their bucks.
When California residents purchase a home, part of the reason they do so may be in order to have the freedom to decorate it as they wish. Painting the walls, the exterior and planting flowers, among other things, should be part of that experience. However, some homeowners' association boards have too much say in how homeowners can decorate their homes.
No one wants to be the "bad guy," especially when they live in the same California neighborhood. However, one of the primary duties of an HOA board is to enforce the rules of the association. This may be an uncomfortable task, but it is also a necessary one.
Many of California's residential communities come with attractive amenities, but at a price. Homeowners in these communities pay dues to their homeowners' association boards, but that may not be the worst part. Some HOA boards may attempt to impose unrealistic requirements on those who live in the neighborhood that could potentially put the safety and property of residents at risk.
Buyers may be able to choose among thousands of housing communities and condominiums here in California when they look to purchase a home. Many of the options come with homeowners' association boards who administer and enforce the rules and regulations of the community chosen. Before agreeing to make a purchase, it may be a good idea to get as much information as possible regarding the HOA and the board.
Instead of having the traditional pets such as cats, dogs and birds, some people opt to take another route and own a potbellied pig. These small, and undoubtedly cute, creatures often blend right in with their human and four-legged families. California residents belonging to communities with HOAs may want to do some investigating before making their purchase to determine whether the homeowners' association boards in their communities will not makes waves about it.
Many of California's neighborhoods butt up against public lands. In some cases, the homeowners' association boards have entered into agreements with the cities in which they are located. For a variety of reasons, a board may end up with an issue concerning its agreements with the city.
The 2017 California legislative session saw some changes that affect residential communities. Some of the changes specifically apply to homeowners' association boards. Since these new laws may change the way HOAs work, it may be helpful to know what happened.
Every organization has some kind of structure. Homeowners' association boards here in California and elsewhere are no different. Most are made up of the president, vice president and treasurer. More than likely, a secretary handles the paperwork, takes and keeps the minutes and handles the notifications.
One particularly thorny issue facing some HOAs is that of sober houses popping up in their midst. A sober house is a residence that serves recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, allowing them a place to stay among similar individuals in recovery. Sober houses are not treatment centers, per se, but serve as support mechanisms for people pursuing similar goals of sobriety and reintegration into normal society.