Just about everyone knows that the federal government and the state of California prohibit employers from discriminating against people based on race, religion or gender, among other things. Those same prohibitions extend to housing, which includes homeowners' associations. Recently, HOA members in another state took a stand against a board member who was racially profiling a member of their community.
Many California homeowners live with the rules of their communities. Homeowners' association members may not be able to paint their homes a color they want to or may not be able to put in an addition to their home if the HOA board will not approve it. Sometimes, these rules seem unreasonable, and those who live in the community may be able to make changes.
When buying a car, signing up for a credit card or undertaking any other potential financial obligation, most California residents take the time to look into the fine print. What kinds of hidden costs or surprises could come with those obligations? Prospective homeowners' association members may want to ask themselves the same question.
Living in a residential neighborhood here in California often comes with certain obligations to the whole community. One of those obligations could include being part of and paying dues to a homeowners' association. As homeowners' association members, residents are required to adhere to certain rules, conditions, covenants and restrictions, which are enforced by the board.
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.