A homeowner’s association can improve the quality and appeal of your community when leveraged the right way. Often, the most successful HOA’s are the ones with active involvement from community members.
If you desire to have a greater influence on your HOA, here are some tips to help you get involved.
Active homeowner’s associations will periodically share information with their members. You may receive communication regarding social events, crime, amenities and upcoming meetings. Reading these messages can help you stay informed about what happens in your community. According to U.S. News, you will also receive information about changes to HOA rules or requirements. Making a habit of reading any communication you receive from your HOA may help you prevent consequences for violating covenants you may have overlooked.
Participate in meetings
When you are actively involved in your community and informed of the latest news, you can feel prepared and confident to participate in HOA meetings. You may even consider becoming a board member where you can participate more directly in important tasks including the following:
- Collecting community feedback
- Assessing concerns and suggestions
- Identifying solutions
- Voting for updates or additions to HOA rules
- Planning community events
Even if you do not want to take on the responsibility of joining the board, you can actively participate in HOA meetings. If you have concerns, know the agenda for each meeting so you can prepare to ask your questions.
By law, you have rights as a homeowner. If your HOA violates these rights, you may need legal counsel to aid you. Staying actively involved in your HOA may help you prevent problems and also give you the opportunity to advocate for others in your community.