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HOAs and Owner Involvement: An Oxymoron? (part 3 of 3)

Guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Exploring Solutions and Empowering HOA Residents

CAI proposes the following in Community Association Living:

“… the board has an obligation to listen to the owners’ concerns and to take those concerns into consideration in making its decisions. Formal means for obtaining owner input include the:

  • Resident/owner forum at board meetings
  • Participation of owners on committees
  • Annual membership meeting

Other means of owner input include owner surveys and letters and suggestions from owners. Just as a board has the responsibility to encourage owner input via these means, owners have the responsibility to use them to make their views known.”

HOAs and Owner Involvement: An Oxymoron? (part 2 of 3)

guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Debunking the myth that owners can actually change their HOAs

CAI’s educational booklet makes the assumption that owners elect their Board. In reality, the Developer appoints the Board – or at least one or more members of the Board – for several years, or even decades during construction. When the developer still controls the Board and possesses weighted voting rights, isn’t owner participation essentially a moot point?

HOAs & Owner Involvement: An Oxymoron? (part 1 of 3)

guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Let’s get real!

One of the most common laments of HOA industry professionals is this: “Owners are apathetic. No matter what we do, we cannot get them involved in governance of the community.”

I have previously blogged, tongue-in-cheek, about the tendency of Boards to cultivate apathy. Today I will explore the issue in more depth.

Is it realistic to expect widespread participation?

Historically, few people actively participate in city, town, or county government, so what makes anyone believe that there would be a higher participation rate in HOAs?

What Happens When Government Fails to Ensure Quality Construction in HOAs?

guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Does your HOA have problems with shoddy construction or defects in common areas such as roads, storm water drainage, street lighting? Did your developer fail to deliver what was promised at the time of sale?

If so, you’re not alone. Check out the video reports linked below. Hidden Lake Estates HOA in Sherwood, Arkansas, has issues with poor drainage, causing owners’ yards to flood every time it rains. At Stone Hill Estates HOA in Durham, North Carolina, the Developer has left roads, sidewalks and storm water drainage systems unfinished for several years.

The Rental Restriction Quandary in Residential HOAs

guest blog by Deborah Goonan

One of the most controversial battles in residential HOAs and Condos centers on rental restrictions. This blog analyzes the arguments for and against rental restrictions in HOAs, and why the ratio of tenants to owners in Associations has become a hot button issue.

The argument against rental restrictions