There are over 350,000 HOAs in the United States. All of these are probably unique from others in terms of specific rules, HOA members, and resources available. However, the duties of each HOA board should remain the same throughout.
If you're starting an HOA board of directors, you can probably benefit from learning about these duties. This can help you and your board make an action plan. Read on to learn about some of the things HOA board members do.
Enforcing Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations aren't worth anything if no one follows them. Who makes sure HOA community members follow the rules and regulations? The HOA board does.
The board creates rules and regulations. Then they enforce them. They identify rule breakers and deal with them according to their governing documents.
Sometimes a community association manager handles this, but this isn't always the case.
Ensuring Compliance With Laws
HOA boards can do a lot, but they can't do everything. There are plenty of state and federal laws that limit the rules an HOA can create, potential residents they can refuse, etc. HOA board members must ensure that they follow these laws.
If an HOA board breaks these laws, it could face severe legal punishment. Unfortunately, many HOA members often don't have the legal experience to fully understand these laws. They may need to get help from a lawyer and/or an HOA management company.
Managing Common Areas
At least part of the money an HOA board collects goes toward maintaining community facilities. This can include buildings like a gym and/or a pool. These need to remain clean and structurally sound to keep community members comfortable.
HOA board members are responsible for facilitating this maintenance. Either they clean and repair the buildings themselves or they hire service workers to handle it.
Setting HOA Budgets
It's not a good idea for HOA board members to spend funds from HOA fees however they want. They should spend these funds on things that benefit community members. If they don't, they'll lose the community's trust.
Therefore, at least some HOA meetings should involve budgeting. Board members need to discuss how much money they have to spend and how they should spend it.
Conflicts within HOA communities are inevitable. Neighbors may argue over property lines, board members may argue with community members, etc.
These conflicts need to be resolved so the community can have peace and order. Legal cases and law enforcement can handle these. However, HOA board members should attempt to resolve the conflict first.
We'll Help Your HOA Board
Running an HOA board can require a lot of tasks. It's not impossible to handle them all. However, don't be surprised if you cause your HOA team to become incredibly exhausted.
What if it all becomes too much? If so, you should hire our HOA management services. Our managers can take most of the workload off the shoulders of your board members to make their lives easier.
Contact us today with any questions that you may have.