What Authority Does a Community Association Have?
As a Homeowner in a Community Association, also known as a Homeowner or Condominium Association, it is important to understand the Association’s authority. Homeowner and Condominium Associations are established to maintain the common areas, enforce rules and regulations, and provide shared services for the residents of the community.
Enforcing Community Rules and Regulations
Community Associations have the authority to enforce rules and regulations that are established to ensure the orderly and harmonious operation of the community. These rules may include restrictions on the use of common areas, parking regulations, and architectural guidelines.
Managing Common Areas
They are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of common areas as outlined in the Governing Documents, such as parks, sidewalks, and recreational facilities. This includes hiring contractors to make repairs, mowing the lawns, and cleaning shared spaces.
Collecting and Managing Maintenance Fees
Homeowner and Condominium Associations collect assessments from Homeowners to fund common area maintenance and pay for shared services. The Association has the authority to set the fee amount and enforce payment.
Making and Enforcing Rules Regarding Use of Common Property
The Association has the authority to make rules regarding the use of common property, such as parks and recreational facilities. This includes setting rules for hours of operation, reserving areas for events, and enforcing rules regarding behavior and conduct.
Approving or Rejecting Changes to Individual Properties
Associations often have the authority to approve or reject changes that Homeowners want to make to their properties. This includes architectural changes, painting, and landscaping.
Hiring Contractors and Employees
They have the authority to hire contractors and employees as needed to maintain the common areas and provide shared services. This includes landscaping, security, and maintenance personnel.
Holding and Managing Funds
Homeowner and Condominium Associations also hold and manage the Association’s funds and budget. This includes collecting fees, paying bills, and investing the funds in appropriate financial vehicles.
Setting and Enforcing Fines
Finally, they have the authority to set and enforce fines for rule violations. These fines may be imposed for things like parking in a restricted area or failing to maintain your property.
It is important for Homeowners to understand what the Association can and cannot do, and to stay informed about the rules and regulations that apply to them. By working together with your community Association, you can help maintain a safe, attractive, and well-maintained community for everyone to enjoy. To better familiarize yourself and the residents of your home with the responsibilities assigned within your community, please review your community’s governing documents available through Trestle’s My-Community Web Portal or contact your Community Association Manager for assistance.
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