If you have renters in your community, they are an important part of your homeowners association, and welcoming tenants could create a more positive environment. Having HOA board members take time to meet renters at community events, meetings, and social gatherings might be something for your Board to think about.
Sometimes renters can’t be reached to announce a party or meeting, especially if they are leasing from an out-of-state owner or a corporation. One way to curb this problem would be to try to compile a list of renter's contact information: name, address, and phone number. This may also come in handy, should there ever be an emergency in a rented unit.
It is also good to communicate with renters about your Association information, in case the owner of a unit doesn't pass along this information to their tenant. Here are a couple items to educate renters on in your homeowners association. These will help to make living in your community enjoyable and stress free for renters and owners!
All residents—owners and renters—must comply with Association rules and regulations.
They are reasonable rules that protect property values, preserve the nature of your community, and make life more enjoyable for everyone. If a renter needs a copy of your Association rules, please have them contact the manager or an HOA board member. The Association has the legal authority to enforce all rules, equitably and consistently. Sometimes it is difficult to take action against those who may not have received this important information, but it is the Board's obligation to do so.
Renters are entitled to all the privileges of Association membership except voting and attending Board meetings.
Use of the facilities and common areas are available to everyone. If you have contact information for everyone in the community, it gives residents the advantage of knowing what’s going on in the community through Association communication.
So, it is important to welcome new renters to your community, along with new owners. The HOA board should strive for all residents to enjoy their experience in your community—perhaps renters will even want to become an owner some day!