If you regularly attend board meetings, pay your HOA fees on time, volunteer on a committee, and read the monthly newsletter, you may already be an all-star member in your homeowner's association. But if you find that you aren't consistently doing those things, then the new year is a great opportunity to start. Below are five ways you can earn gold-start status in your association.
1. Follows the rules
Just like when you were a kid on the playground the rules were there for a reason. Waiting in line for the slide taught you patience and courtesy, and being forbidden to flip off the swings kept you from getting your head split open.
Your homeowners association has rules too. Make it a point to read them, understand them and follow them because they will teach you your rights and responsibilities as well as keep you safe. The rules can be found in your covenant and by-laws. Can’t find these documents? Request them from your manager.
2. Read Communications
Remember when the teacher’s newsletter or a permission slip would get sent home? If you didn’t give it to mom and dad, you would be the only one without something on show-and-tell day, or left behind while you watched the bus drive away to the museum.
If you get a notice from your homeowners association manager or Board, don’t ignore it, especially if the notice is about a rule violation, fine, or outstanding assessment. A $10 fine could easily turn into a $100 fine if not dealt with.
A notice from the association could also be a good thing, announcing a new beautification project or an event at the clubhouse that you wouldn’t want to miss.