What is a Homeowners' Association?
Homeowners' associations, unlike neighborhood associations, are formal legal entities created to maintain common areas and enforce private deed restrictions (CC&R's). Most condominium and townhome developments and some newer single-family subdivisions have homeowners' associations, which are usually created when the development is built.
Features of a Homeowners' Association:
- Membership is mandatory for all property owners within the boundaries of the development
- Members are usually charged mandatory fees
- Homeowners' associations have the legal authority to enact and enforce maintenance and design standards in addition to those established by City ordinances
- Homeowners' associations are corporations with formal bylaws - there is usually a governing board which hires a property management company to handle maintenance and enforcement issues
- Many homeowners' associations publish a newsletter, which is sent to members at the association's expense.