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What Your Association Board Does For You

A community has a board to help the HOA run smoothly. The board is comprised of resident volunteers who accomplish a wide variety of tasks you may not be aware of; however, their work affects every single resident.

One of the most important things the board does is create and implement the community association rules. While some residents may not like being told what they can and can’t do, ultimately the board is looking out for the best interests of the entire community. By enforcing the rules, the board is doing its best to keep property value up and conflicts down. Of course, the board wants to make sure the rules are beneficial for the majority—and hopefully all—residents. You are welcome to raise concerns about the fairness of rules at open board meetings.

Another notable responsibility of the board is to collect HOA fees from homeowners. Collecting this money is important for the stability of the homeowner association, because the fees, also called assessments, pay for the common amenities enjoyed by all residents. Assessments also help to replenish the reserve funds, which pay for any major repairs the association may need. The board is entirely responsible for the association’s finances, and collecting assessments is how it ensures that the association remains stable.

Finally, the board acts on behalf of the association by hiring attorneys, contractors and managers, like Southern Community Services, who help better the association. Board members also help develop and carry out many of the projects that will improve the HOA.

While it’s a substantial job, board members are happy to serve the residents and make the community a great place to call home. So why not learn more about what these volunteers do by talking to your board members, attending an open board meeting or even running for a seat on the board during our next election? The more people being active members of the community, the stronger it will be.