Voluntary vs Mandatory HOAs

CAM Voice

shutterstock_69741100When most people hear the term HOA, they assume it’s mandatory. However, there are some neighborhoods with voluntary community associations, which offer a little more leeway. But,  even these voluntary community associations come with their own pros and cons.

What Is a Mandatory HOA

A mandatory HOA is one that is just that: mandatory. If a resident purchases a house or condo within the neighborhood, they are required to join the HOA and follow all the guidelines set forth in the governing documents.

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Voluntary vs Mandatory HOAs

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a — Drone?

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Below is an article that was recently published in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Community Associations Institute Chapter magazine, Community Contact, Winter 2014: 

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a – – Drone?

by Julie E. Blend

You may have recently sightedadrone flying over Texas airspace, especially if you follow college football. A University of Texas student was arrested for flying a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium during the first home football game last fall. The incident raises the application of the newly enacted Texas Privacy Act. The Act, which governs Unmanned Aircraft (commonly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles, or “UAVs”), became effective September 1, 2013. Drone usage will undoubtedly increase with announcements by companies such as Amazon of plans to use drones for commercial delivery service. Although it is predicted the FAA will not meet its congressional deadline of September 2015 to adopt…

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a — Drone?

Voluntary vs Mandatory HOAs

CAM Voice

shutterstock_69741100When most people hear the term HOA, they assume it’s mandatory. However, there are some neighborhoods with voluntary community associations, which offer a little more leeway. But,  even these voluntary community associations come with their own pros and cons.

What Is a Mandatory HOA

A mandatory HOA is one that is just that: mandatory. If a resident purchases a house or condo within the neighborhood, they are required to join the HOA and follow all the guidelines set forth in the governing documents.

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Voluntary vs Mandatory HOAs

Can Recalled HOA Board Members Run for Reelection?

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shutterstock_140456059A board member makes a mistake and gets recalled, but can he or she run again for reelection? The answer to that question depends on why they were recalled in the first place. Even if they are allowed to run again, there are some advantages and disadvantages to consider.

Who Can and Can’t Run for Reelection?

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Can Recalled HOA Board Members Run for Reelection?

HOA Boards need to keep reserve budgets fully funded

Carolina Common Elements

Editor’s note: This column was authored by my colleague Peter B. Miller, a reserve specialist with Miller Dodson Associates. He is a frequent author and lecturer on the subject of capital reserves.

Q.Our condominium association last raised our assessments in 2010, which left us with a small surplus above our annual expenses to fund our reserve account. With no assessment increases since then, but increasing expenses, we are no longer able to meet our operating expenses, much less contribute to reserves. We are debating whether to have an annual increase so we can cover each year’s operating expenses as well as a 10 percent reserve contribution, or just approve a larger one-time increase that will keep our monthly dues amount the same for the next five years.

A. Let’s break this question down into two parts: 1) the need for annual assessment increases and 2) maintaining adequate replacement reserve…

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HOA Boards need to keep reserve budgets fully funded

Does my HOA have a say in my new addition?

Carolina Common Elements

Q:When I bought my house in Union County in 2010, I was told the homeowners’ association (HOA) for my community wasn’t a “legal” HOA and had no authority to enforce the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs). I am building an addition now and the HOA is asking my contractor for information on the project. How do I find out if it has the authority to govern additions or changes to my house and lot?

A: You cannot always depend on what a sales agent or someone else tells you about the restrictive covenants. What matters is whether the CCRs you refer to were put on public record before lots were sold and homes were built in your community.

If so, the next question is whether your specific lot is covered by the CCRs. Finally, an additional inquiry is whether the CCRs contain architectural-control provisions that allow the HOA or…

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Does my HOA have a say in my new addition?