Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are good and necessary not-profit entities that are designed to efficiently, effectively and economically operate communities where the homes were designed together to be a co-operative unit for protection, aesthetics and management. They can be very positive tools and they can also be very frustrating tools. It really depends on the attitudes of the directors and officers that are elected to conduct the management.
HOAs can create beauty, harmony and co-operation for a community. It becomes more difficult when the size increases. Generally, the work of the directors and officers can be thankless and very difficult. It’s hard to please everybody all the time. If done well, it is a job that merits compensation, but such is rarely done.
Unfortunately, they often are found to have leaders who are driven by personal goals and ego and fail to operate as a democracy. There are times that the architectural control committee over-steps it powers to assert its own personal designs. Sometimes assessments are made that don’t represent the entire community and often it can be found that decisions are made without input from the whole community. Sometimes it occurs that leaders fail to stand up to the more dominant few leaders and let wrong decisions be made.
However, these are frustrations that are experienced in any “government”. Members need to breathe deeply, think clearly and patiently and do their best to work harmoniously.
Suggestion: If you are a member of an HOA, it would be a good idea to get a copy of the HOA Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Restrictions and Regulations and governing policies and know what you have agreed to and identify with the individuals who sacrifice time and energy for the Association.