A homeowner’s association (HOA) usually comes with a lot of negative connotations. Usually, when people are talking about their HOA, they are complaining about how they had to pay a fine for their grass being too long or how they could not paint their door the color they wanted. HOAs receive a lot of negative attention because they can limit homeowners from doing whatever they want with their homes. What people often do not consider, however, are all of the things that heir association does for them on a daily basis. Your HOA works diligently to ensure that all of the homeowners in your neighborhood are abiding by the same rules as you. The HOA representatives ensure that your neighbor’s yard is not so unsightly that it decreases the value of your home. They also work to resolve any minor disputes between neighbors that do not require police intervention. Finally, they work to keep the streets clean so that the home values in the neighborhood are kept in line with their standards.
As we mentioned, most people have more negative feelings about their homeowner’s association. The good news is that as a member of the association, you have the ability to request changes to the policies and participate in the homeowner association voting process. Each HOA will have a different voting process, so it is important to look into the voting procedures before suggesting making a change to allow homeowners to paint their doors red. Below are some of the steps that you may need to take to initiate a vote.
- First, you should look into what you need to do to propose a change to the HOA policies. You may need to put your suggested change in writing, but you may also be required to put in a motion and have someone second the motion for the policy to be considered.
- Once you have gotten your HOA to consider the change, you will need to get some support behind you. If you are already popular in your neighborhood, then this will not be a difficult task. All you need to do is talk to some of your neighbors, help them understand why your door being painted red is not going to affect them negatively, and encourage them to participate in the Homeowner Association voting process.
- One problem that occurs in many homeowners’ associations is that the homeowners do not care enough to participate in the voting. If you are having a difficult time getting people to show up and vote for the amendment to the policies, then you should discuss implementing some form of online voting.