A lot of times when asking this question, it opens an interesting dialogue. Some people either really like their HOA and appreciate the benefits that come with living in a planned community, while others feel the exact opposite. Let’s face it, community associations and the management companies they hire are required to enforce the governing documents. Not everyone likes rules and even more so, the enforcement of such rules.
What you need to know is that your community association serves you as a member of your community. If there is something that you don’t like or agree with or if you have a specific question or concern, we encourage you to attend your community board meeting. A portion of the board meeting has been set aside just for you as a homeowner within the community. It is called the homeowner forum. This is your opportunity to communicate directly with your Board of Directors. If you would like to see change in your community, attending your community board meeting is the first step in the process.
By attending your community board meetings, oftentimes you will walk away with a deeper understanding as to why things are being done the way that they are. There could be financial constraints prohibiting the completion of a project, laws preventing your ideas from being achieved, insufficient reserve funding for the repairs you’d like to see, etc. If after attending your board meeting you are not satisfied with the answers you’ve received, we suggest that you continue attending the board meetings and become more deeply involved. Get to know your board members. Ask questions. Continue voicing your concerns and be heard!
The most effective way to bring change to your community is to run for your Board of Directors. As a board member you get to determine what actions you’d like to have taken and also vote for specific actions to be taken. This is how real change is implemented. Volunteering to serve your community as a board member is an honorable thing to do. As a board member, you have the ability to make a real difference in your community. It requires time and commitment, but it can be a highly rewarding experience. By serving your community as a board member you become an active part of the change you’d like to see.
Everyone has their own opinions regarding their HOA. By attending your community’s board meetings, you will learn more about your association’s operations, as well as have your questions and concerns addressed by the Board of Directors during the homeowner forum. The bottom line is, if you want to see real change in your community, you need to get involved!
About Tru-Star Management Solutions
Tru-Star Management Solutions is a full-service, boutique HOA management firm specializing in providing high level, personal service to Arizona’s beautiful community associations. The company’s personal approach to superior management, as well as the years of experience of their talented community management team are key differentiators for the firm. For more information, visit www.trustarmgmt.com.