Within a homeowner’s association, it is customary for certain maintenance responsibilities to fall to the HOA itself and others to be carried out by individual homeowners. Clearly identifying these two categories can sometimes be challenging, however. In a new statement to the press, Kuester Management Group provides some insight and illumination.
“If you’re not sure which maintenance responsibilities fall to homeowners and which fall to the Association, the first step is to check the governing documents,” comments Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “The Association’s CC&Rs should clearly lay out the maintenance duties.”
As a general rule, Kuester continues, the Association is tasked with upkeep within public spaces. The scope of responsibilities here includes regular inspections and preventative maintenance for all common areas; investigation into any complaints about common areas; and the prompt completion of repairs when needed, possibly drawing from the HOA reserve fund.
Individual homeowners are generally tasked with maintenance duties for their own homes and lots. “Some HOAs will include services like roofing and exterior paint for all homeowners—but again, that’s something to look into within your governing documents,” remarks Kuester.
Homeowners within the HOA are expected to keep their property maintained to the Association’s standards; meanwhile, the HOA is expected to enforce these policies fairly. “If one homeowner simply isn’t keeping his home well-maintained, the Board may need to step in and send a violation notice,” comments Kuester.
Again, all of these general guidelines are subject to HOA governing documents. “Not all HOAs will have exactly the same rules, so it’s important to consult those CC&Rs before you do anything else,” advises Kuester.
Those who need assistance analyzing or refining their HOA governing documents may wish to consult with the professional management services that Kuester Management Group offers. “We want to bring clarity to these issues and help homeowners to get along with their Association,” Kuester says. “That’s a big push for our HOA management team.”
More information about the HOA management services offered by Kuester Management Group can be found online at www.kuester.com. The company is active throughout North and South Carolina.
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time. Other key services include document keeping, financial oversight, and other critical back-end functions. More information is available at www.kuester.com or @KuesterCompany.