One of the necessary evils of running an HOA is having a clear set of rules. After all, it is these rules that bring order to the community, help protect home value, enhance aesthetic appeal, and provide a more enjoyable place for everyone to live. In a new statement to the press, Kuester Management Group provides insight on how homeowners associations can more effectively – and respectfully – enforce community rules.
“Rules and regulations are love-hate relationships in many HOAs,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “While homeowners benefit from the protection and order they provide, they may not necessarily agree with every rule. It is important to make sure that rules are fair and realistic. If homeowners do disagree with something, they have the opportunity to bring it up to the board at an HOA meeting.”
When it comes to rule enforcement, the HOA should establish consistency and clear communication. “If homeowners are unaware that a rule exists because it hasn’t been enforced previously, this may cause controversy if it is suddenly being addressed,” notes Kuester. HOA should send regular updates and reminders in newsletters and other communications about rules and expectations. This brings it to homeowners’ attention and gives them a chance to make necessary changes to be in compliance.
Discussing why certain rules and regulations are in place during HOA meetings can be beneficial as well. If homeowners understand why it is important and what effect is has, they may be more likely to comply. This also gives them an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns that they may have and can reduce confusion.
If a rule is violated, there should be standard processes and procedures in place for addressing it. “Make it clear how violations will be handled,” says Kuester. “Perhaps a written warning is provided and then a fine is implemented if the problem continues. But make sure that every homeowner is being held to the same standards and procedures. Making exceptions or only enforcing the rules sometimes can cause controversy.”
If the HOA is struggling with creating, implementing, and managing rules and regulations within the community, collaborating with a property management professional can help. A skilled property manager can guide and support the board in establishing a more effective routine and gaining buy-in from homeowners. Kuester Management Group can help support more peaceable living and respectful rule enforcement.
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.
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