Homeowners associations (HOA): people either love them or hate them. Typically, there’s no in between, and unfortunately, if you are looking to purchase a home that is part of an association, you have no choice but to join. The purpose of such associations is to keep neighborhoods looking good and functioning cohesively. Not everyone will agree with what the powers that be decide, but that simply comes with the territory. This lack of control is part of the reason residents often aren’t happy with belonging to one, but there are advantages.
The Pros of Belonging to a Homeowners Association
Whether you’re looking to buy a home in Larchmont, Edgewater, or somewhere in between, you’ll likely come across a prospect that belongs to an HOA. Before you purchase the home, however, it helps to know what you’re about to get into.
- You won’t have to deal with unruly neighbors. A perk of belonging to an HOA is that it can do your dirty work for you. Do you have a neighbor who likes to rev his car engine early in the morning and late at night? Instead of confronting him yourself, let the association know. They will take care of the job for you. The HOA has rules it wants all of the residents to follow and if they break them, the association will take action.
- You don’t have to worry about unsightly homes. Forget having to drive by a home that has long grass or unsightly lawn ornaments in the yard: HOAs have strict rules about the appearances of homes. While some may argue such guidelines prevent them from decorating their dwellings as they please, others say it forces residents to care for their property, which is a good thing.
- You’ll have perks. Belonging to an HOA also means you’ll have access to neighborhood amenities, such as pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, fitness centers, and the like. Part of your monthly fee often goes towards maintaining and having access to such perks.
We Can Help You With Your Homeowners Association
If you fall under the “hate them” category when it comes to HOAs because you have a discrepancy or dispute with yours, the attorneys of Tavss Fletcher may be able to help. Call us today at 757.625.1214 to speak with a legal professional about your situation.