HOA GOVERNANCE SERVICES

Learn how Taylor works closely with Board members on community governance.

hoa boardWhile governance is largely the responsibility of elected board members, members should work closely with their management professionals to ensure that actions and communications are consistent, coordinated and mutually reinforced.

Many elements of community association governance are subject to interpretation, and that's true in virtually any human endeavor. Still, there are basic expectations that can be defined and achieved. With this objective in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers (CCAV) developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines—12 principles that can help homeowner volunteer leaders build better communities.

Adopted by the CAI Board of Trustees, the guidelines can help community association volunteer leaders create and sustain an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. This will increase harmony, reduce conflict and build stronger, more successful communities.

While fair and effective governance is a critical component of any successful community, homeowners and non-owner residents have responsibilities as well. Purchasing in a homeowners association, condominium community or cooperative constitutes a contractual agreement and common bond between the homeowner and the association and among the homeowners themselves. This means that homeowners have agreed to pay their assessments in full and on time, comply with their association's governing documents and maintain their properties according to established standards.

In return, homeowners should be given every opportunity to take advantage of all the community has to offer. Residents also have the right to expect their volunteer boards to govern fairly, responsibly and in accordance with their community's documents and state and federal laws. And residents have the responsibility—if only in their best individual interest—to be involved in their community, vote in elections, volunteer for special projects, serve on committees or even seek a seat on the association board.