So you just joined the HOA Board... Now what?
If you've recently been elected to the board of your homeowner association (HOA), congratulations! As a new HOA board member, you have an important role to play in the community. It's a position that requires responsibility, commitment, and dedication. Here are some tips to help you serve your community best.
Understand Your Responsibilities
First and foremost, as an HOA board member, it's essential to understand your responsibilities. Your primary duty is to represent the community and ensure that its interests are protected. You will be responsible for enforcing community rules and regulations, making decisions that affect the community, and managing the community's finances. If you have a HOA management company, it's also a good idea to schedule a call or meeting with your community manager so that both parties work in harmony.
Get to Know Your Community
One of the best things you can do as a new HOA board member is to get to know your community. Take the time to attend community events and meetings, meet your neighbors, and learn about their concerns and priorities. This will help you make informed decisions that are in the best interests of the community.
It's also important to communicate with your fellow board members regularly. Keep each other updated on community issues and work collaboratively to find solutions.
As an HOA board member, you will need to be familiar with the community's governing documents, including the bylaws, covenants, and restrictions. These documents will provide you with guidance on community rules, regulations, and policies. It's also a good idea to educate yourself on the laws and regulations that govern HOAs in your state. This will help you ensure that the community is complying with all relevant laws and regulations. Red Rock also offers training courses for board members through Boardline Academy.
Be Transparent and Accountable
Transparency and accountability are essential for HOA board members. You should always be open and honest with the community about your decisions and actions. Keep accurate records of meetings, decisions, and finances, and make these records available to the community upon request.
If you have any questions about serving on your condo, townhome, or HOA board, don't hesitate to reach out to us here at Red Rock. We're always happy to help!