For Homeowners: What You Need To Know To Become a Good HOA Member
“How can we be a good HOA member?”
When you invest in a property you automatically be a member of the Homeowner’s Association. Think of it this way, living in a property – you become a part of a community. That means you have to participate in your building’s affair. It doesn’t matter if you live in a condo in Taguig or any other properties in the Philippines, there are things you need to know about being a member of the association. Of course, there will also be policies and responsibilities to become a good member.
But sad to say, not all homeowners want to be called “member” of the association. Perhaps, they just don’t want any obligations they need to follow. But if you just know and understand what HOA can do to your neighborhood, I’m sure you will even volunteer to participate in any event. But if you are one of those first time being a member, below are some things you should consider for you to become a good HOA member.
Pay your dues
“Why is there a need for homeowners to pay their monthly fees?” Have you ever wonder why? As a homeowner, it is your obligation to pay your monthly dues. The purpose of the monetary collection will depend on the agreed activity the association wants to implement. Perhaps, the board members agreed that the collection will be used for the improvements of the neighborhood. The payments may differ depending on the agreed amount. Although there is some smaller association, but that doesn’t mean that it is also ok to pay your monthly dues ten days later than the agreed date. A good owner would follow and pay the exact amount on the given date. This is the time for you to think about saving for the fees.
As we all know, being a homeowner would also mean being aware of the activities your association may be implementing. Generally, this would also depend on the size of your association. If you live in a complex that has 80 units, you don’t necessarily need to go to every HOA meeting. But that doesn’t also mean that it is ok for you not be aware of the activities and the happenings around the neighborhood. Remember, you are still a part of the association. That means the have the responsibility to at least browse your association’s newsletters and email blasts if you can’t the said meeting. This is for you to know and have some ideas on what is going on.
Yes, it is understandable that not all homeowners have the luxury of time to attend every activity their association’s affair. However, as much as possible you also have to take some of your time to attend and participate in the event or activity. Yes, there are some Association that is not that strict when it comes to that matter. However, if you want to be a good HOA member, then it is advisable for you to at least participate in any activity once in a while. Through participating, you also have the rights to state your opinions, disagreements or suggestions for the betterment of the community.
Maintenance is everyone’s business
Just because the building has its own utility personnel, that doesn’t mean you are not going to help out when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness and the beauty of the neighborhood. If you think that there are some plastics that are scattered on the floor, it is also your responsibility to put the trash in its proper places. Or you can help make the neighborhood clean by following the biodegradable and non-biodegradable policy. Even if these things are simple enough for you to do, you are already contributing to the cleanliness of your neighborhood. Not just that, if you notice that a particular light bulb on the hallway is already not functioning, then you might as well notify the maintenance team about that matter. With that, there will be coordination between the homeowners and the building’s stuff.
Don’t overstep your bounds
As a homeowner, you can practice the rights that you have as a member of the association. Well, talking about the benefits you can have such as the right to use the amenities of the place, the right to give raise opinions or suggestions and so many others. Even if you are practicing your rights and responsibilities as a homeowner, that doesn’t mean you can strong-arm people into agreeing with you. Yes, you might have an amazing idea for your neighborhood, but if other members do not agree on it, then you also have to respect their rights. Moreover, being a good HOA also mean you are willing to consult and consider other member’s suggestions and it out altogether.
Being a member of the association would also mean having a bit of an extra work. Of course, there are times that you need to participate to any event of your association’s affair. Although there are just times to we are not able to attend some of it, but at least we try our best to be a good and active member of the association – that’s what matters after all. Moreover, your presence would mean a lot if you put some effort into it. Well, it is going to be up to the condo owners to make all the projects and promotions of the said activity to make it all happen. Of course, if there are no amazing suggestions on what and what not to do, then you might not get the desirable outcome of your goal.
Generally, being a good homeowner or an HOA member is not as hard as you think it is. For as long as you are following the policies of the building and your association’s guidelines, then there is no reason for you not to become a good example for the rest of the member. Moreover, if you also have to remember that the change for the better of your community will always start with a good concerned HOA member – and that could be you!