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Rights and Responsibilities

​​​​​​​​​​​Principles for Homeowners and Community Leaders

Community associations exist because they offer choices, lifestyles, amenities, and efficiencies that people value. Yet, with all of their inherent advantages, community associations face complicated issues, none more common than the challenge of balancing the rights of the individual homeowner with those of the community as a whole. Issues often arise because of false expectations, misinformation and misunderstanding. You can help ensure a more positive community experience by learning all you can about a community before you buy or rent a home in that neighborhood.

  • Once you have your eye on a home, ask if it's part of a community association.
  • Obtain copies of the governing documents, including the bylaws or Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), from the association manager or a volunteer community leader.
  • Take the time to talk to people who live in the community. Find out how they feel not only about the neighborhood, but also about how the community is governed and managed.
  • Take a walk. Are the common grounds well maintained? Are the homes well kept? Is there ample parking? Are the amenities—pools, tennis courts and playgrounds, for example—well maintained?
  • Ask to talk to the president of the association, members of the elected board or even the professional who manages the community.  

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