Realities of Home Owners Association (HOA) Boards

Serving on a Homeowner Association Board is an important duty that contributes to the well-being of the community.  But it is an unpaid and often thankless job. Here are ten ways HOA Board members are continually reminded that no good deed goes unpunished.

1.  Difficult issues often require choosing between greatly upsetting the few or moderately upsetting the many.  Either choice will cause both results.

2.  The truth has a limited ability to sway opinions or decisions. 

3.  The biggest complainers do the least amount of work.

4.  Home owners never attend an HOA meeting when things are going well.

5.  Nobody wants to reserve money today for things that won’t happen in the next 5 years.  And nobody wants to fund today’s shortfall caused by past failures to reserve money.

6.  No good decision is remembered.  No bad one is forgotten. 

7.  Allegations of financial mismanagement inevitably arise. 

8.  Every community has at least one person living in an alternate reality.

9.  Changing the HOA’s Declaration or Bylaws requires the concurrence of a Higher Power.

10. There will always be a shortage of people willing to serve on the HOA Board.  There will never be a shortage of people telling the Board how to do its job better.

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