Running an effective homeowners association is a huge undertaking. The board has many responsibilities to uphold and rules to follow. In addition, it must ensure that governing documents are thorough, fair, enforceable, and up-to-date. This is no easy task. Plus, things are always changing.
Serving on the board means doing your best to stay on top of any new regulations or guidelines that may impact how the HOA operates. It is important to continually be educating yourself in order to support your community as best you can. Here are just a few ways you can work to stay informed about what you need you to know:
1. Join a Professional Organization
There are several well-known organizations that HOA board members can join such as the Community Associations Institute and HOAleader.com. Here you can access a wide range of resources and connect with others who also serve in leadership positions within their associations. Check out local chapters or groups in your area as well for information focused on where you live.
2. Partner with Your Community Manager
Work together with your community manager to stay abreast of any changes that may affect your association. They have connections throughout the industry and are always tracking what is happening. Together you can decide what new laws or ordinances may mean for your community and how to adjust. A community manager can also help you find different training courses or resources to boost your knowledge and skills. Don’t forget to check out their website too, because it often contains valuable information.
3. Consult with Your Legal Team
Talk to your legal representation as well to get a better understanding of what is happening at a local, state, and federal level. Just because new laws are proposed does not always mean they are passed, but an attorney who specializes in HOA operations can let you know what is coming down the line or recently passed, and how to ensure that your HOA remains in compliance.
4. Attend Professional Development Courses
There are tons of training courses, seminars, and conferences available for HOA board members. Whether you feel that you could use more training in budgeting or financial management, compliance, running meetings, resolving conflicts, or improving communication, there is likely a program for you. You don’t have to be an expert in everything, but having a strong foundation of knowledge can be beneficial.
5. Pay Attention to the News
Follow along with what is happening in your town and state. Subscribe to industry newsletters so you receive updates about HOA operations and helpful insight. You can find thought leaders to follow on social media or professional organizations so you can stay connected as things change and evolve.
Make use of all of the resources and connections you have available to you in order to be a better board member. Not knowing should not be an excuse for outdated or out-of-compliance rules. Kuester is proud to support HOAs throughout the Carolinas with ensuring they are running as effectively and efficiently as possible, and keeping boards up-to-date on happenings within the industry. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist your association.