New Year’s resolutions for HOA directors

Many of us start the model-new 12 months with commitments to boost, so why move over the HOA? This four-part sequence suggests resolutions for affiliation directors, house owners, managers and restores suppliers.

As an HOA director, I resolve to:

ALWAYS: Follow the Golden Rule.


2) I don’t administration my neighbors; I serve them. A servant’s perspective will help me to be a lot much less defensive and harassed when neighbors downside or criticize board selections.

3) Advocate our board follows the regulation and governing paperwork, spends money accurately, and preserves and maintains our neighborhood belongings, whereas moreover attending to the board’s relationship with our members. We will stability licensed, financial, property, and neighborhood points in our affiliation governance.

4) Remember that my place as a volunteer is totally completely different than my work. Unlike at work, we cannot fireside our HOA neighbors.

5) Be aware that not all neighbors know their rights and duties beneath the regulation and governing paperwork, and I’ll possibly be affected particular person and eager to elucidate our pointers and selections.


6) Review our governing paperwork (CC&Rs, bylaws, and pointers).

7) Regularly analysis financial tales on funds, reserves, expenditures, and delinquencies.

8) Understand the Business Judgment Rule, and always be certain that the board has ample basis for each decision.

9) Encourage my board colleagues to affix a Community Associations Institute Chapter, and take advantage of the written provides, seminars and programs CAI supplies to volunteers.


10) Help to limit our open board conferences to at most 2 hours, with an objective of a imply meeting measurement of 90 minutes.

11) Arrive at conferences prepared, having reviewed the agenda and board packet.

12) Listen attentively all through Open Forum without interrupting and supplies my neighbors the equivalent diploma of courtesy and attentiveness which I anticipate from them via the board deliberations.

13 Stay on the matter all through discussions.

14) Meet in closed intervals solely when clearly compulsory and licensed by regulation.


15) Remember that my power as a director is the pliability to vote. Even the president is only one vote. I obtained to be a “Lone Ranger” nonetheless will possible be a crew participant.

16)  I am going to encourage directors to speak their minds and I obtained’t be insulted when a director disagrees with me.

17) If I disagree with my colleagues, I am going to try to steer them of my perspective, however, when the board votes in opposition to my place, I am going to help the board’s decision, as a result of the corporate has spoken.

18)  I am going to let the supervisor deal with it. I can’t direct administration (the board directs administration) or distributors (our supervisor directs distributors).


19) Be as open as attainable. When a member asks for information or paperwork, I am going to first ask “why not?” fairly than “must we?”

20) Encourage utilizing committees, to share the workload and provide members alternate options for involvement.

21) Communicate greater and further often with our neighbors (members) with newsletters, web internet web page updates, e-mails and/or bulletins.

22) Confirm our supervisor holds a skilled designation from an organization paying homage to CAI and will accurately title themselves a California “Certified Common Interest Development Manager.”

23) Try to work out disputes with members sooner than “going legal”.  We can always title HOA counsel subsequent if our efforts fail.

LASTLY: Follow the Golden Rule.

Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. is a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers and Partner of Richardson Ober DeNichilo LLP, a California regulation company acknowledged for neighborhood affiliation expertise. Submit inquiries to

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