Understanding HOA Fee Structures

If you are currently looking into purchasing a Glendale home in a planned community, you are not alone. Arizona ranks tenth among US states for neighborhoods with homeowners’ associations (HOA) because of the benefits and amenities residents enjoy. However, even if you have only done minimal research, you probably know that HOAs and Glendale HOA property management services charge fees or assessments for these features. Despite a lot of misinformation, these costs are very reasonable considering the advantages they offer. Still, you should understand how HOA fee structures work to realize the benefits you are receiving as a resident of a planned community.

Application of Regular Assessments

All HOAs must collect assessments to cover the costs of operating the neighborhood, including maintenance of common areas, landscaping, pool services, and other potential amenities. There are also charges for enforcement of HOA rules, provisions in governing documents, and the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions also commonly referred to as the CC&Rs. All homeowners reap the benefits from these services, so the HOA must pass along these expenses. Usually, regular assessments are paid on a monthly or quarterly basis. They may fluctuate from year to year to account for rising costs.

How Special Assessments Work

In the event of an emergency, such as urgent repairs to common areas or amenities, or an unexpected large expense, the HOA’s board of directors may request homeowners to approve a special assessment in addition to regular dues. The percentage of homeowners necessary to assent to special assessments varies according to your governing documents. If it is approved, the amount will be levied and is usually spread out over a term of several months.

Fines for Noncompliance

There are fines for violating HOA rules or CC&Rs, and these are typically collected immediately as a lump sum but commonly after a first warning that carries no monetary penalty. Examples of noncompliance may be overnight parking in the street, having a trailer in your driveway, not taking care of maintenance on your home, failing to properly landscape, or violations of noise ordinances. Noncompliance has negative consequences for the entire community, so fines make a good incentive to homeowners to keep their properties in good shape.

Late Fees

Residents that do not pay regular assessments on time will be charged a late fee, which is also an advantage for the neighborhood due to a sense of fairness. One homeowner should not be able to get away with nonpayment and have access to amenities that the rest of the community is funding.

HOA Fees Can Affect Property Rights

Residents that do not pay assessments may face a lawsuit or lien on their homes, which can impact their property rights. For the rest of the community, this can be a fortunate development. A homeowner that violates rules or fails to pay their fair share brings the rest of the neighborhood down.

Glendale HOA Property Management Services Optimizes HOA Fees

For more information on HOA fee structures and the benefits they offer for homeowners, please contact City Property Management Company at 602.437.4777. We can tell you how these fees apply to various maintenance tasks, improvements, tax matters, and other necessities of an HOA. You can also learn more about our services for HOAs by visiting our website.

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