How do the safer at home restrictions affect HOAs?
The short answer is the restrictions have the same effect on HOAs as any other organization. The board should stay up to date as the details change and adjust accordingly.
Why is everyone talking about a “new normal”? Won’t we just go back to the way things were before?
In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has had some permanent impact. As work-from-home becomes more commonplace, communities may consider updating aspects of their common areas to reflect the changing needs of the workforce.
Our members want the amenities opened. Can we start letting people use the pool and tennis courts?
Safety should be top-of-mind. The aim is to avoid overcrowding and limit germ exposure. Consider temporary rules such as a reservation system, social distance guidelines, or group limits in clubhouses.
Can we skip Board Meetings for now?
Even though everyone is stuck in place, HOA board meetings are still legally required. That said, the COVID-19 pandemic creates a special circumstance, so associations are advised to balance shelter-in-place orders with good faith efforts to act in the spirit of the law such as teleconferencing or video chats.
Can we temporarily waive assessments for our members?
We strongly caution boards against across-the-board or selective waivers of monthly assessments. An assessment waiver would bring the association’s income to zero, and since HOAs are non-profit organizations that would leave no money for the association’s expenses. However, boards should be compassionate during this time. Click here to read more on managing assessments.