Homeowner FAQS2023-05-22T00:36:52+00:00

Homeowner FAQS

Have questions about HOA’s?

These tips will give you helpful information about HOA (Home Owner Association), assessment fees and terminology.

HOA Questions

What is an Association?2023-05-17T17:35:12+00:00

Condominium, townhomes and many planned developments that include single-family home neighborhoods are considered associations. This means that there are common elements to the property enjoyed by all homeowners living there. The number and type of common elements vary and can include but are not limited to entrance signs and gates, clubhouse facilities, tennis and swimming facilities, street lights, sidewalks, service utilities, insurance and many other communal assets. These common elements are owned by the community and are thus maintained by all who have common ownership interest.

A Homeowner’s Association, commonly referred to as an HOA, COA, or POA, and is a corporation registered with the state and managed by an elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to govern the affairs of the community in accordance with the provision of the governing legal documents. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the neighborhood. Associations also set out certain rules that all residents must follow called covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). Membership is both automatic and mandatory and conveyed with the purchase of the property.

Is an Association a business?2023-05-17T17:35:35+00:00

Most associations are registered as nonprofit corporations.

How do I know if I purchased a home that is in an Association?2023-05-17T17:36:06+00:00

When you purchase a new property, the closing documents reference the fact that the property is in an association and that the buyer will abide by the rules and regulations in that community. Membership to the association is both automatic and mandatory and conveys with the deed and ends with the sale of the property. The buyer is ultimately responsible for discovering if the property that they purchase is inside an association and following the rules that govern that community.

Why is living in an Association beneficial for me?2023-05-17T17:36:15+00:00

The governing documents outline a standard that helps preserve the look, feel, and sense of community of the property. Community amenities help to enhance the quality of life and promote social activities within the neighborhood. Most neighbors maintain that the biggest benefit of their association is preserving the value and integrity of their individual investment.

Does the Association have a Board of Directors?2023-05-17T17:36:23+00:00

The Board of Directors is a group of homeowners just like yourself that volunteer to participate in the day to day activities of the association. In the same way that our elected officials uphold our Constitution, the BOD upholds and enforces the community’s governing documents as their fiduciary, legal and ethical obligation.

The powers and duties of the board include: set and collect annual assessments; use and expend the assessments collected to operate, maintain, repair replace, modify, care for, manage and preserve the common areas; procure, maintain and pay premiums for insurance; contract for management of the association; amend and add to the rules and regulations governing the use of the common areas; purchase equipment; and more.

What is the role of YMG for my Association?2023-05-17T21:52:27+00:00

Our goal is to provide partnership for your Board of Directors and the homeowners in your community. Ultimately, we strive to protect and enhance the value of your investment. Often, our position and authority can be misunderstood. Associations are governed by their own set of documents called Covenants and Bylaws. The elected Board of Directors enforces these documents and they work to represent the needs of the whole community. To better understand YMG’s role in your community, take a look at the things we handle and the things we don’t handle:

All Homeowner Inquiries
Overseeing Subcontractors
Obtain Bids for Subcontractor Service
Bill and Collect assessments for your Association
Provide a simple payment center
Enforce Community Rules and Covenants
Provide Financial Statements and Reports
Solving Homeowner Problems
Serving in an advisory role with the BOD

Making the BIG decisions. Your board makes all the decisions for your community; we just help put them in place!
Provide vendor services. We help manage, but we do not select or provide these services.
Resolving neighbor to neighbor disputes.
Provide public service. Your municipality and police departments handle these.
Offering legal services or advice.

If the Board of Directors makes most of the decisions, what does a management company do?2023-05-17T22:05:07+00:00

The day-to-day operations of most associations are so detailed and involved that they go far beyond the scope and time and attention that most volunteers can provide for the community and its members. Most Boards recognize the need to hire a professional firm that can provide experience and expertise. The management company can also serve as an objective third party for neighbor to neighbor disputes.

Contact Young Management Group

Assessments & Fees

What do I do if the closing doesn’t happen?2023-05-17T18:51:36+00:00

If documentation has not been received indicating a successful closing, YMG’s closing coordinator will reach out to the closing attorney to check on the status. For unsuccessful closings, the closing hold on your account will be removed. Any payments that were received and held during the closing hold will be applied to your account as normal. To avoid fees, please be sure to catch up on any payments missed during this time.

If a new closing is scheduled, your closing attorney will fill out a new request, and the process starts over. If you continue to have an outstanding balance after this hold is removed, then late fees would be assessed as normal, in accordance with your community’s governing documents.

What is the Seller Certification Fee and why is it charged?2023-05-17T21:16:57+00:00

The Seller Certification charge is an industry standard charge that covers the costs associated with transferring ownership from seller to buyer within an HOA. Rush fees may also apply, based on the timing of your attorney’s request.

I’ve scheduled a closing date for the property I’m selling. What happens next?2023-05-17T21:17:28+00:00

Once a scheduled closing date for sell of your property is determined, your closing attorney (or the homeowner) submits closing documentation to YMG.

Once the closing documentation is received, YMG will put the account on a “closing hold”. A packet of information will then be sent back to the closing attorney. This documentation includes, but is not limited to,

Closing Statement
Outstanding balances or credits on your current HOA account
Seller Certification Fee
Additional charges associated with the purchase
HOA information for the buyer
HOA governing documents, if requested by the attorney

What happens if my account is delinquent and I don’t respond to the letters or the collection attorney?2023-05-17T21:19:10+00:00

The goal of every association is to preserve the value of the community’s assets and the property values for each homeowner. When assessments go unpaid, homeowners are negatively impacted because the financial responsibility of the community are equally shared among all neighbors. Delinquent accounts can mean unpaid bills and put the community in jeopardy. Rules and regulations in the community can dictate strong fines for compliance and delinquent accounts.

What happens if I don’t pay my bill?2023-05-17T21:30:00+00:00

Each association’s documents can require a different set of rules. Often if there is non-payment on an owner’s account, the covenants expect a late payment fee and interest to be assessed on the account. If the account continues to go unpaid, a preparation of account fee will also be applied to the owner’s account.

Should an owner’s account go unpaid, the owner may receive up to three separate letters mailed to the mailing address on file over the course of 90 days. The first letter is a Payment Reminder, then a Second Notice and finally an Intent to Lien is mailed to the addressee. Should an owner receive an Intent Lien Notice, they are given 15 days to make arrangements for payment. The Board of Directors determines if the delinquent account should be turned over to the association’s collection attorney.

What is a “Special Assessment”?2023-05-17T21:32:28+00:00

When the Board of Directors determines the need for a capital expense that is above and beyond the normal budget for the community, a special assessment may be required. Often, a vote is needed from the community to approve the added expense. Special assessments can cover additional expenses such as an unexpected property loss, deferred maintenance concerns, and additional community enhancements.

If I have multiple properties managed through YMG, is there a way to link them together to make payment streamlined?2023-05-17T21:43:43+00:00

Simply submit a request to YMG through your homeowner portal.

How do I pay my dues?2023-05-17T21:44:21+00:00

YMG offers easy and convenient payment options:

Secure Online Payment through the YMG’s homeowner’s portal (Preferred).You can find access to the portal via our Homeowner Login button.

Will I receive a bill from the HOA?2023-05-17T21:44:51+00:00

Many homeowners still receive coupon books once a year at the expense of the association. Every year more and more of our communities elect to go “paperless” to save their association the added expense of these coupon books. Additionally, homeowners have the opportunity to go “paperless” themselves by signing up for eStatements in lieu of receiving a coupon book.

What is an Association Assessment, more commonly known as Dues?2023-05-17T21:47:44+00:00

When you purchase a property in an association, you become part of a common interest development. All homeowners are required to share in the common expenses of the maintaining and operating your community’s common areas, equipment, and shared amenities.

Each year the Board of Directors for your community meets to discuss expenditures from the past years, funding the reserve or savings account, and takes in to consideration any planned projects for the coming year. Assessments are set by the Board of Directors and cover the business and finances for the Association. Each owner’s share is based on the projected annual expenses in the community. Board members are homeowners too and as such are obligated to pay assessments just like any owner. Board members are volunteers and do not profit from the business of the community.

What’s included in my Association dues?2023-05-17T21:50:08+00:00

Each community is managed by a set of governing documents referred to as articles of incorporation, bylaws, covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs), rules and regulations. Since each community has specific governing documents, the budget and finances are regulated in these documents. Assessments are due annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly depending on community’s documents. Dues are always due on the first day of the billing cycle.

Most community’s assessments cover some or all the following expenses with the homeowner’s dues: ongoing maintenance, insurance policies, utility payments, reserve funds, personnel, professional management fees.

What does “Closing Hold” mean for me?2023-05-17T21:54:04+00:00

YMG immediately stops payments from being received on any accounts on a closing hold. This is done to maintain the accuracy of the closing statement that was sent to the attorney. It is important that this information is accurate, as that amount will be collected at the time of closing. No late fees will be assessed during the hold.

If you normally pay your bills through your homeowner’s portal on our website, via ACH Draft, or eCheck, then no change is necessary.

IMPORTANT: If you pay through your Bank’s bill pay or by using a credit card through your homeowner’s portal, you will continue to be charged. If funds are received from bill pay or credit card, these funds are not credited to your HOA account, but they are simply held until the closing completes and then returned. Until the closing is completed or if the closing is canceled, you may elect to pause payments from your bank bill pay or credit card.

After closing, your account goes inactive and you are no longer responsible for dues. Any refund checks will be mailed to the address on file. Please allow up to 10 business days after a completed closing.

Helpful HOA Terms

An Architectural Guideline: An architectural guideline is a rule that applies to the appearance of an owner’s lot or the exterior of his or her unit or improvements. Development of architectural guidelines should begin with a review of the governing documents to determine in what areas the board can allow a change. Usually a community association’s declaration, CC&Rs, or master deed provides for architectural changes. It is in the community’s best interests for a board to establish written architectural guidelines for two reasons: Written guidelines indicate to owners what types of changes will be allowed under normal circumstances, Written guidelines are a way to avoid claims of arbitrary or selective treatment of owners.

Articles of Incorporation: A community association’s corporate structure is established when a developer sets up the association. The developer files articles of incorporation—sometimes called a corporate charter—with the appropriate state corporation agency. The articles of incorporation bring the corporation into existence, define its basic purposes and powers.

Board of Directors: The homeowners or condominium association is a corporation and therefore a governing body that is required to oversee its business. The board of directors is elected by the property owners, or as otherwise specified in the bylaws. The limitation and restrictions of the powers of the board of directors is outlined in the association governing documents.

Bylaws: The bylaws are the guidelines for the operation of the homeowners or condominium association. The bylaws define the duties of the various offices of the board of directors; how elections will be handled; the terms of the directors; the memberships’ voting rights; required meetings and notices of meetings; and the principal office of the association, as well as other specific items that are necessary to run the association as a business.

Committees: Role and Responsibilities of Committees usually a community association’s bylaws—and sometimes its declaration—will name certain committees that are required, allow for the appointment of other committees that may be required from time to time role Community association committees typically consist of owners appointed by the board of directors. The role of these committees is to assist the board in meeting its responsibilities, broaden the community’s input on decisions by serving as a means of gathering owners’ opinions and attitudes, training ground for future leaders, means of explaining board actions to the community, perform research and prepare recommendations for the board. The number and type of committees will depend on the size of the community and the complexity of its activities. The more activities a community is involved in, the more a board may need additional groups to collect information, develop recommendations, and carry out activities.

Common Area: A common area is designated on the recorded plat of the community as land and community assets that are not sold to an individual owner. In a planned community, the common areas are owned by the association, whereas in a condominium association the common areas are owned by all owners in undivided interest. You will also see the term “limited common areas.” A limited common area is common area that is for the exclusive use of fewer than all the owners of an association.

Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R): The declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R or DCCR) are the governing legal documents that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community or condominium. The CC&R was recorded by the original developer in the county in which the property is located and is included in the title to your property. Failure to abide by the CC&R may result in a fine to a property owner by the association.

Courtesy Letter and Compliance Issues: From time to time, a rule or covenant may not be complied with in an association. This compliance issue is either spotted during a routine community inspection or reported by another homeowner. A Courtesy Letter is always issued on the first occurrence of any compliance issue. This is an attempt to discover possible reasons for the compliance issue, as well as request that the homeowner address the compliance issue in a reasonable amount of time. If the infraction is not addressed, a second compliance letter will be sent to the property owner. If no response is made and the infraction still exists, a hearing may be set with the Board of Directors. Additionally, the Board of Directors may impose fines until the matter is resolved.

Declarant: The development company and its successors and assigns.

Fee Simple: In real estate, this is when the buyer acquires entire ownership of the property including the land and the building in full.

Governing Documents: The purpose of a community association’s governing documents is to provide for the legal structure and operation of the community. The documents define the rights and obligations of both the community association and its owners, create a binding relationship between each owner and the community association, establish the mechanisms for governing and funding the community association’s operations, set forth rules and standards for the protection of both owners and the community, enhancement of property values and promotion of harmonious living.

Homeowner and Condo Associations: It is a corporation registered with the state and managed by a duly elected board of directors. Most associations are registered as nonprofit corporations. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the governing legal documents: declarations or covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R), bylaws and articles of incorporation. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners or condominium association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.

Management Company: A professional management company is contracted by the board of directors to properly maintain the common areas and conduct the business affairs of the association. A management company provides services such as: collection of assessments; overseeing of subcontractors; obtaining bids for subcontracted services; providing financial statements and collection reports, as well as serving a general clearinghouse for problem solving; communicating with property owners and the board of directors; and serving in an adviser capacity. The management company reports directly to the board and all decisions are made by a majority vote of the board of directors. (Please note that services provided by a management company will depend on the individual agreements between a community association management company and the client association.)

Rules: A rule is a specific statement of required behavior and being noncompliant with such behavior carries a penalty. In a community association, rules and guidelines outline expected behavior, identify limitations, and govern the community in three areas. These areas include:

  1. The use of both common property and individual lots or units. Rules and guidelines are developed in this area to promote conformity and harmonious living.
  2. Changes in the architecture, the construction, or the appearance of lots or units. Rules and guidelines are developed in this area to establish and preserve a harmonious design for a community and protect the value of the property
  3. The behavior of residents (owners and tenants), guests, and other visitors. Rules are developed in this area because of the possible impact one person’s behavior may have on another person.

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