for Cross’ $4,300 bill, the association agreed to allow her to pay $2,500 and forgave the remainder. “I think others should go to the board when they have a conflict, explain your situation, and work it out with them,” she says. “If I ever move into another community with a homeowners association, I’ll make certain that the dues are paid annually and are reasonable, read the bylaws completely beforehand, and make sure I pay my own water bill.”
For information on homeowners associations, go to www.caion line.org, www.athomenet.com, www.associationonline.com, or www.homepartner.com.
WHEN IT COMES TO HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS:
- Read the bylaws.
- Pay fines promptly.
- Ask if bills, like trash, are paid promptly.
- Resolve conflict amicably.
- Talk to residents.
- Move into a community without doing your own research.
- Make changes without permission.
- Ignore fines levied against you.
- Be an uninvolved member.
- Forget to ask questions.