The Purpose of Community Associations

What is this entity that collects your assessments, mows the lawn and occasionally throws a party? One way to think of our community association is as a service organization that provides three types of services to owners and residents.

  • Community maintenance services: collecting trash, publishing the newsletter, orienting new owners, conducting meetings and sponsoring social activities.
  • Governance services: fulfilling legal obligations, resolving disputes, enforcing community policies, administering design review policies, and recruiting new volunteer leaders.
  • Business services: operating and maintaining the common areas, competitively bidding maintenance work, investing reserve funds, developing long-range plans and collecting assessments.

The board and manager make every effort to deliver these services fairly and effectively to protect and enhance the value of our homes—and the lenders’ interests in our homes. They also strive, through collective participation and mutual decision making, to preserve that intrinsic value called “quality of life” that is at the heart of the community association concept.