Community party and other opportunities to get everyone together in your homeowner’s association can be great ways to encourage goodwill and relationships in the community. However, it’s important to consider how you will handle guests at this time so things don’t get out of control.
Here are some great ways to ensure you’re taking action correctly in these situations:
1.) Consider Funding
If the HOA is putting on a community event, who’s paying? It might seem obvious that the funds will be coming from the HOA directly, but you might get push-back from members who think that’s a poor use of HOA funds.
Besides that, it’s important to check state laws about HOA funded parties; they might be prohibited. But even if they aren’t, check with members first by holding a vote about who the party with be funded. Another option could be having those planning to attend the community party contribute a special assessment to help cover the costs.
2.) Consider Private Events
If someone is having a private event in their home, they are of course welcome to invite guests. The situation becomes more of a gray area when it’s deemed a community party. Your HOA’s CC&Rs might have rules and regulations about parties regarding parking rules, noise levels, and more.
Encourage members who want to hold a big party check-in with the community’s rules and speak with board members before planning anything officially.
3.) Consider Alcohol Use
Although alcohol is often an enjoyable part of parties, it can, unfortunately, be abused and cause more problems. Before you decide whether or not it’s reasonable to prohibit the use of alcohol at community parties (and having a drink limit is always a good idea), check with your HOA’s insurance to make sure you’ll be protected from any damage done from an intoxicated person on your property.
Private events can come with a lot of risk in an HOA, but they can also be a fun event for members if handled properly. Hiring an HOA management company like Cedar Management Group may be a good option for helping your association nail down the best processes in these situations.
How CMG Can Help You Manage Your Community
Cedar Management Group has extensive experience managing HOAs located all over the United States. One of our strengths is integrating a viable strategy to manage your communities more efficiently with the optimum fiscal organization. By doing so, we can offer each community we manage to have satisfied residents who trust their CAM. In the long-term, this increases property values because the community has up-to-date repairs, looks attractive, and the HOA has a high approval rating amongst residents.
To learn more about how CMG can positively impact your community’s HOA Management, contact us online or give us a call at (877) 252-3327.