What are Homeowner Associations?
Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are an organization that makes rules for properties and their residents within their limits. These organizations are designed and administered for a variety of reasons including aesthetics, community amenities, and basic maintenance. To be part of an HOA there are usually homeowner fees paid annually to keep the services and amenities running. Basically, a homeowners association is a small government that manages and keeps the peace in your neighborhood. The purpose of an HOA is to maintain a higher quality of life for its homeowners.
Should Security be an HOA Service?
If you are part of an HOA safety and security should always be in the back of your mind. Is there a neighborhood watch in your area? Would you prefer somebody(s) with experience who’s sole job is to look out for your community? If yes there would be a trade-off, your due’s would likely increase a little. This is something you have to weigh for yourself before your next HOA meeting.
HOA Security Services
Depending on your community’s needs, a security officer can be static or monitor the area. Security officers are very important if you have a large number of common areas. This could include clubhouses, parks, and community pools. These are high-risk areas for vandalism, theft, and unauthorized access. Having a security officer monitor these areas would greatly decrease the misuse of these facilities you pay for.
HOA Budget Meetings
If you want your HOA to provide a security detail for your community the best way is to contact the board directly. There are 3 things you should do to change your HOA rules and add security to the budget.
- Read and Interpret All of Your HOA Documents
- Talk to Your Neighbors
- Propose the Changes to the Board of Directors
Most HOAs have an annual meeting for all members. At annual meetings, the board and HOA members meet to discuss and vote on issues. If you have sufficiently petitioned your neighbors and the board of directors you will likely get the security you asked for.
Contact Nationwide Investigations & Security, Inc. for more information regarding HOA security or any other security-related matters. Although we’re based in Houston, TX, we provide service and have offices nationally.