Having managed community associations for nearly four decades, CMA has witnessed the growing popularity and prevalence of property owners’ associations (POAs) in Texas. Whether the housing market has been up or down, well-managed POAs have helped to maximize property values.
The right to enforce the rules and standards upholds this
key goal. Effectively employing this strategy pays big dividends for your
association. CMA is an innovator in
dedicating trained inspection specialists to perform the compliance role.
CMA staff takes photos of violations using
an iPad app that interfaces with our data management system. Technology allows violation and architectural
control history to be viewed in real time during each property visit. Property owners can view violation notices and
photos on the website for their property. When contacted, the inspection specialist will
discuss the violation with the property owner to work our a mutual
understanding or arragement within approved guidelines.
Tips to Ensure Consistency and Fairness While Keeping Owners
Reach out to educate new owners. Use multiple
media such as a newsletter, welcome meeting, website and welcome letters to
create awareness of standards.
Communicate proactively and seek input from
residents about any changes to rules.
Apply the standards fairly and consistently.
Don’t play favorites in sending violation letters and deciding appeals.
rules for all owners to avoid conﬂicts.
Make reasonable rules which can be
realistically enforced. Keep it simple
to curb unnecessary appeals.
Host landscaping workshops. Solicit vendor
participation in the newsletter and website.
Remind owners of procedures after storm damage
which may require roof and fence repair—consider generic approval waivers to
streamline the process.
Hold a community volunteer day—work on a
project or help a neighbor.
Promote community pride with Yard of the Month
and other recognition.
Promote pride in community appearance with
seasonal plantings, holiday decorations and well-maintained common areas.
Contact CMA to learn more about our unique approach to helping Associations maintain their standards and keep the community looking great. You’ll appreciate why it makes sense for your community, your peace of mind and the value of your property.
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