The homeowners association is the cornerstone of a planned residential community. The association gives continuity to
the community, preserves architectural integrity, and maintains the common properties. In addition, the association promotes
the community concept and protects the property values. In many cases, it makes available recreational facilities and other
amenities that might not otherwise be affordable or available. The homeowners association can be the vehicle for community
communication and can protect and maintain the common areas and common services that exist for the benefit of each member
of the association.
Automatic and mandatory homeowners associations are part of the overall concept of residential property ownership. Purchase
of the home or lot brings with it membership in the association which provides the structure for operation and management
of the residential community concept. Membership includes certain mandatory obligations, financial responsibilities and commitment
to abide by the deed restrictions and rules of the association.
Members of the homeowners association have two responsibilities; one to themselves and to their individually owned property
and the other to the association and its community concept. The individual responsibility requires the member to occupy,
maintain and use the property in accordance with the restrictive covenants. The collective goal of the members of the homeowners
association is to maintain the quality of the property and the lifestyle envisioned by the planned residential development.