While living in a homeowners association can have many benefits, it can also be a little confusing. Especially when it comes to home maintenance and renovations, many homeowners have questions surrounding what is permitted and when they have to seek approval from their HOA board. While every HOA is entirely unique and rules will vary from one community to the next, here is a general guideline on when renovations do and do not need to be approved by your HOA board.
When You Do Need Approval
The main goal for any HOA is to maintain property values for the entire community. This means that the exterior appearance of every home should meet the community’s guidelines. If you own a detached home and are undertaking an exterior renovation such as painting the outside of your home, getting a new roof, replacing the front door or windows, or adding/removing gutters, you should seek HOA approval for your renovations before they’re performed. On the other hand, if you live in a condo or townhome you should ask your HOA about any structural changes such as adding or removing a wall, replacing flooring, or any renovations that will affect the plumbing and electricity. Your HOA also has the option to approve the renovations with conditions, such as limiting the types of material that can be used, specifying the hours during which work can take place, and requiring the licenses of all contractors involved. Detached and attached homes typically have different guidelines when it comes to needing HOA approval, but detached homes require approval for exterior renovations while attached products require approval for interior renovations and aren’t typically allowed to perform renovations that deal with the exterior.
When You Don’t Need Approval
If you’re undergoing interior renovations that are relatively minor in a detached home, these will likely not need to be passed by your HOA for approval. Examples of these types of projects include painting interior walls, replacing fixtures, getting new appliances, or landscaping in your fenced backyard. However, it’s always best to check your community’s CC&Rs and seek pre-approval for any renovations you’re unsure about in order to avoid any fines or other penalties. Make sure that you pull all the necessary permits and follow HOA rules about noise levels and trash placement while the construction is being performed, as well.
If you live in one of The Management Trust’s communities and you have any questions about home renovations, we can assist you in understanding your HOA’s CC&Rs. HOA board members seeking assistance with rule enforcement and fine collection can also turn to The Management Trust for comprehensive community management. With more than 30 years in the industry and over 1,500 communities served, we have all the tools and experience necessary to help your community thrive.