Your HOA management team can’t do its job without its CC&R’s and its bylaws; Those dictations are how the high standards of living your community is so well known for is maintained. Plus, enforced rules give your community a sense of peace and order that non-HOA communities go without.

Regulations have their place in your HOA community, but is there such a thing as too many rules?

How to Assess Your HOA’s Regulations

Take it from a property management services company: Yes, there can be such a thing as too detailed a regulatory system, and it’s essential that your HOA not fall victim to one.

A governing document that has too many twists and turns is not only impossible for residents to understand and follow. It suffocates them and makes your neighborhood feel stuffy and dull.

Every HOA is an individual, meaning what may be “too many rules'' for one may be just enough for another. Which means it’s impossible to figure out the effects your governing documents have on your community without a little bit of reflection.

Have You Had Problems With Rule-Breaking?

While it’s not a hard-and-fast indication that your rules are too many, residents who are constantly confused are inevitably going to break rules—and who can blame them for an honest misunderstanding? Too many rules, especially if they’re abstract ones, become impossible for anyone to keep straight.

Can You Understand Governing Documents?

Go ahead and crack them open! Are they a massive headache to read? Do you even fully understand what’s going on in them? Are you taken by surprise by any of the more obscure criteria?

While it’s not necessary for you to have memorized your regulatory documents word-for-word, you should have a full understanding of them. Too many surprises and your HOA could have a tad too many arbitrary rules.

Do Residents Say They’re Happy?

At the end of the day, that’s what matters. If your residents are obviously chafing underneath your community’s structure, it might be time for some reforms. Luckily, it’s generally pretty easy to tell if your neighborhood is frustrated in this sense. Most HOAs have pretty vocal communities!

If not, you can try an anonymous (or not) survey. Create an opportunity for residents to share their ideas and concerns in a safe space, and you might get the intel you need to create the perfect balance of “law and order” in your community.

Contact Gassen for Full-Service HOA Help

From online property management services to accounting property management to comprehensive bylaw reformation, our HOA pros are happy to help with anything your community needs to shine. Send our Edina office a mesesage today, or call us now at 952-922-5575.