If you HOA is lucky enough to call a clubhouse its own, the space is no doubt the crown jewel of the community. From hosting community gatherings to providing residents a space for smaller get-togethers, clubhouses tend to be the hub of neighborhood social activity.

But just like anything in an HOA—anything that’s shared within any community, really—the space needs rules to make sure everyone has a good time. Imposing regulations on such a well-loved part of HOA life can feel tricky, but Gassen, your Eden Prairie provider of property management services, is here to help. Below, we serve up some food for thought on what types of regulations you should adopt to ensure a conflict-free clubhouse.

What Can Rented Spaces Be Used For?

Of course, you don’t need to list out every permitted and forbidden behavior—can you imagine the length of the document were your HOA management team to get that specific? But ground rules are nice, especially when it comes to controversial topics, as they can stop conflict in a neighborhood before it even arises in the first place.

For instance, will you allow religious-themed holiday events? What about clubs that, while they solely include HOA members, don’t relate to HOA life? There are no easy answers to these sorts of questions, and every HOA and its property management services will need to decide on their own what’s allowed and what isn’t on a case-by-case basis. The list of such touchy subjects seems endless, but HOA Leader discusses a few of the more notable ones you might want to consider.

How Will You Handle Proximity to the Pool?

Many HOA clubhouses also host local pools, which is a hot commodity in the summer months. These should have their own etiquette, as we discuss in our local property management blog, but you’ll also need to think about your residents’ poolside behavior in relation to the clubhouse itself. Moisture damage is no joke!

You might, for instance, require that residents be fully dried and clothed before they set foot in the clubhouse, or that no pool toys make their way inside.

Don’t Open Clubhouses to the Public

Sure, you might be able to make money off of it this way, but the safety risks of welcoming strangers into the space is too great. Moreover, your residents deserve to use the space they on their own paid for. Allowing people who haven’t paid dues isn’t exactly inspiring in terms of neighborhood morale.

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