Poor Communication Causes Most Problems For HOAs in Florida

07.5.2017

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Most interpersonal issues stem from miscommunication. This is especially true in the business world – communication is the bedrock of every successful relationship.

The same basic principles apply to the management of a property you own. Maintaining clear lines of communication between yourself and the property management company, board members, and residents, and contractors are imperative. You cannot expect a relationship to thrive if you do not know how to communicate with one another and subsequently resolve disputes.

The following issues are the top reasons why Homeowners’ Association (HOA) board of directors are unable to manage properties due to a lack of effective communication. If these problems seem familiar, then it may be time to rethink your approach.

Lack of Specialized Committees

It’s hard for a board of directors to address every problem that might come up in the management of an HOA. An HOA board must maintain the grounds, enforce rules, hire management companies, interview potential residents, and more.

Filtering Information to the Residents

HOA board of directors deal with a myriad of issues every day. They must address issues concerning the grounds of the property, parking lot maintenance, permits, and more. The board obviously cannot alert residents every time a decision or issue pops up, so how do you know when to share something and when to hold back? What is the standard practice?

Getting Assistance

One of the biggest problems many property owners face is knowing when to ask for help. HOA board of directors are not designed to address every single problem. That is why there are property management companies that specialize in working with HOAs.

You simply need to recognize that there are details about running a property that most HOA boards are not aware of. Board members do their duties part-time or on a volunteer basis; they are not expected to become a property manager.

Once you settle on the style and purpose of your property management company, how do you choose? You want a company that specializes in property management. You should also find a Florida homeowners association lawyer, which may be necessary when legal issues arise. There are many companies out there that split their time between managing their properties and their client’s properties.

You’ll want to choose a company that focuses exclusively on helping their clients. This avoids potential conflicts of interest issues and you can rest assured knowing that the property management company and HOA lawyer has your community’s best interests in mind.


Contact the experienced homewoners association association lawyers at Stevens & Goldwyn for a free consultation. Stevens & Goldwyn specializes in community association law, real estate litigation, as well as civil & commercial litigation in Fort Lauderdale. 

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