In Las Vegas, HOAs (Homeowners Associations) are commonplace. There’s less of a chance that you live in a house that you own and run yourself in Las Vegas than there is of it ever snowing on low ground. Because of the HOA rules that are in place, this can be either good or bad.
If you do want to live in Las Vegas, HOA rules are a language you need to learn. The benefits of living in an HOA outweigh the cons, but we’d be remiss to say they are without their downsides. That said, most HOA rules can be considered constructive rather than restrictive, and when you hear them, they make sense.
The Most Common HOA Rules
Each Homeowners Association group has their own specific HOA rules that are individual to them. Sometimes they cross over, but for the most part, there’s no pattern to which HOA has which HOA rules. All of that is down to the individual. There are some HOA rules, however, that can be seen time and time again, especially in Las Vegas.
It’s these more common HOA rules that are the ones we’re going to take a look at.
1. Occupancy Limitations
It should go without saying that a lot of Homeowners Associations will put a limit on the number of occupants that can live inside of one home. Congestion is a real problem, particularly in cities. By enforcing fair HOA rules on how many people can live inside of a dwelling in regard to how large or small – by square-footage – said dwelling is, you’re putting a stop to congestion before it can become too big of a problem. For you and for your occupants.
2. Pet Ownership Regulations
Owning a pet is a huge part of the great cycle of life. A lot of families get a pet before they have children and, if not, they get one after. HOAs get a bad rap for their strict pet ownership rules and regulations. As a homeowner, you need to implement at least some HOA rules when it comes to pets.
Pets are allowed in the majority of HOA dwellings but don’t be afraid to establish a few rules here and there. Some of the more common pet HOA rules are keeping your dog on a leash, ensuring all fouling is cleaned up and keeping a hat on too much noise.
3. Noise Limitations
On a related note, noise, in general, is frowned upon for most HOAs. Urge your homeowners to keep a lid on noisy activities. For the most part, this is common decency to neighbors and other homes in the neighborhood, but because some nights simply call for a birthday party, you can think about implementing “quiet hours”. Having designated quiet hours may feel restrictive to some homeowners, but others will be grateful to be able to sleep and/or party. A symbiotic neighborhood is a happy one.
4. HOA Fees
While HOAs are considered a community service, there are particular HOA services or costs that will come into play for homeowners. These are known in the business as “dues”, and these dues are considered HOA rules that are commonplace throughout the country. Fees added to pay dues will help the HOA to improve and maintain the neighborhoods for the benefit of those living there and future residents. These fees can be monthly or annual and are a key part to the maintenance of a good community.
5. Property and Grounds Maintenance
As far as maintenance goes, homeowners who own properties in an HOA are required to do certain routine tasks – mowing the lawn, watering the plants – to ensure the HOA is aesthetically pleasing for prospective buyers and renters. The dues paid annually or monthly can go towards communal equipment and it’s up to the homeowner themselves to decide whether or not their home meets the HOA rules and standards.
Most of the HOA rules implemented across the board are a matter of common decency. The thing is that owners can forget if there are no HOA rules in place or written down to remind them.
HOA rules can provide structure to your community, whether you’re an owner or a tenant, and structure will always be a costworthy benefit.