Re: Re: Dividing authority between the Board and the Membership of a HOA
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 08:05:45 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 20, 2006, at 4:17 PM, Joani Blank wrote:

bylaws are not all that easy to change, CC and Rs even harder. So it's usually a good idea to put in there the bare minimum required by law or regulation. House Rules or Community agreements or whatever you want to call them are much easier to work with, modify, etc.

While I don't disagree with Joanie (and many others on this) the process that is described as "hard" is one of getting approval from all the mortgage holders on the property. This is "hard" in the sense of detail and paperwork, not great conceptual leaps or lengthy court appearances.

One law firm in Washington that represents many condominiums holds twice yearly Q&A forums for its clients. In one of these they discussed this issue and said that people have exaggerated this difficulty. If you want to do it you can. The only thing the banks would object to is something that might endanger property values because it is their money you are risking.

For some people the "hard" in detail and paperwork is easy; for others its unimaginably hard. You just have to find the right person to take it on.

Sharon Villines
Building Community: A Guide to Creating New Neighborhoods

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