Being on the board of an HOA can be some work...and if you have a sub division where there is a lot to manage...recreation areas, common areas that require landscaping etc, the use or rental of facilities...a management company may be the best choice rather than depending on time from volunteers.
If as many in our area have, you just have a common area...it is most probably not necessary...and volunteers may be scarce...but their "jobs" are not monumental. There is the hire the landscape company, collect dues and the verification of dues paid when people move...get the HOA docs to newcomers. In theory, they are supposed to enforce the rules, answer complaints, do something about violations of the rules...often that is not the case...dues and landscaping are the largest responsibility. If this is your choice as a "give back" not a great deal of time or complication involved.
One HOA recently decided, while the tasks were not monumental, there were few volunteers to run for the positions on the board...so their solution was to hire a management company. That would almost sound logical...the first communication announced that of course there would be an increase in dues to cover their "services"...(hiring one landscape company) and there was also a questonnaire.
I am not qualified to determine the "legality" of the questions...only the wisdom...or rather lack thereof in this document sent to residents. Question included:
- Mortgage company and their address
- If the home is rented (none are to my knowledge) AND
a copy of the lease....
- Homeowners insurance company, name and address
- Vehichle descriptions - model, color, make & license no.
- Pet(s) type breed and weight
NONE of these questions ...first have anything to do with the HOA documents OR to our minds are any of their business....are they selling the information to other insurance agents ? Car dealers ? Veterinarians ? While in some parts of real estate there is no such thing as toooo much information...this is a classic example of TOO much information when it is NOT required...over stepping whatever self ordained authority this "management" group might imagine they have....Their BIG BROTHER sort of attitude exemplified won't be met with warm fuzzy answers.
If you receive any such questions that you are not comfortable answering and feel exceed the boundaries of the "authority" of a company...DO NOT answer them...pay dues that are required....do not answer questions that are not required...or necessary.
Privacy infringement ...we think so...just say NO to such "outside the lines" questions.
This is a public service message brought to you courtesy of Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Associate Brokers with Keller Williams Realty in southeastern Wisconsn.