Homeowner Associations: Who’s Responsible for What When It Comes to Maintenance?

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Homeowners often wonder who’s responsible for what when it comes to maintenance in their neighborhood, and the answer isn’t always crystal clear.

Is the HOA or homeowner responsible?

In general, an association is responsible for repairing or replacing common or shared elements. Owners, on the other hand, are responsible for maintaining their own homes.

But there are two problems that come with this definition. First, some areas are neither common elements nor part of your home. These are called limited common elements. Who is responsible for these?

Second, ownership and responsibility for repair and replacement are not necessarily the same thing, which makes it even more confusing.

How to find out who’s responsible…

Since each association is different, you would need to check your association’s governing documents to find out what you’re responsible for and what your association is responsible for. The documents typically include a maintenance responsibility chart. This chart may help clear up any confusion about who’s responsible for what when it comes to maintenance. You can find the governing documents in the Documents section of your association’s website.

If you have questions about your association’s maintenance responsibility chart, check with your association manager or a board member.