What to Do When an HOA Member Won’t Pay Dues

What to Do When an HOA Member Won’t Pay Dues

hoa dues santa claritaAs an HOA manager, you have several things you must attend to daily, monthly and yearly to give your members the best possible HOA. This includes managing your properties, complaints and dealing with members who do not pay their dues. If you have experienced this, you understand how difficult this situation can be. However, there are ways to handle an HOA member who refuses to pay their dues in a professional manner. HOA dues keep your HOA moving, here is how to ensure they keep coming in.

Utilize Late Fees

Although no one likes to be the bad guy, sometimes you must enforce your rules with efficiency. By utilizing a late fee for late HOA dues, your members will be more inclined to pay quickly and on time. You should be careful to not create a late fee that is too high, but you do not want a late fee too low. Check with other HOAs to find comparable options for you. Then, make sure your members know that a late fee does exist.

Offer a Payment Plan

If your member is having trouble paying dues because of hardship, you may offer a payment plan to ensure your HOA needs are met while allowing for easier payment. You must be diligent in preparing the payment plan by making sure it is something attainable for your HOA member. Give them a set number of payments over a set number of months. However, make sure there is a consequence to not meeting the months’ worth of payments. It is important to remain steadfast.

Utilize Grace Periods

If you have some HOA members with incomes that are sporadic, you may wish to offer a grace period for late payments. However, a grace period does not give them a free ride from their dues each month. If they are still unable to pay, make sure there are consequences in line and that they are communicated to your members.

National Property Management can direct you in the right direction when it comes to difficult management issues such as lack of payment. We have the tools necessary to take back your HOA. Give us a call to see what we can do for you!

 

National Property Management Group
25115 Avenue Stanford A300
Valencia, CA 91355
661-295-5966

Best Plants for Instant HOA Curb Appeal

Best Plants for Instant HOA Curb Appeal

curb appeal hoa santa claritaWhether you are needing a sprucing up or wanting to try out a new HOA front yard design, plants are a great way to do it on the cheap. This summer, you can spend some time creating the front yard of your dreams with plants that flower and grow beautifully all year round. If you need some curb appeal within your HOA, plants are generally accepted over other additions to your home.

Which plants are the best for this time of year and season? Here are some of the best plants for instant curb appeal.

Clematis

If you want a fast-growing plant that is low maintenance, the clematis may be for you. This plant thrives in both part and full sun, which makes it perfect for any household. It grows white, purple and pink flowers during late summer and fall and looks great as a leafy bush all year round.

Coral Honeysuckle

Almost wild, the coral honeysuckle produces beautiful blooms from June to September each year. It can cover up to a 10 to 15 foot trellis in just one season. It smells beautiful and adds instant curb appeal thanks to its beautiful texture. They are also great at attracting hummingbirds which will further beautify your front yard.

Evergreen Tree

You cannot discount the simple evergreen tree, especially the “Green Giant”. This is great for added privacy and a tree that looks great and green all year round. This tree grows up to three to five feet a year, making it a great addition to your curb. It is hardy and resists disease and drought. It doesn’t take much work.

Geranium

The geranium is a classic flower that adds instant curb appeal as soon as it is planted. It blooms from May to July, so beautiful all summer. They are wildlife resistant, keeping the blooms up and rising throughout the three-month span. These flowers attract amazing pollinators such as bees and can grow in blues, pinks, whites and other variations over time.

If you are looking to add instant curb appeal to your HOA, give these amazing plants a try. Remember, your HOA may have certain rules and guidelines to follow. Call National Property today for help in the regulations and understanding how your HOA works.

 

National Property Management Group
25115 Avenue Stanford B200
Valencia, CA 91355
661-295-5966

 

The Rise of HOA Smart Homes

The Rise of HOA Smart Homes

smart home technology santa claritaSmart homes used to be a thing of the future. Homes that had internal temperature settings that set themselves and homes that knew when to lock up were something of a fairy tale. However, smart homes are here and on the rise. There are many benefits to smart homes and HOA smart homes. In fact, smart homes in Santa Clarita are seeing benefits that HOAs cannot resist. From low operating costs to tax breaks, smart homes in Santa Clarita are things of the present.

What is a Smart Home?

A smart home is a home that runs off communication from the inside to control appliances, lighting, temperature, use of energy and more. This system can be controlled from the main floor using a computer, a mobile device and sometime even a tablet. A smart home comes complete with controls needed for everything within it.

Smart homes are available in different types from low-grade to high-grade depending on your needs. You may wish to completely renovate your home into a smart home or just use a few rooms to get a feel for it. Whatever you choose, HOA smart homes will make you money in the long run.

The Benefits of a HOA Smart Home

There are many benefits to owning a smart home within an HOA as a homeowner and as a property manager. Here are the most important benefits for both:

  • The majority, 57% of home buyers are more willing to purchase a home if it is smart. This means smart homes sell quicker and do not last as long on the market.
  • The majority, 65% would pay more for a smart home. This is good news for HOA managers who are looking to increase their profits and homeowners looking to sell.
  • Home buyers are more interested in a property with smart technology, sometimes more than the overall amenities. This means, a smaller home can come equipped and sell for more than a larger home without smart technology. This is a great way to maximize your buying and selling potential.
  • These benefits also include tax breaks for smart homes due to the energy that is saved.

If you are looking into purchasing a home within an HOA or you are a property manager looking to add smart tech to your list, call us at National Property today for help!

 

National Property Management Group
25115 Avenue Stanford B200
Valencia, CA 91355
661-295-5966