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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a homeowners association?

An association is a nonprofit corporation or sometimes an unincorporated association created to manage a common interest development. The association provides the means for the ownership and use of recreational facilities and other commonly used amenities. The association achieves architectural control, rules enforcement and a base for homeowner social interaction.

What is the board of directors?

Your association is a corporation by law and therefore must be managed by a governing board just like any other corporation. The Board of Directors is the body elected by the members of the association to run the business of the association. The Board establishes rules and regulations, oversees the maintenance of the common area, enforces the governing documents and sets the annual budget. The Board is the decision-making body for all association business.

Who makes up the board of directors?

The board members are elected by the membership and an annual election is held each year. The qualifications for a board member are listed in your association’s governing documents.

When are the board meetings and can I attend?

Board meeting dates and times are set by the Board. Homeowners are permitted to attend the regular session meetings of the Board and may be given an opportunity to speak during Homeowner Forum. The Board may also meet in Executive Session to discuss sensitive issues defined in the law and homeowners are not permitted to attend those meetings.

What are the CC&RS?

The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions is a legal document, a covenant that runs with the land and is binding on future owners. It establishes the rules for how your association is governed, establishes maintenance responsibilities, insurance requirements, assessment provisions and use restrictions among other things. The CC&Rs empower the Board of Directors to act on behalf of the Association and create policies, restrictions and rules for the use and enjoyment of the property.

What are the by-laws?

The By-Laws include provisions regarding the organization structure of the association, its board of directors, membership and voting. It includes duties and powers of the board of directors, qualifications and term of office for the board of directors and establishes the quorum requirements for different types of meetings.

What are the articles of incorporation?

The Articles of Incorporation is the document filed with the Secretary of State establishing the association as a legal corporation. It contains the legal name of the association and the purpose of the corporation.

What are the rules and regulations?

The Rules and Regulations are drafted by the Board of Directors with authority to do so from the CC&Rs. They are typically drafted to clarify the legal language in the CC&Rs and provide guidance on issues not covered in the original CC&Rs.

What is the assessment?

All homeowners pay a regular assessment. The assessment is used for the maintenance and administration of the association. The association’s budget will describe the various line items for which the assessment is used.

What happens if I don't pay my assessment?

The CC&Rs provide remedies for the association if a member does not pay their assessment. This includes filing a lien on your property. The law and the governing documents provide significant protection for the association since it would not be able to operate without the assessment revenue.

What is a management company and what do they do?

A management company is hired by your association’s board of directors to act as an agent on behalf of the association in the operation and administration of the association’s business. The management company attends board meetings, provides advice and counsel to the Board and acts as the liaison between the board and homeowners and the board and vendors. The management company provides accounting services, prepares the monthly financial statement, handles billing and collection of delinquent accounts in accordance with the policies established by the Board and the law.

What are the office hours?

The Management Trust Office Hours are:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 3pm

What if I have an emergency outside of regular business hours?

The management company has a 24 hour 7 days per week emergency service for you to contact. Please call (562) 926-3372 for any property threatening emergencies after hours. This includes plumbing leaks, irrigation leaks, downed trees, flooding, etc.