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“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


February 19, 2019 - Karl Yeh

In part 2 of our two part video series on homeowner's associations (HOA), we discuss if tenants are responsible for HOA fees, if guests can use HOA facilities and if you can rent HOA facilities. We also explore what happens if no one volunteers for an HOA. Make sure to watch part 1: "What is an homeowners association (including purpose, rules and responsibilities"


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Hi everyone, Karl here and welcome to another Homebuyer's School video. A channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts. And remember this is your first time on this channel and you wanna get the latest strategies from the expert, hit the subscription button below. Hit the little notification [00:00:30] bell so you don't miss anything. Today I'm joined by Heather [inaudible 00:00:33], Community Experience Lead with Brookfield Residential.

And this is part two of our discussion on homeowner association. You can view part one in the description below.

So Heather, to continue our discussion on HOA's, what happens if you, let's say don't live in the community, but you have tenants who you've rented out your place.

Is a tenant responsible for HOA fees?

Heather Cockerline:          

Oh, that's fine. We would like for those tenants to be part of the community [00:01:00] so all of that would take as just the homeowner basically signing over their membership to the tenant.

Karl Yeh:           Okay.

Heather Cockerline:           

But it's always best to check with the HOA in the community to find out what the proper process is to do that.

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Can guests use HOA facilities in the community?

Karl Yeh:          

What happens if ... Let's say I do live in the community but I wanna bring other people who don't live in the community to a facility. So we talked about ice skating rinks, [00:01:30] maybe a pool. Like how does that work?

Heather Cockerline:           

Again that's something that's specific to each homeowner's association.

Generally speaking they are more than happy to have you bring in guests but you would just have to find out if there's any stipulations on when that is or how many people can come in.

Karl Yeh:          

I think one of the things, I know in Calgary there's one homeowner association, it's called Auburn Bay, right.

And there's a lake and everybody wants to go to the lake in the summer so how is that ... [00:02:00] Does the homeowner association wanna make sure that the facility is, I guess for the residents first, and then their friends come in but what happens if it gets too full or is like ... How does that start working.

Heather Cockerline:            

Yeah that usually isn't an issue because every single time you go into your homeowner's association you have a swipe card.

Karl Yeh:           Oh, okay.

Heather Cockerline:             

Right. So if you are allowed to bring say, two extra people with you, then they mark it down. And [00:02:30] that's I think how they manage that.

Can you rent HOA facilities?

Karl Yeh:          

If your homeowner association does have facilities, right. Can you go rent them and how does that work?

Heather Cockerline:            

You can.

So we encourage that obviously. That's why we've included that in the plans.

So maybe it's a gymnasium for a birthday party or maybe it's the hockey rink for an evening with your friends. Whatever that might be.

A lot of them have a banquet space or a community kitchen. So we want people [00:03:00] to utilize those spaces.

But again it's specific to each homeowner's association and so we would encourage you to speak with them on what the rules and regulations are.

What if no one volunteers for the Homeowner's Association?

Karl Yeh:          

Perfect. I guess the last question I have for you from a homeowner association perspective is, what happens if ... I don't know if you've ever experienced this.

What happens if there's no one, has, no one volunteers for your HOA.

So for example, you know a lot of people who I guess don't wanna live by [00:03:30] themselves and don't wanna get to know their neighbors or anything like that.

Or they just don't have time to be a board member. Don't have time to be the president. Has that ever happened. What would happens then?

Heather Cockerline:           

No. It's never happened.

So I don't think it's an issue.

People are more than happy and willing to participate because this is what they love about their community. They have a voice and they can speak to what they want in the community, what their friends and family want in the community.

So it's never been an issue. If we do [00:04:00] notice that there's a spot coming available. Say if somebody moves from the community, then they have to come off of the board.

 Then we would start looking for opportunities to fill that void should we need to.

Karl Yeh:           Perfect. Do you have anything else to add in terms of homeowner associations?

Heather Cockerline:             They're amazing.

Karl Yeh:           Awesome. Great. And the question of the day for you is:

If you live in a community with a homeowner associations, what are some of the benefits that you gotten?

Let us know in the comments section [00:04:30] below. And remember if you enjoyed this video or found it helpful, hit the thumbs up button, remember to leave a comment and remember to subscribe. Thank you and we'll catch you next time.



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About Heather Cockerline:

Heather Cockerline is the Communities Experience Lead at Brookfield Residential.  Heading up a new role in the land development industry, Heather is proud to be working with residents to co-create communities that impact their sense of belonging and overall quality of life.

With over 10 years in the development and home building industry, Heather is using her extensive knowledge of the journey of home building to guide and influence the industry to a more wholistic planning approach that is collaborative, proactive and evidence based; creating a new standard of excellence for North American developers to reimagine and deliver complete communities. 

Heather is a true ‘people person’ with a passion for customer experience.  Seeing happy, healthy, thriving people living their best life possible is what drives her to challenge the status quo, working at all sectors and levels, including the municipal government level, to ensure every resident feels a sense of belonging. 

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