Board members discussing HOA problems.


Key takeaways

  • Investing in an access control system can solve common HOA problems like parking issues, security concerns, and streamlining visitor management.
  • Establish clear communication channels to prevent minor HOA issues from escalating into larger ones.


While it’s the responsibility of HOAs to maintain property values and community standards, they often face a myriad of challenges in doing so. As a result, you may have heard several HOA horror stories if you live in a condo or serve on an HOA board.

Join us as we examine eleven common HOA problems and discover practical solutions to solve them. Then, we answer some of your top questions about HOA problem solving.

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11 common HOA problems and how to solve them

If you serve on an HOA board or live in a condo community, you may be wondering how to deal with HOA issues. In this section, you’ll find eleven common issues that HOA board members and property managers deal with and learn how to overcome them.

Explore our list of eleven HOA problems and solutions:

  1. Lack of communication
  2. Parking disputes
  3. Maintenance issues
  4. Security concerns
  5. Visitor management
  6. Unenforceable rules
  7. Financial management
  8. Conflicts between owners
  9. Non-compliance with state laws
  10. Problems with HOA management companies
  11. Board member burnout


1. Lack of communication

Lack of effective communication can lead to misunderstandings, resident dissatisfaction, and disengagement. In fact, poor communication is the most common source of HOA problems in communities.

Here’s our solution:

  • Clear communication channels. Utilize multiple communication channels such as newsletters, email updates, and community meetings.
  • Ask for feedback. Encouraging feedback and ensuring all voices are heard can improve relations and foster a more cohesive community.
  • Address issues promptly. Tackling complaints quickly prevents them from escalating into larger issues.


Owners solving HOA problems.


2. Parking disputes

HOA parking problems are one of the most common complaints within HOAs. Limited spaces, unauthorized vehicles, and disputes over designated spots can create significant tension among residents.

With this in mind, implementing clear parking policies and ensuring they are well-communicated is crucial.

Here’s our solution:

  • Gate access control. Access control systems like electronic gates grant automatic access to authorized vehicles at your property. As a result, they help regulate and monitor parking effectively. What’s more, gate access control systems with cameras empower you to see exactly who’s entering your community.
  • Vehicle access control. Vehicle access control grants hands-free access to vehicles at your property. In fact, they not only streamline access for vehicles but also empower you to keep detailed logs of every vehicle that enters your community for your peace of mind. Additionally, vehicle access control systems like our ButterflyMX Vehicle Readers and Windshield Tags are easy to distribute and implement at communities of all sizes.
  • Enforce clear parking regulations. Regular patrols and strict enforcement of rules for owners and visitors mitigate parking disputes.


3. Maintenance issues

Poorly maintained common areas can detract from your community’s appeal and lead to safety hazards. What’s more, it can significantly decrease your property value over time and lead to expensive repairs in the future.

Here’s how our solution:

  • Create a maintenance schedule. Establish an HOA maintenance schedule and stick to it. Regular inspections and prompt repairs are key, so it’s important to stay on top of them.
  • Establish a maintenance budget. Allocating a portion of the budget specifically for maintenance can ensure that funds are always available for necessary upkeep.
  • Conduct regular inspections of high-traffic areas. Common areas like shared amenity spaces, lobbies, gyms, and laundry rooms are often more susceptible to general wear and tear due to their extended use. So, conduct quarterly inspections of these key areas.


Pro tip: Invest in an access control system that grants automatic access to maintenance workers and technicians to streamline maintenance at your community.


4. Security concerns

Residents often worry about the security of their homes and the community, especially in areas that are commonly used and visited by guests. In fact, keeping your community safe is one of the most important roles of HOA board members.

Here’s our solution:

  • Invest in integrated access control systems. Investing in robust security measures is essential. Access control systems like video intercoms, security cameras, and key card entry systems all serve to enhance safety in your community. What’s more, integrating your access control systems with your package room or elevator ensures that only authorized owners can access sensitive areas.
  • Keep owners updated on security procedures. Regularly updating residents about security protocols and encouraging them to report suspicious activities can foster a safer environment in your community.
  • Consider cloud-based systems. Cloud-based access control systems and security cameras automatically store and log entry activity and footage. So, you can easily access footage from anywhere in the event of a security incident.


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5. Visitor management

Managing visitors, especially during holidays or events, can become chaotic and lead to security breaches. So, it’s essential to have a system in place that’s specifically designed to streamline visitor management in your community.

Here’s our solution:

  • Use front desk software. Our ButterflyMX Front Desk Station empowers you to manage, monitor, and grant access to visitors right at your front desk. So, you can grant secure yet automatic access to authorized visitors without manually checking them in.
  • Implement robust access control. An access control system that includes visitor management features can streamline your visitor intake process. Pre-registering guests, providing temporary access codes, and maintaining a log of visitors all help manage and monitor visitors effectively.
  • Use time-sensitive virtual keys. ButterflyMX Virtual Keys provide seamless, temporary access to visitors, service providers, and delivery couriers so they can access your community without owners needing to be home. What’s more, they expire after an allotted time period. So, guests won’t be able to use old, expired credentials to continue accessing your property.


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6. Unenforceable HOA rules

Some HOA rules may be outdated, vague, or simply unenforceable, leading to frustration among residents and board members alike.

Here’s our solution:

  • Review and update important documents. Regularly reviewing and updating the HOA’s governing documents is essential for maintaining order in your community.
  • Seek legal counsel. Legal counsel ensures your rules comply with state laws, like New York State homeowners association laws. What’s more, clear, enforceable rules benefit everyone in the community and prevent unnecessary issues.


7. Financial management

HOAs often face issues with budgeting, reserves, and financial transparency, which can lead to mistrust and legal problems.

Here’s our solution:

  • Hire financial help. Hire a reputable management company or an accountant to provide professional oversight of your finances.
  • Maintain transparency. Moreover, transparent financial practices, regular audits, and clear communication about financial matters with owners can also build trust and ensure fiscal responsibility.


8. Conflicts between owners

Disputes between individual owners, or between owners and the board can escalate if not handled properly.

Here’s our solution:

  • Establish a clear process for conflict resolution. Mediation by a neutral third party can be effective. Moreover, encourage respectful dialogue and address issues promptly to prevent conflicts from escalating. As a result, addressing conflicts proactively empowers your board to create a more harmonious and well-managed community.


9. Non-compliance with state laws

HOAs must comply with state laws and failing to do so can result in mounting legal issues.

Here’s our solution:

  • Brush up on state compliance. Stay informed about local and state laws and ensure all practices and documents comply. Consulting with legal professionals familiar with HOA regulations in specific states can also help avoid legal pitfalls.


Woman writing down common HOA problems.


10. Problems with HOA management companies

Some HOAs face issues with management companies, including poor performance, lack of transparency, and high costs.

Here’s our solution:

  • Find reputable companies. Conduct thorough research before hiring a management company and regularly review their performance. What’s more, set clear expectations and maintain open communication to guarantee a successful partnership.


11. Board member burnout

Volunteering for the HOA board can be time-consuming and stressful, leading to burnout and high turnover.

Here’s our solution:

  • Don’t overdo it. Encourage community involvement and share responsibilities to lighten your load. Moreover, provide training and support for your HOA board members to help them manage their duties more effectively and reduce burnout.


HOA problems FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions about HOA problems:


What does HOA mean?

HOA stands for homeowners association and is an organization in a community that creates and enforces rules and regulations for properties and owners.


How much power do HOAs really have?

HOAs can enforce rules, collect dues, and manage community assets. However, their authority is limited by state laws and the association’s governing documents.


What are the disadvantages of HOA?

HOAs can impose restrictive rules, charge mandatory fees, and have the power to enforce penalties. As a result, this can sometimes lead to conflicts and dissatisfaction among owners.


How do you resolve conflict with an HOA?

Conflict resolution can be achieved through open communication, mediation, and, if necessary, legal action. So, it’s best to address issues early and seek common ground.

Homeowners can also propose amendments to governing documents or vote to change management companies if they are unsatisfied. What’s more, engaging in board elections and voicing concerns during meetings can also lead to impactful changes.


How do I deal with HOA problems?

Addressing HOA problems involves clear communication, understanding governing documents, and, if necessary, seeking mediation or legal advice. Engaging with the board and participating in meetings can also be effective.


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