When considering HOA security, there’s a question that usually comes up and perhaps you’ve come across it on the neighborhood website. Is it the board’s obligation to provide adequate security measures like cameras for protecting homes in the community? And, is the board responsible for security breaches?
It’s common for HOA boards to contract with the county government or even hire private patrol officers to ensure homeowners are safe. But, in case of a breach, who will be held accountable? Have you thought about what you can do to contribute to safety in the HOA? The following advice will keep you on track when it comes to security in your association.
The HOA Is Normally Not Fully Responsible
A majority of homeowners associations do their best to keep you safe but more often than not, the board is not liable for security related issues. Of course, it may be accountable for not taking timely and proper action in resolving general safety problems that causes harm to members or damage to their property.
Some of the HOA’s responsibilities include having adequate lighting in common areas and installing durable security gates. If you don’t know what your association covers, ask for a copy of the governing documents or contact the HOA board through the neighborhood website.
As a homeowner, you shouldn’t fully depend on the HOA to keep you safe. Instead, be pro-active when it comes to protecting your home and yourself by implementing your own security measures. For instance, you could install security cameras in your home and make it a habit to always lock the doors.
If the governing documents are vague about which party is liable for security issues, it may be best to check with an attorney for guidance. Another option to consider is to bring up the topic in a meeting or open it up for discussion on the neighborhood website so other homeowners get informed and voice their concerns.