There are many benefits to living in a community with an organized Home Owner Association (HOA). For starters, we can rest assured that nobody in the neighborhood will suddenly paint their house pink for no particular reason! The HOA is designed to provide a level of assurance to both potential buyers and home owners of a particular community. It provides a sense of “law and order” within a community in knowing that residents must abide to a set of standards. To me, guidelines are an important aspect of running any type of organization, whether it be a HOA, an Enterprise, of even a Sports Team. There must be rules in place in order to run it effectively and achieve superordinate goals together. A key guideline in my opinion is the enactment of a thorough background screening for any renter or new home owner in your community. But, what about events that draw a larger crowd to your community – such as Halloween? As a Board Director or HOA President, have you considered the risk that this event could bring to your neighborhood?
With Halloween around the corner, we should pay particularly close attention to whom we let into our neighborhoods. Predators and criminals seek out children during the Halloween season. It is our responsibility as parents to protect our children and community at larger. Most of the times, good common sense prevails. Parental supervision for children under 16 should be mandated for Trick or Treating. What’s more is that you should be careful whom you trust your children to join when trick or treating. Although there is “parental supervision”, you should confirm and verify whom the parent is and what their background may be.
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As a HOA president, you can sign up for VerticalRent today and start screening renters and homeowners with a few clicks. Within the bylaws of your HOA handbook, you should include a clause indicating the right to run random background checks.