What is a HOA or Homeowners Associations?

A homeowners association is an organization of property owners that administers the rules and upholds the covenants’ of a subdivision, development or condominium complex.

So if you are planning on moving to a neighborhood with an HOA, their rules affect and limit what you can do to a property you own. The rules and covenants are enforced by the HOA's homeowner-elected or developer-appointed board of directors.

Today, it is estimates that about 62 million U.S. residents lived in a HOA community as of 2010.

Good news on moving to a Virginia HOA as opposed to other states.

Virginia is one of the two states that the Supreme Court has ruled that an HOA’s power to fine residents is an unconstitutional delegation of police and judicial power.

A HOA (Homeowners Association) provides residents with shared neighborhood values, an opportunity to have decreased ownership responsibility along with enforcing regulations, consistent with statutory constraints, to achieve a community representative of such values.

In doing so, an HOA restricts the rights that would otherwise exist for its members based on municipal codes. For instance, a degree of conformity is often required in exterior appearance of single family homes and there are often time limits and/or restrictions to activities generating noise.

We have compiled a list of HOA website to make your educated decision on whether or not you would like to move to a HOA community.  

View our sidebar to find links to HOA's in Northern Virginia.