Home Owners Associations in California are authorized and regulated by state law. When purchasing a home that has a HOA, it is important for buyers to read and understand the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions of the residential development. These CC&Rs are drawn up in compliance with state laws regulating such associations and are therefore enforceable.
The operational nature of the HOA may be intrusive for some homebuyers. Others may view the association as a godsend that will ease their physical and emotional worries about keeping up with such important matters as maintenance and security. But there is a monthly fee for the service, which is another fact that potential buyers will want to investigate prior to signing a purchase agreement for the home.