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Your HOA is responsible for maintaining roads and parking lots

Nothing is worse on your vehicle than potholes and shoddy roads. When you move into a California neighborhood, you expect those things not to be present, especially if you become the member of a homeowners' association.

It may surprise you that keeping the roads in good condition falls to the HOA and not to local authorities. Knowing that, you probably expect that at least part of your HOA dues go toward making sure that the roadways and parking lots in the community remain well maintained.

What services should the HOA provide for roads and parking lots?

If the city or county aren't responsible for the maintenance of the asphalt in your neighborhood, what should you reasonably expect from your HOA? Below are some of the road issues that the board should keep on top of in your community:

  • The HOA should keep the roads and parking lots pothole free. Not only does this save you some vehicle and tire maintenance, but it could easily become a safety issue as well.
  • The HOA should make sure that it removes any dead animals or debris that could impede or inconvenience your travel through the neighborhood. Other than the safety hazards, this vital task keeps the area looking clean, which helps maintain property values and could bring in new purchasers.
  • Parking lots tend to require repaving every so often, which the HOA is responsible for doing.
  • Because of its exposure to the elements and vehicles, the painted lines on the roads and in the parking lots tend to fade, sometimes faster than anticipated. These lines require periodic painting in order to keep the flow of traffic and parked vehicles moving smoothly.

Not only do these efforts keep the neighborhood looking nice and clean, but they also save you money in the long run since regular maintenance should preclude the need for major repairs in the absence of some unforeseen damage.

If you believe the HOA is not fulfilling this important duty, for which at least part of your HOA dues is for, you have the right to bring it to the attention of the board. Before doing so, you will need to review your community's HOA documents, such as the CC&Rs, bylaws and others. Since these documents can be complex and not easily deciphered, it may benefit you greatly to have an experienced eye review them and advise you regarding your rights and legal remedies.

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