If you’ve ever owned or rented a home, you can probably relate to having some complaints about your homeowner’s association.
A homeowner’s association (HOA) is, by definition, an organization in a subdivision, planned community, or condominium that makes and enforces rules for the properties in its jurisdiction. Now, with that definition in mind, it might surprise you to know that the individuals who manage HOAs are not currently required to have criminal background checks completed. These people who drive HOAs forward are referred to as community association managers. They work on behalf of homeowner or community associations to handle the communal property and services of condominiums, cooperatives, and planned communities.
Because of this background check requirement oversight for community managers, you may be relinquishing your HOA fees and handing responsibility over to people who have a criminal past and may not be suited for the role you, as a homeowner or renter, are trusting them with.
There have been numerous reports on community managers committing fraud and taking the fees that unsuspecting homeowners are required to pay.
Luckily, ten states are becoming leaders in preventing this type of fraud. On July 1, 2015, the new policy will require the community manager applicant to “pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check” in addition to complying with other regulations.
“With over 1,440 complaints related to HOAs [in Colorado], 548 were directed at community association managers,” Aldo Svaldi of The Denver Post writes. This statistic shows how critical it is that we perform background checks on community association managers to ensure they are a good fit for their responsibilities and position.
Creating a background check policy for these community association managers will hopefully cut down on complaints as well as deceitful tactics.
We welcome the opportunity to assist you in your background check needs for homeowner’s associations or housing developments. Make sure you know the necessary background information on your potential hires before making any long-term decisions.
If you feel Protect People could be a good fit for your business or organization, feel free to contact us with your needs and we will follow up shortly.