What is a Community Association?


A Community Association is a non-profit corporation registered with the State and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the legal documents: CC&R’s, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation.

All community associations have three features that make them different from traditional home-ownership. First, members share ownership of common land and have access to facilities, such as swimming pools, that often are not affordable any other way. Second, when someone buys a home in a community, they automatically become a member of a community association and typically must abide by covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). Third, the association can charge an “assessment” (a regular fee, often monthly, that is used for upkeep of the common areas and other services and amenities).

The association may have one of a variety of names: homeowners association, property owners association, condominium association, cooperative, common interest community, or council of co-owners. To simplify matters, they are all frequently referred to using the umbrella term, community association or CA. Managing a Community Association is a specialized field and at Metropolis we believe that should be the management agents only focus. At Metropolis, we believe that a well-managed Community Association is a gift to Board Members and owners alike. The trick to wrapping up all the loose ends starts with effective communication and documentation.

Open your gift of a well-managed community today using Metropolis’s MetMail and RFA System and learn about some of our unique property management alternatives. Through these systems, information flows on a timely basis, so we can ensure that the community’s needs are being met. This means the Board of Directors is made aware of new issues and is updated on existing issues as events unfold. By connecting homeowners, vendors, community volunteers, and Board Members, Metropolis contributes to the overall well-being and advancement of the community.