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Term Definition
Homeowners Association (HOA)*

a non-profit organization made up of volunteers and a governing body that makes an enforces rules for a subdivision of homes, condominium complex, or planned development

HOAs can be incorporated or unincorporated. It is formed for the purpose of managing a residential development. HOAs are generally associated with developments consisting of single family homes (SFH) on individual lots. The homes can either be detached, stand alone structures or they can be townhomes. In the Davis-Stirling Act, it falls under the category of planned developments.

* This website generally uses Homeowners Association or HOA as a catch-all. There are many variations in the usage of this term, such as homeowner association, homeowner's association, home owner association. Others insist that HOA can only refer to single-family planned developments and prefer community association or condominium owners association (COA).

There is a distinction between Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Property Owners Associations (POAs).