The primary duty of a board of directors is to manage their association. Boards also have the authority to delegate management functions. Following are the forms of management commonly found in homeowner associations:
Self-Management. Small associations frequently use self-management, i.e., the board directly manages the association without the assistance of professional management.
Management Company. Small and medium-sized associations often employ a management company to handle day to day operations. This includes assessment collection, property inspections, soliciting bids for board review, correspondence, meeting attendance, etc. See manager fees.
Onsite Management. Large (and smaller high-end) associations will often employ a full-time onsite manager to handle operations. Assessment collection is frequently done by an outside company, but very large associations sometimes set up an in-house department for their accounting. More often than not, the general manager is a direct employee of the association. However, some associations operate with the manager as an employee of a management company.
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