When you purchased your home, you had probably carefully considered several houses. As you walked through the properties, you likely opened cabinets, inspected appliances and scrutinized the structure. You also asked the real estate agent or seller many, many questions.
Homeowners' associations (HOAs) exist in order to ensure common areas, roads, pools and other amenities enjoyed by neighborhood residents receive proper maintenance and repairs. HOA fees are based on the type of neighborhood and the facilities that require routine maintenance. When buying a home in a California neighborhood with an HOA, the buyer knows about the HOA covenant and payment.
You're a homeowner and you want to put in a small residential unit on your property, either within or slightly away from the main dwelling. Should be simple and straightforward, right? After all, you own the property.