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06/08/2007 1:54 PM  
Can anyone tell me of a site that I can find some info on PA HOA laws.

Also - does every HOA have to have a set of Bylaws, and what's the difference between bylaws and coventants? thanks


06/08/2007 2:05 PM  
You can get a copy of the Pennsylvanis Uniform Planned Communities Act here:

The Act details what must be contained in By-Laws and what can and can't be in your documents. There are plenty of HOA websites that have documents posted if you want to see how things are worded. You can also check these for additional info:

I hope that helps.



06/08/2007 3:55 PM  
No, a HOA does not need by-laws. Convenants and Restrictions are the rules that are attached to the deed of the property. You can have both CC&R's and by-laws or only CC&R's. You can find a copy of the CC&R's at your local COUNTY courthouse in the records department. Depends on what state your in if both CC&R's and by-laws have to be filed. Most of the time it's just the CC&R's.
The by-laws are more considered the "daily" rules of the HOA. They are maintained amongst the HOA. If there is a conflict between the CC&R's and by-laws, the CC&R's take precedence. It's recommend if you make any changes that you do both at the same time.
There are many other documents that a HOA may or may not have. I've heard of some HOA's only having an Archectual Review Board (ARB) or Archectual Review Committee (ACC). The HOA may or may not be incorporated. If it is, then there will be Incorporation documents too. That will define if the HOA is For-Profit or Non-profit. Most HOA's are Non-profit. However, non-profit in these terms isn't the same as a non-profit charity.
I would read some more posts on here. This subject has been covered a few times. This is a great resource for this type of information.

Former HOA President


06/08/2007 4:21 PM  
Kim, every HOA (and any other organizations) should have By-laws. They establish the structural aspects of an organization. The Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions establish each owner's agreement to be part of the association, the assessment requirements, and restrictions with which owners can be legally forced to comply, i.e., deed restrictions.


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