Community associations, aka home owners associations (HOA), are part of common interest developments. You share the well maintained common areas and amenities. In addition, you share the cost of the staff that comes with maintaining the common areas and amenities.
Amenities, common areas, pools, gym, hallways, playgrounds are shared among association members or unit owners. Shared areas are maintained and paid for by association fees included in common charges or special assessments.
Planned community associations cover planned urban developments (PUDs), townhouses, and detached single family homes. Everyone’s homes’ appearance, what you can and cannot do at common areas have to abide by the association by-laws and house rules.
HOAs of condominium and co-ops operate very similarly in up-keeping shared common areas.
Every home owner is encouraged to run for a board position to help make reasonable decisions that benefit the whole community.