HOAs have a vocabulary all their own. Here are some words you'll see and hear used in reference to your community, and what they mean.
Declarant: The person or entity that creates the original governing documents for the association. The Declarant is usually the developer of the project.
Board of Directors: The governing body responsible for management and oversight of the association.
Governing Documents: The set of documents that establish the existence of the HOA and outline its authority, policies, and internal affairs.
Bylaws: One of the governing documents. Bylaws outline how the association is to be run; quorum for meetings, manner of elections, number and roles of officers.
Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs): One of the governing documents. CC&Rs establish the association's authority to levy assessments, the deed restrictions (rules) of the development, the powers and duties of the board.
Assessments: The fee levied by the Association against each homeowner for the purpose of funding the Association.
Common Areas: Property owned by the Association.
Architectural Control Committee/Architectural Review Committee (ACC/ARC): A committee that reviews modification requests submitted by homeowners.
Modification Request/ACC Request: An application to modify a lot or structures on a lot.
Transition: The process of transferring control of an Association from the Declarant to the homeowners of a subdivision.