An HOA board gets elected by owners in a homeowners association to manage the affairs of the HOA. They will enforce the CC&Rs, oversee the property manager or – if none is appointed – directly handle the maintenance, repairs, insurance, and owner communication. They typically meet between AGMs on a monthly basis, sometimes with holiday or seasonal breaks. Any owner can apply to join their condo or HOA board, and having a mix of relevant experience can make administration much easier.
It is important to remember that HOA board members are volunteers and essential to running a successful community. Some HOA boards receive a small honorarium for their contributions to the community. The honorarium may not reflect the value of their time, but it’s a nice gesture. If nobody volunteers, everything stops – no bills will be paid, no maintenance will be done, eventually creditors will file suit to be paid and the court may appoint a receiver to run the association. Now some stranger is running the association and you the owners are paying $500/hour for him or her to do so.