Hi everybody! Jen, Holba here with Debbie Zois Team with Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas. I just want to wish everybody a happy holiday weekend.
I know with COVID in place that we’re all trying to just get creative and entertain ourselves as safely as we can through this holiday. I hope there are lots of hamburgers and hot dogs and smiles and laughs in store for you this weekend.
I wanted to quickly talk about a piece of mail that I got today. I got a letter from my HOA property management company. I live in the San Marino development, which is a community within the crossings over here in Summerlin.
I got a letter today explaining to us why the pool is still closed.
I’m seeing all over social media on the Nextdoor app, Facebook, Summerlin groups, etc. – “Why is our community pool still closed?” I mean, we’re all kind of like, “That’s the only thing we have to do, right?”
So I’ve been wondering, and here we have it – two different things that I didn’t think about when I thought that they were keeping it closed. I assumed that it was just simply for safety reasons, that there’s really no way to police it unless you have somebody sitting there all day long to make sure that people are social distancing, making sure that the place stays clean – that sort of thing, right? No way to do it.
Well it’s true. So our property management company is following guidelines from the Southern Nevada health district and their list of things that need to be done in order for our community pool to be open is quite lengthy
Things just like:
- Monitoring the number of people
- and so much more.
So in order to be able to do that, they would need to bring on additional staff to police it and sit there and monitor what is going on, sit there and continue to clean it as people are using it – that sort of thing. So with that comes additional costs and who is going to pay for that cost, but the homeowners that live in the development?
So our HOA met quite a few times on it to decide how are they going to overcome this cost if they were to open the pool? They voted on it. The only way that they could see being able to pay for this is by approving a special assessment. I don’t know what that looked like, but clearly it was enough money to implement a special assessment
It was voted on and it was voted against by the board members of the HOA. Thank goodness – because I don’t know that I would want to pay a special assessment just to have my pool open.
Now, that’s just to pay for a staff member to facilitate the pool being opened and closed. The second item that causes costs to keep it open is liability insurance. It didn’t even cross my mind that our insurance for the homeowners association is going up because of COVID. No clue. Didn’t, didn’t think about it for one second.
Obviously safety and concern is number one. We all want to continue to be as safe as possible while social distancing. We want to enjoy life. We have to get outside. It’s part of our mental health. But unfortunately the pool is just not in the cards at the moment.
So again, I’m seeing a lot of people question, “Why? Why? Why?” and “When? When? When?” Now knowing what you know, and what there is behind the decision to keep the pool closed, I’ll no longer scowl at it when I drive by in the morning.
I hope this helps answer a couple of questions. Of course, if you need anything real estate or non-real estate related Debbie Zois Team is there for you. And we hope you have a good weekend.
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