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Kuester Management Group Reflects on Options for Accommodating Electric Vehicles in HOAs

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Kuester Management Group highlights strategies for HOA boards to consider as homeowners invest in electric vehicles.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - eTradeWire -- Electric vehicles are becoming more popular with several auto manufacturers now offering their own models. As more homeowners buy or lease these types of cars, questions arise around the installation and management of charging stations. Kuester Management Group has released a statement to the press regarding different ways the HOA can approach these inquiries or requests.

"Electric vehicle charging stations are an issue many associations haven't faced before, so there may not be existing language in the governing documents about them," says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. "However, the HOA should review which current rules may apply, such as requiring the addition of any structures to be approved by the architectural review board."

When deciding whether to install charging stations in common areas, the board should consider how many members would be seeking to use them and where the best location would be, says Kuester. While the cost of construction and maintenance would likely be evenly spread across all homeowners, the board may look at ways to charge individuals for the electricity used to charge their vehicles.

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There may also need to be a process put in place for reserving charging times if the first-come, first-serve method causes unnecessary controversy. It is a good idea to work with homeowners to gather their feedback and create rules that are mutually agreeable.

The association should also check to see if there are any state or federal rules that would affect decision making around electric vehicle charging stations, their use, and fees. Working with a legal professional can help mitigate risks and ensure compliance with any regulatory requirements.

"If your HOA is receiving requests for charging stations, talk with your HOA management company for guidance and insight on how to best handle these situations," says Kuester. "They can help you work through challenges and put effective processes in place."

Kuester Management Group works with HOAs across the Carolinas to understand their governing documents and address the needs and goals of their communities. Learn more about the company and its services by visiting www.kuester.com.

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Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time. More information is available at www.kuester.com or @KuesterCompany.

Bryan Kuester
Kuester Management Group

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