107. Isn’t it true that I don’t have to join my HOA membership because it’s voluntary?

You voluntarily, without duress, purchased WV property, e.g. lot/home, in an association, a planned community.

Your property value includes your right to access the commonly owned amenities in your association.

Your individual DEED and any restrictions recorded against your land control.

Typically, your DEED states the association’s name, location, and any restrictions that run with the land you’ve purchased.

You are automatically a member in  your association.

NOTICE:  West Virginia associations developed prior to 1986 follow the WV Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act §36B, with some exceptions. Optional membership is not listed as an exception. The association also follows the WV Nonprofit Corporation Act §31E.

also see FAQ #18