What You Should Consider When Evaluating HOA Access Control Systems

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You can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of residents in an HOA-governed community—whether it’s a condominium or a single-family master planned community. Having a reliable HOA access control system is just one of the many measures to ensure the security of every resident. It can put the minds of potential homebuyers at ease knowing that your community puts safety first.

While an HOA access management system streamlines the process of providing access into the community as well as into a property’s amenities, not all systems are built the same. If you are a property manager or sitting on the HOA board, here are some things you should consider when evaluating a gated community access control system that works best for your property and its residents.

4 Important HOA Access Control Considerations

The best community gates and security solutions like an HOA access control must have a wealth of security features. Access controls come in many forms, including the use of transponders, smartphones, key fobs, proximity cards, and remote controls, among others. But whichever you choose, you must make sure that it has the following:

Gives You Peace of Mind

Your access control must be, first and foremost, reliable. Residents in your gated community must be able to access their homes and amenities without issue, so they can feel safe knowing that they can rely on it to prevent unauthorized access from outsiders. The system should also support frequent use without load disruption, especially when working with high-traffic gates. Furthermore if access control hardware fails for example automatic gate operators, the company that handles the management of the gates must be able to respond quickly and understand what’s happening via the software.

Must Help You Enforce the Rules

Access control should help you enforce HOA rules quickly and without delay. The system must prompt you on any violation, whether it’s sneaking in the pool in the middle of the night, littering, vandalism, or unauthorized access to restricted areas. As an HOA, you’re judged by your ability to act in your community’s best interests and enforce these rules.

Allows You to See Potential Security Issues

Access control must also be able to provide insights on potential security concerns. The HOA board can then use these insights to implement the necessary preventive measures. For example, excessive gate usage or unusual activity at specific locations may alert you to break-in attempts. Being able to see anything outside of “normal” will help you fix security concerns before they even get a chance to get out of hand. 

Helps You Account for Every Resident

Access control must also account for the activities of residents. There are times when some residents might be restricted from accessing specific amenities due to nonpayment, and it’s up to the access control system to automatically limit their access. At the same time, access control must also grant unrestricted access to authorized residents. After all, the less time and effort you spend on managing and maintaining access control, the more you can focus on the things that matter.

Secure Access Control Creates a Secure Environment

Ensuring that your gated community is safe and secure requires cloud-based residential security solutions that can look into every facet of a property’s security. This is our specialty here at Proptia, and you can learn more about our services by booking a demo today.

Are you a property manager or HOA board member looking to upgrade your community access control systems ? Learn more about Proptia’s features by booking a demo with one of our consultants.


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