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Is there somewhere I can find a complete list of all the homeowners associations in the city or county?

Judy Royal

The short answer is no. There’s no way to comprehensively find out the names of all homeowners associations within a given municipality or county. That’s because not all HOAs are required to be incorporated, and those that aren’t do not have to register anywhere.

Here’s what the law says about HOAs:

For a lot owners’ association, which is for a neighborhood of single-family homes as opposed to condominiums, every HOA must be organized as a nonprofit corporation with the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State. Technically you’d be able to find all of these in the Secretary of State’s records, but there is no way in the online system to search them by type of corporation or geographic area. It could be worth a call to the corporations division to see if they file records that way, but even if they did you still wouldn’t have a comprehensive list because a condominium unit owners’ association can either be a profit or nonprofit corporation or an unincorporated nonprofit association. If the organizing group decided to save money and remain unincorporated, it would not be required to file with the Secretary of State, although some unincorporated nonprofits still do.

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