HOAs, or homeowners’ associations, are a staple of suburban America. In the U.S. in 2015, there were 338,000 associations, covering 26.2 million residences, according to the Community Associations Institute. But first off, who exactly is an HOA? Also, what do they do? And when can they force you to make changes to your property? Where do they have jurisdiction? And finally, why even have a homeowners’ association? I’m answering all those questions for you today in an HOA crash course!