Do HOA Changes Have to be Recorded to be Valid?

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‘Are additions and/or changes to an HOA’s original CC and R’s valid if they are not recorded at the County Recorder’s Office?’Most CC&Rs have provisions for how they are amended. I would look at those rules first. If they require amendments be recorded, then they must be recorded.

Question: If the CC&Rs themselves are silent, you’ll have to look to the laws of your individual state. If CC&Rs are required to be recorded (as I believe they are in most states), then I would certainly expect amendments to be recorded, too.
However, keep this in mind: If there are amendments that are otherwise valid-that is, everything except recording has been done-then all the HOA would have to do is walk the amendment in to the Recorder’s office and pay the fee.