> Frequently Asked Questions
What is a management company and what do they do?
A management company is contracted by the Board of Directors to provide such services as:
Collection of dues, supervision of subcontractors, obtaining bids for subcontracted services,
providing financial statements and collection reports, as well as a general clearing house for problem
solving, communications with homeowners and the Board of Directors and to serve in an advisor capacity.
The management company reports directly to the Board and all decisions are made by a majority vote of the
Board of Directors.
What is the Declaration?
The Declaration is the document that establishes an association. It defines what makes up a unit,
common and limited common elements and is the collection of covenants imposed on the property
to provide for the power, authority, and responsibility of the association in making and enforcing rules,
and the obligation of each owner to share on some basis the funding of the costs of the association's
What are the CC&R's?
The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's) are the governing legal documents in a
homeowners association that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community as a
non-profit corporation. The CC&R's were recorded by the County Recorder's office of the county in
which the property is located and are included in the title to your property. Failure to abide by the
CC&R's may result in an enforcement assessment to a homeowner by the association.
Are there any other rules?
Most associations have developed Rules and Regulations as provided for in the Declarations,
CC&R's and adopted by the Board of Directors. Rules are established to provide direction to the
homeowners for common courtesies with regard to parking, vehicles, pets and pool use hours, etc. In
addition, your Association will adopt Architectural Guidelines with procedures for submitting requests
to make exterior changes to your home. Such changes may include patio covers, decks, landscaping,
exterior color changes or extensive interior changes and additions. These rules and guidelines are set
up to maintain the aesthetic value and integrity of the community on behalf of all owners, and hopefully
protect the market value of your investment as well. Violations of these rules may result in action by
the Board of Directors and an enforcement assessment. In addition, if you proceed with an exterior
improvement or change, without written approval of the Board of Directors, or Architectural Committee,
as applicable, you will be required to remove or correct the alteration and/or have a enforcement
assessment given to you for the violation.
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