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Old 12-20-2007, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I've done a quick serch on this board and haven't really seen what I am looking for, so I'll ask. If it has been asked before, I apologize.

I'm looking to buy a house within the next year or so and I'm not totally against the idea of having an HOA, but I'm not sold on the idea either.

What are some of the more common rules that one might have to see with an HOA? What are some of the more bizzare or uncommon rules you might have seen?

This is new to me since I have never owned in an HOA community. I'm not realy concerned with dues, since I know they'll be applied to the common areas (hopefully ).

Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2007, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I've done a quick serch on this board and haven't really seen what I am looking for, so I'll ask. If it has been asked before, I apologize.

I'm looking to buy a house within the next year or so and I'm not totally against the idea of having an HOA, but I'm not sold on the idea either.

What are some of the more common rules that one might have to see with an HOA? What are some of the more bizzare or uncommon rules you might have seen?

This is new to me since I have never owned in an HOA community. I'm not realy concerned with dues, since I know they'll be applied to the common areas (hopefully ).

Thanks.
In our subdivision here is a few

vehicles,… , commercial vehicles of any kind
]operated by a member of the household occupying
the dwelling on lot, and any boats and boat
trailers shall not be parked on the street or within
the front or side street setback lines

The Owner shall maintain
the grounds and the improvements
situated on each lot, including but not
limited to, plantings, landscaping and
lawns, at all times, in a neat and attractive
manner satisfactory to the
BOD of the Association. PLEASE REMEMBER
THAT THIS MEANS YOU
NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN.
WEEDS ARE NOT CONSIDERED
LAWN. PLEASE TRY TO MAINTAIN

Each owner shall keep his lot in an orderly
condition and shall keep the improvements
thereon in a suitable state of repair..."

."…Mobile house trailers, on or off wheels,
vehicles, or enclosed bodies of the type which
may be placed on or attached to a vehicle,
know generally as "campers", commercial vehicles
of any kind operated by a member of the
household occupying the dwelling on lot, and
any boats and boat trailers shall not be parked
on the street or within the front or side street
setback lines, and in addition, shall be parked
under cover and within a carport, garage or
other shelter "approved by the Architectural
Control Committee as to location and appearance,
and no such vehicles or trailers may be
occupied while parked on any lot…"

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Old 12-20-2007, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I've done a quick serch on this board and haven't really seen what I am looking for, so I'll ask. If it has been asked before, I apologize.

I'm looking to buy a house within the next year or so and I'm not totally against the idea of having an HOA, but I'm not sold on the idea either.

What are some of the more common rules that one might have to see with an HOA? What are some of the more bizzare or uncommon rules you might have seen?

This is new to me since I have never owned in an HOA community. I'm not realy concerned with dues, since I know they'll be applied to the common areas (hopefully ).

Thanks.
Common rules are types/heights of plants you can plant in your yard, type of fencing, things on your windows (no reflector stuff, no sheets, etc,), colors and location of play sets and other structures (e.g. patio furniture), rules on pets, noise limits, parking of vehicles, use of common areas, speed limits, where you put your trash cans, accumulation of unsightly stuff in front of your house are some.

Last edited by BagongBuhay; 12-20-2007 at 11:58 AM.. Reason: spelling
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:28 PM
 
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PLEASE REMEMBER[/font]
THAT THIS MEANS YOU
NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN.
WEEDS ARE NOT CONSIDERED
LAWN.
PLEASE TRY TO MAINTAIN



That's too funny.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:24 PM
 
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Ours requires approval from the "architectural" committee to make any change to the exterior of your home which includes house color, shutters and even a flagpole. I've found this particular rule inhibits people from making their property decor unique and/or departing from the very quickly fading builder beiges, tan and whites w/cheap vinyl black or dk green shutters.

I OTOH didn't think paint color was included in the loosely worded document and painted a warm yellow with cranberry door and matching OMG batten board shutters. All the neighbors stopped by to compliment it and to ask if the committe actually approved the color ... I did have to write a mea culpa and actually asked for permission to install my fence. They waited 59 days to respond to spank me since the HOA documents specifies if they don't respond in 60 day - consider your request approved.

BTW - we have no pools or common area, they just pay for our gas lanterns and sign maitenance so the fee is low. This is our first experience with a HOA (we've owned homes in MA and CA) and it's been ok. Just make sure you read your document.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
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Here are some of our subdivision rules:

House colors and exterior changes must be approved by the architectural board.
Tree removal must be approved if over a certain trunk diameter.
fencing regulated (no privacy fencing)
dogs must be leashed
For sale signs (must be ordered from maintenance - grey wood signs that blend into the envronment.
No brochure boxes on homes for sale
etc, etc.

Sounds strict but it maintains a very nice community.
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Wantagh to Waxhaw
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Arrow touched a sore spot!

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PLEASE REMEMBER
THAT THIS MEANS YOU
NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR LAWN.
WEEDS ARE NOT CONSIDERED
LAWN. PLEASE TRY TO MAINTAIN

Does Green stuff ( I think it is Grass ) with MANY patches of Dirt, mean maintained?

Yea, I know we have a water shortage, but if you had grass there, it would still be there, (just dead or dormant)

Just ranting and raving about things I see ....
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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There is no lawn that I am aware of in our community that has that issue with dirt patches. Our grass is still rather green I guess it due to all the trees and my home doesnt face the east & west sunlight. The covenant also mentions that the yard must be edged by the street and driveway but I think our neighborhood is more keeping their yard up to compete against the Jone's than HOA.

A friend of mine just moved in the neighborhood two streets up and he recieve his first HOA compliant letter over garbage bags that a remodeling crew put on the front lawn.

Spanky if you want to see what Covenant rules look like click this link it provides all what I must abide to.
http://cedarfieldplantation.com/covenant.htm
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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I think it depends, at least to a degree, on how much of a life your neighbors have. Ours call on anyone once their grass reaches 0.1 in over required height and they drive around with video cameras on the weekends.
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Here are some of the quirkier rules DH and I have been subjected to over the years:

In a condo where we did short term rental: no flags or decorations of any sort on doors or decks; all hanging baskets had to be green pots and only two types of hanging basket plants were allowed - ferns or fuschia; no moving vans or trucks on premises overnite

In a resort community where we own property: all repairs have to be made by a licensed contractor and a copy of the contractor's license must be submitted to the Board b/f repairs can begin (note: this is for repairs); homeowners are not allowed to make repairs themselves - no DIY on your own property unless you have received permission from the Board; no painting can be done w/o Board review (including re-painting the same color); no noise after 5 pm on Friday, including leaf blowers, lawn mowers, hammering; no faux stone can be used anywhere on the property; no lawn art of any type, including fountains, unless approved by the Board

Former HOA: only shake or tile roof allowed; only 2 dogs allowed, under 35 lbs - only one dog allowed over 35 lbs; no cars parked along curbside overnite; no storage buildings; boats only allowed in houses that have 3 car garage; no children's toys, bikes, sports equipment to remain on lawn overnite

Those are just some of the things I thought were a bit restrictive
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