We have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand more about living in a planned community. It's important to know the answers and we are here to help you.
It’s a complex topic, which is why you use ACRI Community Realty to help with navigating the process and handle day-to-day operations. However, some questions arise more than others, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
It is a non-profit corporation registered with the State and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the legal documents: CC&R's, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed online within the member page of this site. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.
The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's) are the governing legal documents 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 a fine to a homeowner by the Association
Association dues are collected from each property owner within the community to support the community's day-to-day operation. An annual budget is established based on these dues to determine the association's ability to pay its bills. These dues enable the association to pay for applicable services such as landscaping, pond maintenance, street light maintenance, pool maintenance, clubhouse maintenance, social events, common area maintenance and repairs, and so forth.
Check your association guidelines and then submit an architectural improvement or alteration request form for any upgrades, alterations, or changes. This will ensure that you have any requests on record as approved changes while keeping the community beautiful.
The Bylaws are the guidelines for the operation of the non-profit corporation. The Bylaws define the duties of the various offices of the Board of Directors, the terms of the Directors, the membership's voting rights, required meetings and notices of meetings, and the principal office of the Association, as well as other specific items that are necessary to run the Association as a business.
The Homeowner's Association again is a corporation and therefore a governing body that is required to oversee its business. The resident members are elected by the homeowners at the Association's Annual Meeting.
If residents cannot resolve a situation between themselves, then turn to your Association. Should you have a situation that does not appear to be resolved through neighborly means, and you are willing to actively participate in the enforcement provided by the Policies and Guidelines, you may complete a Covenant Violation form online. The Violation Form may be found within the e-forms page on this site. If the situation is deemed in violation of the Policies and Guidelines, the Board of Directors will institute the enforcement policy. Your continued assistance may be required.
Yes in general. Notice of the time and place of any regular board meeting will be noted in the community newsletter, minutes or contact your property manager.
Volunteers are always welcome! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact a board member or your property manager.
Hiring an elite community property management company like Acri Community Realty is extremely beneficial for any HOA. ACRI is here to assist your Board and help them make decisions and assist with the running of your homeowner association.
Choosing the right management company can make or break your Association. At Acri Community Realty, our staff provides the customer service you need to operate your community smoothly.