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A management company is contracted by the Board of Directors to provide such services as: Collection of assessments, 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. The management company may be reached online through the Management Office page on this website or by phone from the numbers listed on the Contact Us page on this site.
A homeowner association (HOA) is a corporation originally formed by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling of homes and lots in a residential subdivision. It grants the developer privileged voting rights in governing the association, while allowing the developer to exit financial and legal responsibility of the organization, typically by transferring ownership of the association to the homeowners after selling off a predetermined number of lots. Membership in the homeowners association by a residential buyer is typically a condition of purchase; a buyer isn’t given an option to reject it. Most homeowner associations are incorporated, and are subject to state statutes that govern non-profit corporations and homeowner associations.
The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are the governing legal documents that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community as a non-profit corporation. The CC&Rs 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&Rs may result in a fine to a homeowner by the Association. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed online within the Resource Center page of this site.
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 Bylaws for the association may be viewed online within the Resource Center page of this site.
The Homeowner’s Association again is a corporation and therefore a governing body that is required to oversee its business. The Board of Directors is elected by the homeowners, or as otherwise specified in the bylaws. The limitations and restrictions of the powers of the Board of Directors is outlined in the Association governing documents found within the Resource Center page of this site.
Most associations have developed Rules and Regulations as provided for in the CC&Rs 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 Standards 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 a fine. 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 be fined for the violation. For more information about this topic visit the Resource Center page of this site.
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 Standards. If the situation is deemed in violation of the Policies and Standards, the Board of Directors will institute the enforcement policy. Your continued assistance may be required.
The Committees page of this website will inform you of the status of current committees organized and committee contact information. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Management Office or visit one of the committee/advisory group meetings to learn more.
The assessment is the periodic amount due from each homeowner to cover the operating expenses of the common area and provide for reserve funds for replacement of common facilities in future years. Your assessments are due on the first of the month. Statements will be sent for assessments as a reminder of the amount due.
The Department of Real Estate typically requires an initial budget from the developer for each community that a developer proposes to build. This budget is set upon specific guidelines for utilities, landscaping, administration, etc. Reserve funds are monies set aside for future expenses due to the life expectancy of certain items: lighting, street resurfacing, pool equipment, etc. These amounts are then divided by the number of units built in a given phase of the development. Subsequent budgets are developed by the Board of Directors and adjusted periodically to meet anticipated expenses.
There is no concrete answer to this. Typically the Civil Code provides for annual increases, but not to exceed 20 percent per year without the vote of the membership. The Board of Directors may approve an increased budget, increasing your assessment up to this percentage in order to cover increased costs of operating and maintaining the common area and sufficient reserve funds.
The maintenance and management services incurred by the Association are dependent upon timely receipt of the assessments due from each homeowner. Late payments will result in a late charge as assessments are due on the first of the month. In addition, the CC&Rs allows the Association to charge late charges and interest and proceed with a lien on your property, or foreclosure proceeding for nonpayment of assessments.
All trash cans and storage items shall be moved to an area from which they are not visible from the streets, common area or other lots promptly after collection days and shall not be permitted to remain in view for more than a 24-hour period.
Yes, an owner is allowed to rent his/her home subject to the CC&Rs and Community Rules, including the following conditions: No owner is permitted to lease their lot for a period of less than 30 days. No owner may lease less than the entire lot. “Renting individual rooms” is not permitted. Owners must notify Management when leasing their property and provide resident information and a copy of the lease. Owners must provide contact information to owners of property adjoining their own.
Owners leasing their home retain their membership in the Association and full the use of all common facilities of the Community. After December 8, 2008 owners were no longer allowed to assign their rights to use of the common facilities to their tenants. Non-resident owners are permitted to use common area facilities (Clubhouse).
Garages are solely to be used for the parking and storage of cars. Boats or similar vehicles are permitted within a garage as long as they do not displace resident’s vehicles onto the driveway or street. Garages shall be kept clear so as to permit the parking of the number of vehicles for which the garage was designed. Garages are not to be converted for any type of living or recreational activities. No trailers, boats camper, or other recreational vehicles shall be permitted to remain within the Community unless placed and maintained entirely out of view.
Portable basketball standards shall be permitted but must be lowered and stored out of sight when not in use. In addition, no basketball standards, hoops or backboards or other fixed sports apparatus shall be permitted to be permanently installed upon any house, garage or other residential building in the Community.
No vendor advertising signs are permitted in the Community.
Any alterations, additions or modifications made to the exterior of your lot require prior approval from the Architectural Control Committee before any work begins. This includes landscaping visible from the street or common area, buildings, fence, wall, screen, awning or structure of any kind, exterior painting, shed, spas, pools, etc. An added reminder: the Association’s governing documents require that backyard landscaping must be installed within 120 days from close of escrow. An Architectural Change Request Application may be obtained from management or online from our Resource Center.
RV’s cannot be parked on any lot where they are visible to the street – in other words, they can only be parked in the garage. Please see Section 8.06 of the CC&R’s
Creekside at Natomas is NOT a part of Natomas Park and there is no way for those folks to become a member of the Natomas Park Master Association, not even for a fee.
If all the spaces in your garage are taken by cars, then you may park in the driveway but under no circumstances are residents of Natomas Park permitted to park on the street.
Any improvements (including room additions) must be approved by the Architectural Control Committee prior to the commencement of work. For information on the application process, please the Community Manager at (916) 925.9200