Community associations are created to provide exclusive benefits to the owners within a specific real estate development. The responsibilities may vary with each community, and are in accordance with the desires of the association members and their elected Board of Directors.
The specific duties and responsibilities of a community association are found within their unique set of governing documents. These governing documents typically consist of:
- Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (also called a Declaration; Covenants; CC&Rs; or Master Deed) - Creates the community association, contains the deed restrictions, establishes mandatory membership and payment of assessments.
- Articles of Incorporation (though some condominiums do not have Articles of Incorporation since many states treat condominiums like corporations) - Sets forth the structure and basic governance of the corporate body.
- Bylaws - Defines how the association is to be operated.
POA Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions 2003
(Includes Amendment to Code of Regulations 2007, pgs. 60 - 62)
Community common areas can be as little as a sign and median strip at the front entrance to a small single-family home community, to as large as a planned community of 25,000 homes which contains extensive green-space (parks, trails), recreational facilities (marinas, clubhouses, pools, tennis courts), streets and parking areas. View our site plan.
Deed restrictions are designed to provide a common standard of conduct for the community, and may define rules concerning the size and number of pets, limitations on parking and types of vehicles, renting of the home, age restriction of residents, business use of the home, and maintaining the appearance of the property.
Architectural control provides the mechanism to ensure that the character and aesthetic harmony of the community is maintained in subsequent years, and protected from a gradual deterioration of standards. Prior to purchasing a home in a community association, a prospective buyer should review the architectural restrictions to ensure agreement with standards.