New Landscape Rules, New Property Manager, New School Year

Back to schoolChange is inevitable. It isn’t just the children facing change these days, as a new school year begins, and 2014 draws to a close. Chatham Court has a new Xeriscape policy, new residents, and a new property manager. Our website can be a great source for information on past newsletter, current rules, and good communication for our neighborhood.

With several new rules and government regulations coming our way, notifications are a good way to keep everyone on the same page. As our new property manager, Walter Solo, begins work, residents may receive notification of needed changes in the next few weeks or months.



Community needs are the priority. As Spock said, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few–or the one.”

That is true for Chatham Court. Our rules are designed to maintain all of our property values, so that when we each need to sell our house, it will have appreciated, rather than depreciated. Notification of the need to change to comply with a rule is not meant to be unfriendly or demanding. It is meant to keep Chatham Court functioning according to our governing documents.

Any resident may participate in the governance of the community. Opportunities to volunteer time and energy abound. No resident is required to donate time to the work of the community. However, those who do so are responsible to act in the interests of the community as a whole. That is why the rules ought to be enforced, according to the law and our rules.

Communication and enforcement. A warning letter notifies residents when something is out of alignment with the standards set in our governing documents. If an issue is not corrected within thirty days of the warning letter, a hearing letter may be sent to inform residents of the right to explain why an issue cannot reasonably be corrected, or why the correction of a problem will take more than thirty days. If a resident does not make a reasonable case for delay of enforcement of rules, thirty days after a hearing letter a fine letter will inform the resident that a $100 fine is being applied monthly until the problem is corrected.

Worst case scenario. If those measures fail to achieve results, a lien may be placed on a home so it cannot be sold without paying all fines and fees. A resident could even be subjected to foreclosure proceedings, such as in extreme cases where neighbors’ home values are negatively impacted by significant maintenance or landscaping issues. This is the worst case scenario. Chatham Court has never authorized a foreclosure, but it is a possible recourse to safeguard the interests of the community as a whole when a resident refuses to comply with rules in a significant way.

Disliking community rules is not a reasonable argument for not following them, nor is difficulty in paying for needed repairs or required changes an acceptable reason. We are all equally responsible to do our part while maintaining residence here. We all have a legal obligation to invest more of our time and money in maintaining our homes than those who live outside of gated communities. Hospitalization, other emergency situations, and other temporary obstacles may be good reasons to delay enforcing rules, although an indefinite delay is not reasonable even in those circumstances.

Greater enforcement of our rules may be a surprise to long time residents, and every effort is being made to communicate that the way things were is not the way things will necessarily continue. It is extremely important that we all remember we are neighbors. Our purpose in enforcing the rules is not to harass each other or cause hardship when that can be avoided.

Communicate and you will be heard. Anyone who feels they are being treated unjustly or unreasonably should email, or text 661-992-3581 immediately.