Haynes Creek HOA

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of the most common inquiries the board and the management company receive on a regular basis. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to Contact Us.

Q: What is a "management company," what do they do, and how do I reach them?

A: 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 at Heritage Property Management or through the information provided in our Contact Us page.

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Q: What is a homeowner's association?

A: 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&Rs, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.

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Q: What are the CC&Rs or Covenants?

A: The Covenants are the governing legal documents that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community as a non-profit corporation. Failure to abide by the covenants may result in a fine to a homeowner by the Association. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed online under Forms.

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Q: What are the Bylaws?

A: 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 under forms on the community web site.

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Q: What is the Board of Directors?

A: 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

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Q: Are there any other rules?

A: 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 Guidelines 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.

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Q: If I am having a problem with a neighbor for a violation of the Policies and Guidelines, what can I do?

A: Should you have a situation that does not appear to be resolved through neighborly means, you may contact the management company. If the situation is deemed in violation of the Policies and Guidelines, the Board of Directors will institute the enforcement policy.

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Q: What is my assessment?

A: The assessment is the annual 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 31st day of January of each calendar year.. Statements will be sent for assessments as a reminder of the amount due.

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Q: How is the amount of my assessment determined?

A: 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.

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Q: Will my assessment go up?

A: There is no concrete answer to this.. 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.

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Q: What happens if I don't pay my assessment?

A: 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 by January 1st, and considered past due by february 3rd. In addition, the covenants allow the Association to charge late charges and interest and proceed with a lien on your property, or foreclosure proceeding for nonpayment of assessments.

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Q: My mailbox is damaged, how do I get it repaired or replaced?

A: You can contact Kathy at Strickland Metalcraft: (770) 732-9391.

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