> Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I have to pay Association
Fees and what do they cover?
2. What does the Association do?
3. What is a "managing agent" and what
is their authority?
4. What are the Governing Documents?
5. Where can I get a copy of the Governing Documents?
6. What is a deed restriction and why do I have
7. Why do I have to get the Association's permission
for home improvement?
8. What do the Association fees cover?
9. What is the "common area"?
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Q. Why do
I have to pay Association Fees and what do they cover?
A. All owners are required to pay Association Fees by the governing
documents of their Association. The fees may be due annually or
monthly. They fund the operation and maintenance of the common
property and are used to provide services for the benefit of all
owners. Association Fees pay for common area landscape maintenance,
repair and maintenance of pools, playgrounds and equipment, and
they provide for improvements desired by the Association, and
for services to the owners. Top
does the Association do?
A. The Association is a nonprofit corporation managed by a Board
of Directors elected by the owners. The Board is responsible for
the management of the Association's funds, the enforcement of
the deed restrictions, and the maintenance of common area property.
is a "managing agent" and what is their authority?
A. The managing agent is a company that is engaged by the Board
of Directors to provide guidance to the Board, and to implement
the Board's decisions or instructions. Sterling ASI's sole business
is serving Associations as Managing Agent. A managing agent has
no authority except as conferred by the Board of Directors. A
managing agent does not make decisions; it implements the decisions
of the Board. Top
are the Governing Documents?
A. The "Governing Documents" for your association are
the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Declaration of Covenants,
Conditions and Restrictions (or Declaration of Condominium) plus
any Rules and Regulations, Resolutions or guidelines that have
been established by your association. Top
can I get a copy of the Governing Documents?
A. You should have received a full copy at, or prior to, closing
on your home. If you need another set, it is available through
your association and/or its managing agent. Your Governing Documents
are recorded instruments so they are also available through the
County in which your Association is located. Top
is a deed restriction and why do I have to comply?
A. It is part of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and
Restrictions (or Declaration of Condominium) that you agreed to
when you bought your home. Through this document, you agreed to
certain standards of maintenance, upkeep and behavior in order
to make the community as attractive as possible for yourself and
your neighbors, and to maintain or enhance your property values.
When you purchase a home in a deed-restricted community you automatically
agree to comply with the restrictions then in place or that are
properly established. Top
Q. Why do
I have to get the Association's permission for home improvement?
A. This better ensures that your intended improvement meets your
community's standards as set forth in the Governing Documents
and avoids the problems that arise from the construction of improvements
and the use of colors or styles that conflict with others in your
do the Association fees cover?
A. Your Association's fees or "assessments" pay for
the maintenance, repair and administration of the common areas
and facilities of the Association. These can include pools, tennis
courts, recreational facilities, street lights, greenbelts and,
in the case of condominium associations, the actual physical structure
of the building or buildings. Top
is the "common area"?
A. It is the land for the use and enjoyment of the members of
the Association. This includes facilities like pools and playgrounds
in single-family communities and hallways, exercise facilities
and building structures in condominium. Top