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Rosewall Townehomes Association

ASSOCIATION AND HOMEOWNER

MAINTENANCE DUTIES

 

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The following is a general summary of the duties of the Rosewall Townehomes Association, Inc. (“Association”) and its homeowners regarding building and grounds maintenance issues, and is intended as simple reference guide.  The specific details of the duties are controlled by the Association’s covenants, bylaws, and applicable rules previously approved by the homeowners and the board of directors.  Please contact the Board of Directors (“Board”) if you have any question concerning any of the below matters.

 

1.       GENERAL

1.1.    The Association is responsible for specific repair and maintenance matters caused by ordinary wear and tear to Rosewall buildings and grounds as outlined below (“Covered Maintenance”).  The Association is responsible for the reasonable and normal costs associated with Covered Maintenance, and is not responsible for repairing or maintaining the property above the condition customary for the community or the prior condition of the property, which ever is less.

1.2.    Each homeowner is responsible for regularly inspecting the exterior surfaces, interior surfaces contiguous to exterior surfaces (such as the inside of exterior walls and attics) and grounds surrounding each unit to identify Covered Maintenance needs.  A homeowner must promptly report any Covered Maintenance to the Board using the Association’s Repair Order Form procedure. 

1.3.    A homeowner must take reasonable action to minimize any structural or property damage due to a Covered Maintenance event. 

1.4.    The Association is not responsible for Covered Maintenance not promptly reported to the Board, or damage that homeowner failed to minimize through reasonable action.   The homeowner’s failure to promptly report Covered Maintenance or the failure to minimize resulting damage could result in the Association refusing to cover all or a portion of the costs of maintenance or repair.

1.5.    Homeowners are responsible for maintaining property insurance to properly insure the repair and replacement of their unit in the event of property damage.  The policy should designate the Association as an additional insured.   A homeowner must file an insurance claim to cover the damage to any exterior surface, grounds or other property caused by an insured event (such as a storm or accident). 

1.6.    The Association is not responsible for damage intentionally caused by the homeowner, or any damage caused by anything other than ordinary wear and tear.  If a Covered Maintenance matter is covered in whole or in part by the homeowner’s insurance policy, the Association is entitled to apply the insurance proceeds toward the costs of providing the Covered Maintenance.

1.7.    A homeowner must submit an Architectural Change Form to the Association and obtain approval prior to making any building or grounds change as outlined below.  Failure to obtain advance approval prior to making a building or grounds change as outlined below could result in adverse action by the Association including, in the Association’s reasonable discretion, a fine, requiring the return of the property back to the original status, or requiring the payment of the costs to return the property back to the original status.

2.       BUILDINGS

2.1.    ROOF AND GUTTERS – Repair and maintenance of the roof and gutters are Covered Maintenance including replacement of shingles, shingle paper, and plywood due to normal wear and tear (approximately every 15 to 20 years), the repair of minor leaks, gutter cleaning to remove debris, re-attaching loose gutters and unclogging gutters.    The repair, maintenance and replacement of the exterior and interior of the chimney, attic rafters or other supporting roof structures are not Covered Maintenance and are the sole responsibility of the homeowner.

2.2.    SIDING – Repair and maintenance to exterior surfaces such as trim, brick and siding due to normal wear and tear are Covered Maintenance including 5-year pre-paint repair and painting, the repair of minor leaks, and replacement of rotting siding.

2.3.    VENTS – The repair and maintenance of any vent, duct, pipe or other device protruding from or attached to any exterior surface such as a wall or roof are not Covered Maintenance. All repair, maintenance and replacement are the responsibility of the homeowner.

2.4.    FRONT PORCHES, RAILINGS AND STEPS Repair and maintenance to front porches, porch railings and porch steps are Covered Maintenance including 5-year pre-paint repair and painting, the repairing bricks, and replacement of rotting or broken railings.

2.5.    SIDE AND REAR PORCHES, DECKS, RAILINGS AND STEPS - Repair, maintenance and replacement of any side and rear porch, deck, deck or porch wall, screen porches, porch ceilings, railings, steps and similar structure (“Side and Rear Structures”) are not Covered Maintenance.   All repair, maintenance and replacement of Side and Rear Structures are the responsibility of the homeowner.  However, a homeowner must obtain the permission of the Association prior to making any structural change to any Side or Rear Structure.  As an exception to this section, the Association is responsible for painting as part of the 5-year painting cycle the railings leading from side and back doors and the exterior wall of the unit (where wall is partially enclosed by a screen porch).

2.6.    WINDOWS – Repair, maintenance and replacement of windows and window frames are not Covered Maintenance.  All repair, maintenance and replacement are the responsibility of the homeowner.

2.7.    DOORS AND DOOR FACINGS – Repair, maintenance and replacement of exterior doors, screen doors and door facings are not Covered Maintenance.  All repair, maintenance and replacement are the responsibility of the homeowner.  As an exception to this section, the Association is responsible for painting the wooden door facing surrounding each exterior door as part of the 5-year painting cycle (Note:  painting of each door is the responsibility of the homeowner).  Prior to changing the color, style or type of door, the homeowner must obtain advance permission from the Association.

2.8.    LIGHTS AND LIGHT POSTS – Repair, maintenance and replacement of any exterior porch light unit, lamppost or bulb (“Lighting”) are not Covered Maintenance.   All repair, maintenance and replacement of Lighting are the responsibility of the homeowner.  However, a homeowner must obtain the permission of the Association prior to making any structural change to any porch light or lamp post.

3.       GROUNDS

3.1.    LAWNS – Repair and maintenance of lawns are Covered Maintenance including grass cutting and edging, lawn fertilizing and treatment, leaf removal and related maintenance.  The Association places most of its lawn maintenance focus on the lawn areas visible from Rosewall Lane and Coorsdale Road.  The Association may convert grass areas to flower beds or mulched areas, or vise versa, if in the best interest of the Association.  If authorized in advance, homeowners may provide maintenance to enhance their rear and side lawns.

3.2.    FRONT SHRUBS, PLANTS, TREES AND FLOWER BEDS – Repair, maintenance and replacement of shrubs, flower beds, and trees located in the front of units (located between the street and each unit, or clearly visible from Rosewall Lane or Coorsdale) are Covered Maintenance including mulching, fertilizing and treatment, leaf removal, shrub and tree pruning, weed removal, and related maintenance.  A homeowner may plant flowers or other small plants and make landscaping enhancements within this area if approved in advance by the Association.  The landscape goal of the Association is to maximize the visual appeal of the community and landscape harmony while minimizing the amount of required maintenance.

3.3.    REAR SHRUBS, TREES AND FLOWER GARDENS Repair, maintenance and replacement of shrubs, flower beds, and trees located in the rear of units (located behind units or not clearly visible from Rosewall Lane or Coorsdale) are not Covered Maintenance.  A homeowner is responsible for repair, maintenance and replacement of shrubs, flower beds and trees in the rear area.  A homeowner may plant flowers or other small plants and make landscaping enhancements if consistent with the community’s landscape scheme.  The landscape goal of the Association is to maximize the visual appeal of the community while minimizing the amount of required maintenance and landscape harmony while minimizing the amount of required maintenance.

3.4.    COMMON AREAS – Except for common areas covered above, the Association is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all common areas.

3.5.    PARKING – Parking is only permitted on paved surfaces.  Parking on or driving across the lawn and plant beds are not permitted.  Homeowners whose owners, occupants, visitors or contractors park on or drive through any lawn or plant bed are subject to fine and reimbursement of the costs of repairing the lawn damage. 

3.6.    PARKING PADS, DRIVEWAYS, WALKS AND PAVED SURFACES – Repair and maintenance of parking pads, driveways, brick walks and steps, and paved surfaces located within the common area are Covered Maintenance including sealing, paving, crack filling, and brick repositioning and related maintenance.   Repair and maintenance of parking pads, driveways, brick walks and steps, and paved surfaces not located within the common area (located on the homeowner’s property) are not Covered Maintenance.

3.7.    MAILBOX - The Association is responsible for the repair and maintenance of mailbox structure but the US Post Office is responsible for the keys and locks for each individual mailbox unit.  The mail delivery person can provide additional keys or replace the lock and provide new keys.

3.8.    WATER SYSTEM – The Association maintains community water facets at Unit 100, 107, 113 and 125 for purposes of watering common area plants and lawns.  Homeowners may use one of these connections when watering common areas.  Each connection is located within the ground near the water meters.

3.9.    LANDSCAPE ACCESSORIES – Homeowners may place decorating accessories (“Accessories”) on their front porch or steps if consistent with the general aesthetics of the community in type, design, color and materials and approved by the Association in advance.  Examples of acceptable accessories include discrete doormats and planters located on the front porch.  Homeowners may place Accessories on their back porch or deck if not visible from the neighbor’s deck or porch, or if consistent with the general aesthetics of the community in type, design, color and materials.  No Accessory is permitted on common property or if it obstructs the maintenance of the grounds or building unless approved in advance by the Association. 

 

4.       UNIT INTERIOR, FOUNDATION AND CRAWLSPACE

4.1.    The Association is responsible for establishing, funding and managing a community wide termite inspection and treatment program covering each homeowner’s unit.  The termite services contractor is responsible for providing annual termite inspections, termite control treatment and repairing any structural damage cased by termite infestation pursuant to the terms of the services contract.  Each homeowner must provide the termite services contractor with reasonable access to their crawlspace and garage (if any) for inspection and treatment purposes.  Failure to provide reasonable access or failing to comply with reasonable maintenance requests could result in the loss of benefits for the homeowner under the termite inspection and treatment program, including any service provider warranty.

4.2.    Repair, maintenance and replacement of all unit interior surfaces, structures, systems, equipment, and property (“Interiors”) are the sole responsibility of each homeowner.  Each homeowner is required to keep all Interiors in clean, safe, good working order.  However, a homeowner must obtain the permission of the Association prior to making any structural change to the Interiors.

4.3.    Repair, maintenance and replacement of the foundation and crawlspace are the sole responsibility of each homeowner.  Each homeowner is required to keep the foundation and crawlspace in clean, safe, good working order.  However, a homeowner must obtain the permission of the Association prior to making any structural change to the foundation or crawlspace.

5.       PENALTIES.  Homeowners whose owners, occupants, visitors or contractors violate any of the above provisions are subject to fine, expenses reimbursement for the costs to remedy the violation, and any other penalty as outlined under this document.




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