Q: What is HOA?
A: HOA is an acronym for “Home Owner Association.”
Q: How much are my HOA dues?
A: HOA annual dues for 2020 are $150.00
Q: Are new homeowners responsible for prior dues?
A: In Florida, homeowners’ association liens are governed by Sec. 720.3085, Florida Statutes. The statute makes the new owner “jointly and severally” liable for unpaid assessments. The statutes specifically provide that:
Sec. 720.3085(2)(a): (2)(a) A parcel owner, regardless of how his or her title to property has been acquired, including by purchase at a foreclosure sale or by deed in lieu of foreclosure, is liable for all assessments that come due while he or she is the parcel owner. The parcel owner’s liability for assessments may not be avoided by waiver or suspension of the use or enjoyment of any common area or by abandonment of the parcel upon which the assessments are made. (b) A parcel owner is jointly and severally liable with the previous parcel owner for all unpaid assessments that came due up to the time of transfer of title. This liability is without prejudice to any right the present parcel owner may have to recover any amounts paid by the present owner from the previous owner. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “previous owner” shall not include an association that acquires title to a delinquent property through foreclosure or by deed in lieu of foreclosure. The present parcel owner’s liability for unpaid assessments is limited to any unpaid assessments that accrued before the association acquired title to the delinquent property through foreclosure or by deed in lieu of foreclosure.
Q: What are the HOA dues used for in Hartsfield Village?
A: HOA dues are used, as required by the covenants and restrictions, for the improvement and maintenance of the roads and common areas, as wells as streetlights, all signage, and other costs necessary to maintain the Association.
OTHER HELPFUL FACTS FOR LIVING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
COMMUNITY MEETINGS: Signs will be placed at the front entrance notifying you of these events. You are encouraged to participate in the decisions affecting your community.
BOARD MEETINGS: Board meetings are held at least quarterly, on the third Monday of the month. Annual membership meetings are typically held in the first quarter of the year. Both are in person at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church located at 2201 Old Bainbridge Road. Additional detail are posted on the home page.
SPEED LIMIT: Our streets are narrow and are often congested with pedestrians, pets, children playing and cyclists. Please observe the 15 MPH Speed Limit. Law Enforcement will be called concerning repeat violators without notice or warning.
RESPECT EVERYONE’S TIME OF REST: Disturbing the peace is illegal. (Breach of Peace, Florida Statute 877.03). We recognize that some resident’s work or school schedules may be varied and late nights are inevitable. We hope you will remember that slamming of doors and the use of loud stereos in the middle of the night can be especially disturbing where there are people trying to sleep and who have to rise early for work or get children to school. If you have an outside dog and you cannot get him/her to stop, you are responsible for maintaining the peace by employing the best remedy for your household.
Law Enforcement will be called without hesitation or warning.
RESIDENT AND GUEST PARKING: We fully recognize that you may occasionally have many guests visiting your home simultaneously, as we all do from time to time. In that regard, to avoid towing misunderstandings, monitor their parking in the neighborhood to insure that they are not blocking the street in any way. No Parking in the Street/Asphalt – If a vehicle is parked in the street/asphalt or partially on the street/asphalt it is subject to being towed at any time at the owner’s expense, see HOA Towing Policy.
LANDLORDS: You must provide adequate parking for the household renters while balancing the aesthetics of the community. This may mean renters may have to park their car in the garage to accommodate family and guests. Very few homes are oriented on the lot such that it will not afford any front lawn parking; therefore, please consider not allowing parking on the front lawn as much as possible by designating parking along the perimeter of your property off the street.
Your tenants are your responsibility and you must keep them informed of HOA rules and policies. Tenants and/or their guests that are repeated violators or create disturbances in the community are unacceptable. Please note, you will be held accountable for their actions. You may be notified by the HOA and/or TPD each time Law Enforcement is called out to your property.
NON-WORKING VEHICLES: Non-working vehicles with or without a valid tag are against City and County Ordinance and must be removed immediately. Backing the vehicle into your driveway will not exempt you from this city ordinance. You may store non-working vehicles and vehicles without a tag in your garage or backyard, but not visible from the street.
TOWING: The HOA towing policy was created in 2016 and is attached. Board members should be contacted to request towing. Any questions or requests can be send to the Board via phone or email.
TRASH & RECYCLING CONTAINERS:
TRASH PICKUP DAY: Trash is collected on Tuesdays mornings. Per City of Tallahassee Code, all Trash and Recycling Containers must be rolled back by within 24 hours of trash pick-up. See the updated Rules and Regulations document for further information.
LITTERING/DUMPING/YARD TRASH: Per City Ordinance, yard clippings must not exceed the length and diameter requirements. If you will be doing massive brush clearing or tree trimming, you may call the City of Tallahassee to schedule a special pickup. Due to safety issues, you may not at anytime place your clippings in the street or in a way that will block other driver’s line of sight. See the updated Rules and Regulations document for further information.
HOME AND YARD MAINTENANCE: First impressions count! We aim to be the best looking working class neighborhood in Leon County. That means as one drives through the community, they will see well maintained modest homes and yards. While City Ordinance regulates open storage, broken down fences, unkempt lawns, your HOA encourage every homeowner to make their home from the street as attractive as possible.
This means pressure washing the home and pavement as needed, trimming shrubs and trees, repairing broken fences, cleaning gutters, and keeping the lawns green and cut on a regular basis. During the growing season, you may need to cut your grass at least once every 2 weeks and in the winter, apply weed control treatments to minimize weed bloom.
You are also reminded that our community has abundant wildlife, such as frogs, snakes, turtles, possums, squirrels and other critters who love our homes as much as we do. By maintaining your property, you are ensuring that these populations are kept to a minimum.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Crime is always opportunistic and harder to eradicate once it has been tolerated and allowed to take root. Please report suspicious or illegal activity to the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200 or by calling 911. You do not need nor are required to give your name and the police do not have to stop and knock at your door.
LITTER: If you see litter in your yard or in the street, please pick it up regardless of whether it is yours or not. This helps keep our working class neighborhood clean and attractive. If you suspect that the trash collection trucks are causing the problem, please contact the City of Tallahassee Solid Waste Division and report the incident.
FRONT ENTRANCE: We have worked very hard to make the first impression of Hartsfield Village III an attractive one. Parents waiting with their children at the school bus stop must pull completely off the street and encouraged not to litter. The Homeowner’s Association requests that you please remove your signs for Yard Sales, Lost Animals, etc, when they are no longer needed.
FOR RENT/SALE SIGNS: These signs are allowed in the yard of the property to be rented and at the corners of interior streets to provide direction. Please do not place them at the entrance to the neighborhood. They will be removed.
SOLICITING: To encourage safety of our residents, individuals and groups are prohibited from going door to door peddling wares of any kind at any time.