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Get Into the Planning Mode!
Reserve Studies and Neighborhood Strategic Planning Are Key Tools for HOAs and Non-organized communities alike. In fact, conducting a Reserve Study is a PRIMARY fiduciary responsibility of a Common Interest Community's board. It has to be done regularly and competently and cannot be ceded to the Property Manager. But all neighborhoods (HOA and non-HOA) can benefit from a comprehensive strategic planning effort. It's the one way to guarantee you and your neighbors will be on top of the wave and make the most out of unfolding events around you.
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Property Covenants vs. Property Codes – When They Say Different Things, Which Rule Applies?
Lately we’ve fielded a number of questions from residents and HOA board members about the differences between “Covenants” and “Property Codes.” Usually questioners wonder which trumps the other when the two seem to be in conflict. Like a lot of things in life, the answer can be both easy and complex at the same time.
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It's Up to You to Care for Pet Waste In and Around the Neighborhood!
Stepping in it is one thing -- but pet waste left haphazardly around the neighborhood causes a serious risk to local water quality. What is more, water quality isn’t the only thing that suffers — your health may be at risk, too. This month's Neighborhood Tips article from the people at the Prince William Cooperative Extension office gives you ideas on how to take care of your best friend's needs without harming neighbors or the surrounding environment.
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Grass season is here again!
Everyone loves a green neighborhood. But when a lawn down the street grows from "lush" to becoming a neglected tall grass nuisance worthy of a citizen complaint, how does the code enforcement process work? What other options are there for neighbors to deal with tall grass nuisances?
FIND OUT MORE about how to get results on Tall Grass & Weeds here.
Neighborhoods and the Aftermath of Summer Storms
Summer and fall "warm weather storms" are as inevitable as the seasons themselves. That is why it is always good practice for neighborhoods to prepare NOW not only for withstanding large warm weather storms, but also for the cleanup efforts that sometimes follow. We've provided some quick tips here to remember in the aftermath of summer and fall storms.
for more on cleaning up after the storm.
for tips from the VA Department of Health on staying safe and healthy after summer storms.
Storm Debris: Whose Responsibility Is It?
The old riddle asks whether a tree that falls in the woods with nobody there to hear it actually makes a sound. More pertinent in our neighborhoods is the practical dilemma that asks who is responsible to clean up the debris when it falls from one person's property onto another's. Here is some information that might help clear things up!
for the a discussion of who is responsible for storm debris cleanup on private properties.