What is an HOA
A Homeowners Association (HOA) is an organization that is usually created by either a developer or a group of homeowners. The typical purpose for the creation of an HOA is to insure that the community is developed and maintained to certain minimum standards of design and maintenance.
Upon purchase of a home in an HOA, the buyer becomes a member of the HOA organization. Our HOA is known as the Old Dutchtown Home Owners Association. It oversees and maintains the common areas such as the surrounding entrances including flower beds, lakes and fountains, cul-de-sacs and common area fencing. Fees for the Old Dutchtown HOA are based on the maintenance, operation, and improvements costs of common areas and any utilities to operate them.
There are certain principles that are common to almost every HOA:
- HOAs are legal entities that are recognized by the state and are typically formed as non-profits.
- Membership is automatic and mandatory when the property is purchased.
- Fees are assessed to each property owner to operate and maintain the HOA.
- The owners and residents are obligated to comply with the rules and regulations.
- All properties in the development must comply with certain design and maintenance standards.
By joining an HOA, homeowners are expressing their belief that given reasonable expectations for maintenance and construction standards, coupled with a common interest to protect and increase property value, they are able to create and sustain a desirable neighborhood. For an HOA to work, it is necessary for each homeowner to abide by the covenants and restrictions for the betterment of their community. Some potential homeowners may perceive these standards as limiting, and therefore make their decision not to purchase a home in an HOA.
However for a majority of others, participating in an HOA is fully welcomed. They are fully aware that HOA's are established to protect the safety of its residents, maintain property values therein and moreover, the beauty and integrity of our neighborhood for future generations.
We have an annual HOA assessment of $435 due in April to provide the budget for the following year to allow for operating and maintenance expenses accrued by several of the great amenities Old Dutchtown has to offer.
Access to Clubhouse, Pool and Fitness Center
Landscape and Common Ground Maintenance (We have a lot of common ground)
Maintenance of our Fountains
Maintenance of our Ponds
Maintenance on Entrance and some common ground Sprinkler Systems
Maintenance on Entrance and Clubhouse Lighting
Neighborhood Watch Program
Electrical and Water Bills on all areas owned by HOA
When considering a home, Old Dutchtown HOA has a lot to offer its residents!
What are the Old Dutchtown HOA Rules and Restrictions
Membership in an HOA is mandatory. Upon purchasing your home, community documents are presented indicating that you acknowledge and agree to become a member. When you become an owner of property in Old Dutchtown, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations as set forth by the Old Dutchtown HOA governing documents. The purpose of these rules is to provide a basis for protecting the member's equity in Old Dutchtown and to provide a framework within which people can live in a peaceful family friendly neighborhood.
Some of the specifics are:
Enforcing the community's maintenance standards, policies and rules in a fair and diplomatic way.
Protecting, enhancing and promoting the purposes of the Old Dutchtown HOA.
Governing the use of common areas and ponds.
Establishing architectural guidelines and design standards to ensure compliance with the overall design scheme of the community.
Establishing rules for use of all common areas.
Protecting and preserving the property and assets of the HOA and its owners.
Most rules are merely expressions of courtesy and consideration for neighbors and a respect for the investment in our HOA. These rules establish the lifestyle standards of our community. If the idea of enforced maintenance and restricted property usage is not a desirable qualification for a new home purchase, then the potential home buyer should not consider making a move to our community requiring participation in the Old Dutchtown HOA.
To view the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and Bylaws for Old Dutchtown and all of the Amended Additions, you can review them in our MEMBERS only access portion of our site. If you are a resident, please register a login with us.
What are the Homeowner's Responsibilities
Upon purchase of a home in Old Dutchtown, the buyer becomes a member of the HOA organization and agrees with the maintenance and construction standards, coupled with a common interest to protect and increase property value, they are able to create and sustain a desirable neighborhood.
A list of common responsibilities include:
Repair of chipped or faded paint
Mold removal from bricks, siding, sidewalks and driveway
Lawn Care with regular mowings, irrigation or watering
Not leaving grass clippings in streets
Not to throw refuse in drains and ponds
Maintenance of landscaped beds (mulching and removing dead plants)
Maintenance of mailboxes (missing doors, faded, missing numbers)
For pond lot homeowners, you are responsible for care and maintenance along the waters edge.
Street Lights & Pole maintenance are maintained by Entergy. Be sure to give the Address closest to the light post.
What are the Board of Directors Responsibilities
The Board of Directors are generally comprised of 5 to 7 Old Dutchtown elected residents as prescribed by our Bylaws. These residents are annually elected to the board during the Annual HOA Meeting generally scheduled in late March or Early April.
The HOA acts through its Board. Specific powers and responsibilities charged to the HOA and the Board of Directors by our governing documents and State law include, but are not limited to:
- The enforcement of the goals, standards and policies set forth in the governing documents.
- The ability to collect assessments.
- The ownership and maintenance of the common areas and facilities.
- The maintenance of financial stability.
- The purchase of adequate insurance.
- Entering into and supervision of contracts for services.
- Enforcing the community’s maintenance standards, policies and rules in a fair and diplomatic way.
- Protecting, enhancing and promoting the purposes of the Old Dutchtown HOA.
- Governing the use of common areas and lakes.
- Establishing architectural guidelines and design standards to ensure compliance with the overall design scheme of the community.
- Protecting and preserving the property and assets of the Association and its owners.
- The creation and supervision of committees.
The Board of Directors was created to serve the best interest of all property owners and is always available to listen to suggestions, concerns or to answer questions.
How are the Board Meetings conducted?
The Board of Directors and its Members generally meet on a monthly basis with possible exception to November and December. Some meetings are strictly business oriented. Others allow for residents to attend to voice their opinions or address the Board with a need, concern, or issue.
An annual meeting is held to allow residents an opportunity to fully review the state of the community, ask questions, and voice concerns/interests.
If you have a need, concern, or issue you would like to address with the Board, please register or login to contact us via Homeowner Feedback to get on the next open meeting agenda.