Rules, Regulations and Enforcement Procedures
For Unit Owners, Tenants and Guests
This information is being provided as a community guide for association members, their tenants and guests. The association’s rules, regulations and enforcement procedures have been established to ensure and maintain the quality of life and protect property values in the Perkiomen Crossing Community.
Your Primary responsibilities to your neighbors are:
1. To become thoroughly familiar with the rules and regulations
2. To adhere strictly to them
3. To see that family and guests do the same.
No rules can ever take the place of common courtesy and consideration. These rules are intended to promote a harmonious and pleasant living environment. Your anticipated cooperation and assistance is always appreciated.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Statement of Purpose: The role of the homeowners association, of which every owner is a member, is not only to own and manage the open space, but also to conserve and enhance the resources of the entire community. The association accomplishes these functions in a variety of ways, one of which is establishing reasonable rules and regulations as stated in Article VI and IX of the Declaration. The association, through the board of directors, also has the power to establish committees, like the architectural review committee, and the responsibility of enforcing all of the association’s documents.
ABOVE GROUND POOLS
Children’s’ inflatable pools are permitted on private lots. Owners are responsible to repair any lawn damage caused by them.
Hot tubs are permitted on decks provided they are not higher than the railing, and on enclosed patios.
Above ground pools are prohibited from being placed on any portion of a lot or common area.
Only one satellite dish, not more than 1 meter (39.37 inches) in diameter, may be installed per home.
No conventional dipole UHF/VHF antennas and no visible coaxial cables are permitted.
An omni-directional all-in-one mount for UHF/VHF reception (necessary for reception of local network channels is permitted.
The primary and preferred location is on the ground as close as possible to the rear foundation, at least 5’ from an adjoining property line, concealed in a landscaped bed.
The secondary (only if the primary location is not feasible) and less desirable location is on a deck or patio floor within the perimeter of the railing or fence.
The third, and least desirable, location (only in the event the other locations are not feasible) is on the back slope of the roof. If mounted on the roof, brackets must be a least 4’ from any party wall in order to confirm to fire code.
No installation is permitted in the common areas.
If federal regulations change to prohibit satellite dish/antenna installations in developments similar to Perkiomen Crossing Homeowners Association, the board has the right to require the then-current homeowner to remove the dish/antenna at his or her own expense, and to return the area where the installation was made to its previous condition.
No clotheslines, clothes on poles or any outside hanging of clothes or household fabrics shall be permitted.
No unit owner or occupant may obstruct, store, erect or plant anything upon the common elements with the prior consent of the executive board. Any damage to association property caused by any unit owner, their visitors, tenants or pets shall be repaired at the unit owner’s expense.
There shall be no interference with the established drainage pattern over any lot with the property. For the purposes hereof, “established” drainage is defined as the drainage which exists at the time the overall grading of any lot is completed by Declarant.
Fireplaces and chimneys will be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Proof of compliance may be required by the association.
Anything that could endanger the association or private property and/or the welfare of a unit or tenant is prohibited. Barbecue grills are permitted. Grills must be used and stored within the individual lot.
Holiday decorations are permitted but must be removed within thirty days from the holiday.
LEASES AND SALES
No unit may be used for transient or hotel purposes. The term of an original lease may not be for less than one year or for less than the entire unit. The rights of any lessee shall be subject to, and each lessee shall be bound by the covenants, conditions, and restrictions set forth in the Declaration, bylaws, and rules and regulations, and the same shall be made a part of the lease. It is the owner’s responsibility to supply the lessee with a copy of the rules and regulations. Tenants are not permitted to vote and are not required to pay any assessment since the vote and the assessment remains with the lot owner. A copy of the lease must be provided to the association within ten days of execution. Please send to the management office.
In the event of any sale, conveyance, or transfer of a unit, the owner must provide ten days notice prior to the management office in order to confirm transfer of the documents to the new owner and to verify payment of association assessments.
All lots and improvements thereon shall be maintained in a neat, safe, sanitary and attractive condition by the owner of the lot.
The association shall be responsible for grass cutting of all common areas and lots, except that the owner shall be responsible for grass cutting in the area of the lot which has been fenced by the owner.
All toys, bikes, lawn furniture, grills, inflatable pools, etc., must be stored neatly in the rear of the unit during overnight hours.
Additionally, unit owners will be responsible for maintenance of all trees and shrubbery beds contained on their lot and the immediate removal of any dead trees or shrubs.
No noxious or offensive activity (including, but not limited to, the repair of motor vehicles) shall be carried on, in or upon any lot or the common area, nor shall anything be done therein which may be or become an unreasonable annoyance or a nuisance to any other owner.
No loud noises or noxious odors shall be permitted on the property, and the board of directors shall have the right to determine in accordance with the bylaws if any noise, odor or activity producing such noise, odor or interference constitutes a nuisance.
Without limiting the generality of any of the foregoing provisions, no exterior speakers, horns, whistles, bells or other sound devices (other than security devices used exclusively for security purposes), or other items which may unreasonably interfere with television or radio reception of any owner in the property, shall be located, used or placed on any portion of the property, or exposed to the view of other owners without the prior written approval of the architectural review committee.
No nuisance shall be permitted to exist or operate upon any property so as to jeopardize property values or to be detrimental to the well being of members.
Nothing in this provision, however, shall in any manner limit the powers granted by law as may either now exist or are hereafter established in the township with respect to control and abatement of nuisance.
No animals, livestock, reptiles or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred or kept on any lot or common area. Dogs, cats or other commonly accepted household pets may be kept on lots, provided that they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose and, provided further, that no such pet shall be allowed to cause or create any nuisance or other unreasonable disturbance. No owner shall maintain more than two (2) pets unless otherwise approved by the board of directors.
All (i.e. cats, dogs,etc ) pets must be walked on leashes and attended at all times by a person capable of controlling the animal when outside the unit or fenced area.
Pets are permitted to be tied up outside in the rear of the home only. Restraints must keep the pet on the private lot. Owners are responsible for any damage to the lawn area on the lot. Owners are also responsible for any repairs to neighboring properties and common areas damaged by their pets while tied up outside.
Pet owners are required to immediately clean up any waste left behind on private lots or common areas.
The installation of an invisible fence does not absolve the unit owner from obeying all pet owner rules.
Should any animal belonging to an owner be found unattended out of the dwelling, unit or fenced area and not on a leash by a person capable of controlling the animal, such animal may be humanely removed by the association, or a person designated by the association to do so, to an animal shelter at the owner’s expense.
The cost to repair any damage to, or clean up, the common elements shall be charged to the offender (unit owner). All township, county or state pet laws must be obeyed.
Traditional playground equipment, such as could be typically found on a public playground, may be installed only in the rear yard behind the townhomes.
The equipment shall be constructed of pressure-treated wood, cedar, redwood, or plastic. Metal equipment is not permitted.
Equipment is limited to swings, slide and rings. The equipment cannot include a walled –in enclosure or playhouse.
All equipment must be entirely on the private lot, and at least four feet from all property lines.
Owner must maintain the equipment in good appearance and working order at all times.
Owner is responsible for grass trimming around all permanent equipment.
Portable equipment must be removed from lawn areas on grass cutting day.
Neither the association nor the landscaper is responsible for any damage to items left in the yard.
No radio station or short wave operators of any kind shall operate from any lot or dwelling unit unless approved by the board.
Units shall be used for residential purposes only, provided home occupations may be carried on in units if the use is incidental to the unit’s primary residential use, and shall have no employees, customers or clients on the property, and shall not hinder or encroach upon the lawful rights of other unit owners. The term unit owner for the purpose of these rules and regulations shall mean any unit owner, lessee, sub lessee, guest, family member or occupant of any unit and any licensees, invitees, agents, or servants thereof.
No sign of any type shall be displayed on any lot or common area except customary name and address signs. One (1) for sale sign not exceeding nine (9) square feet in size (preferably 30”x30”) may be erected on the owner’s lot.
No lot upon which a unit has been constructed shall be further subdivided or separated into smaller lots by any owner, no portion less that all of any such lot and no easement or other interest therein shall be conveyed or transferred by an owner, provided this shall not prohibit deeds or correction, deed to resolve boundary line disputes and similar corrective instruments.
Collection is provided by the association through a private contractor and should be placed out no earlier than dusk the night before pickup. It should be placed at the curb in front of each unit on collection days in plastic bags or containers with closed lids. Newspapers and boxes are to be tied. Containers must be removed from curbside on the same day as pickup and kept out of sight, preferably in the rear of the unit. If trash is disturbed by animals or pets, it is the unit owner’s responsibility to clean up the mess. If the designated collection day falls on a holiday, trash must be retained indoors until the next regular scheduled day.
No burning or trash, garbage, leaves or refuse shall take place.
No rubbish, trash, or garbage or other waste material shall be kept on any lot or common area, and no odor shall be permitted to arise there from so as to render the property or any portion thereof unsanitary, unsightly, offensive or detrimental to any lot in the vicinity or to its occupants.
No owner or other person shall leave any non-licensed, non-registered or non-operating vehicle on or about any lot, the common areas or an association roadway. Any vehicle in violation will be towed at the expense of the owner.
No owner shall park, store or keep with the property any large commercial-type vehicle including but not limited to dump truck, cement-mixer truck, oil or gas truck, delivery truck and any other vehicular equipment, mobile or otherwise; commercial vehicle is to include any vehicle used in connection with operating a business and contains lettering, pipe racks, ladders, tool boxes or similar items, or any vehicle requiring commercial registration; the above excludes two-axle pick-up trucks and vans up to and including three-quarter (3/4) ton when used for everyday type transportation and subject to approval by the board of directors. Racks, ladders, or other material on an approved vehicle may not overhang the length or width of the truck.
No owner shall park, store or keep within the property any recreational vehicle including, but not limited to, camper unit, motor home, trailer, ATV, snowmobile, boat, mobile home or other similar vehicle for more than twenty-four (24) hours; a vehicle parked or stored less than twenty-four (24) hours may be located in the common parking area so long as it does not obstruct the normal traffic flow.
All motor vehicles shall be maintained in proper operating condition so as not to be a nuisance by virtue of appearance, noise, exhaust emissions or otherwise.
No owner of a lot shall conduct major maintenance, repairs or restoration of any motor vehicle, boat, trailer, aircraft, or other vehicle upon any portion of any lot or upon the common area. All minor repairs shall be completed the same day.
Vehicles must be parked in the driveways or designated parking spaces only. Parallel parking to curbs is not permitted.
All motorcycles with kickstands must have a block of wood under the kickstand in order to prevent asphalt damage.
Any person(s) violating the declaration, by laws or any rules and regulations established for Perkiomen Crossing Homeowners Association will be subject to the following fining procedures:
1. The executive board will notify the unit owner of the violation or violations in writing. The unit will be given seven (7) calendar days to correct or abate the situation, unless otherwise noted.
2. If the violation is not corrected the executive board will impose the following fines:
The unit owner will be notified in writing that has account has been charged and the amount of the charge.
3. If the fine and/or violation is not paid/corrected within ten (10) days, the amount will be repeated every ten (10) days until settled.
4. A unit owner charged with a violation of the declaration, bylaws or rules and regulations of the Perkiomen Crossing Homeowners Association shall have the right to request a hearing by the executive board by submitting such a request in writing to the executive board within ten (10) days of the date of notice of violation.
5. The association reserves the right to amend the above fines at any time without notice. Such amendments shall immediately become binding upon all unit owners and occupants.
6. Any home making an exterior change that requires association approval without first obtaining association approval will receive a $100.00 fine. The home will then have ten (10) days to correct the exterior change or a $25 fine will be imposed, and the $25 fine will repeat itself every ten (10) days until such time as the change has been corrected. The length of time for the $25 fines to begin will be decided on case-by-case basis by the board of directors.
7. Parking in the incorrect parking space. First offense-homeowner will receive an warning letter. Second offense-A $25 fine will be imposed.
WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL OF THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE, UNIT OWNERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO MAKE ANY ALTERATIONS TO ANY ASPECT OF AN EXTERIOR OF AN INDIVIDUAL DWELLING UNIT OR LOT, BY CHANGING THE COLOR, FASCIA MATERIALS, MAKING STRUCTURAL CHANGES, ETC. NO SUCH ALTERATIONS SHALL BE MADE UNLESS APPROVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES ATTACHED.
Alteration requests must include a list of building materials, and a drawing indicating dimensions and location of the deck in relation to the unit.
Decks and patios may not extend more than 15’ from the rear foundation wall.
Shall be limited to the width of the unit, except end units, which may extend past the side wall no more than 4’.
All decks must be constructed with either pressure-treated material or cedar or redwood lumber. Trex is also permitted in the wood accent color of Madeira, or Tamko is also approved in the color of Redwood.
Decks may be treated with a wood color stain, or left in their natural color, but may not be painted.
Railings shall be constructed no less than 36” in height and in conformity to the BOCA and township regulations.
Any exterior lighting must be shielded to prevent glare or annoying emission of light which unreasonably affects any other lot or dwelling unit.
FENCES & PRIVACY SCREENS
Any fence permitted must at least adhere to the following design standards:
· Constructed of wood
· Not more than six feet high
· For privacy and not to define property lines
· Fences may be treated with a wood color stain, or left in their natural color, but may not be painted.
· Harmonious in construction and appearance with the unit and /or deck
· Located in the rear yard
· Shall not extend more than fifteen feet beyond the rear wall of the unit
· Shall be limited to the width of the unit itself
· Owner shall be responsible for maintenance of the grass and landscaping within the fenced-in area
After architectural review committee approval, black wrought iron handrails may be installed along the right side of a service walk when outside looking at front door.
PRIVATE YARD PLANTING AND FLOWERS
No owner shall plant, dig or otherwise alter the landscape beyond 5 feet of a unit foundation or rear patio or deck without approval of the architectural review committee.
All plant material must be well maintained by owners. Annual or perennial flowers may be added in planters or planting beds, as long as they are neatly arranged, do not grow outside the lot or hamper lawn maintenance.
Owner must get approval of style and color from the architectural review committee before replacing roof shingles.
No solar panels or similar installations may be made unless specifically authorized by the architectural review committee.
No picnic or other furniture, ornaments, statues, sculptures, birdbaths, replicas of animals, decorative items or other furnishings shall be placed in front of the rear building line of any unit.
No outbuilding, tent, shack, shed or other building, structure or improvement of any kind shall be placed on any portion of the property either temporary or permanently.
All storm doors must be white, or a color to match the doorframe or shutters.
TOYS, PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, SPORTS EQUIPMENT, ETC
· Play sets may be installed only in the rear yard behind the townhomes.
· Play sets shall be constructed of pressure-treated wood, cedar, redwood, or plastic.
· Metal equipment is not permitted.
· Play sets should be limited to swings, slide and rings.
· The play set cannot include a walled-in enclosure or playhouse.
· Only one play set per home is permitted.
· Basketball goals are prohibited.
· Trampolines of any type are prohibited.
· All equipment must be entirely on the private lot, and at least four feet from all property lines.
· Owner must maintain the equipment in good appearance and working order at all times.
· Owner is responsible for grass trimming around all permanent equipment
· Portable equipment must be removed from lawn areas on grass cutting day
NEITHER THE ASSOCIATION NOR THE LANDSCAPER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO ITEMS LEFT IN THE YARD.
PORTABLE BASKETBALL GOAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Due to the results of a petition that was signed by a majority of the residents, the Perkiomen Crossing board of directors has agreed to amend their decision regarding portable basketball goals in the community with the following guidelines:
· As stated in the petition, the goals would be permitted to be placed on the grass on private lots. Basketball goals in the parking area are permitted in the following locations ONLY. No other locations are permitted: Overflow parking areas on Hunter lane, Overflow parking area on Pin Oak, Overflow parking area on Foxfield Circle, The bottom end of Valley Stream Drive. (A map of these areas is available upon request from the board)
· Prior to installing a basketball goal at the above-approved locations, a registration form must be submitted to the Board. (the form is available upon request from the board)
· The basketball goals may be placed in the approved location(s) from April 1st to November 30th of each year. The owner must remove them from the common ground and store them out of sight on their private lot.
· Owners are responsible for the proper set up, per manufacturer instructions, and for all maintenance and repairs. The association reserves the right to remove any basketball goal that is not kept in proper working order. Within 14 days after the installation of the basketball goal, a copy of the manufacturer’s installation instructions must be sent to the board.
· The name and address of the owner must be posted on the equipment. This to allow the owner to be contacted should the equipment need repair or for any other reason that may become necessary.
· The goals are for the use of the general population, not just the owners
· If vehicles are parked in the designated spaces, the goals cannot be used.
· People using the goals should be considerate of the residents of the surrounding area. Therefore, play is to be limited to late morning through early evening/dusk.
· Any dispute must be settled among the residents. The association is not responsible for people’s behavior.
· The association assumes no responsibility for any damages or injuries due to the use of the basketball goals.
· The owner of the basketball goal must submit and adhere to the following insurance requirements:
o A minimum of $1,000,000 in liability
o Perkiomen Crossing Homeowners Association must be named as additional insured
o The insurance certificate must be received and approved prior to setting up the portable basketball goal.
· Any deviation from these guidelines constitutes non-compliance and therefore removal of the equipment by the association.
Approved fabrics and colors are:
1. Sunbrella – toast #4628 – beige piping
2. Sunbrella – linen #4633 – beige piping
3. Dickson – natural #7133 – beige piping
4. Dickson – beige #7548 – beige piping
5. Dickson – dune #0681 – beige piping
Valance design must be from list that is available from the board upon request.
The awning must have a white aluminum retractable frame with a self storing hood.
Awnings may be manual or motorized
Telescopic support poles are not permitted
Awnings are only permitted at the rear of the home covering a deck or patio area.
Awnings must be installed in accordance with manufacturer guidelines including necessary width requirements to support projected length.
The size of the awning may not exceed the size of the deck or patio that it is covering with a maximum projected length of 11’6” and a maximum width of 20 feet.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
A written awning request must be submitted to the association. The request must include a copy of the contractor’s proposal indication size, options and fabric color. Installation may not occur until the owner receives written approval from the association.
The homeowner is responsible for the full maintenance, repair and proper upkeep of their awning including periodic cleaning if deemed necessary.
The homeowner is liable for any damage to their home, any other home due to the improper use or installation of the awning.
Homeowner must adhere to all manufacturer guidelines with regard to the operation.