Any time a homeowner alters any aspect of the physical structure or color appearance of their property, our CC&R’s specify the homeowner may only begin that change or renovation after they have received an approved variance from the Architectural Control Committee. (See CC&R’s, Article V, Section 1. Architectural Approval. (Architectural Control Committee henceforth ACC.)
Homeowners save themselves time, the money of restorative rework, possible fines from The Trails, and in the most extreme cases legal action — by being observant of this simple step.
Legal precedent is very clear — people living in homeowner associations know they are living in homeowner associations, and know they are under the obligation of obtaining approval for proposed changes before making them. So be smart. Be proactive. Get your approved variance request prior to making any property changes.
Even with an item as seemingly insignificant as repainting your home the very same color(s) – cover yourself before covering your walls and trim … get an approved variance, first. You may be surprised to find our ACC members are neighbors who wish to work with you to the greatest degree possible, while preserving our community standards. If they disagree with you regarding your request it’s only because they view your request as beyond the allowable standards.
In such eventuality our CC&R’s provide for you to appeal directly to the board of directors. (CC&R’s, Article V, Section 4. Appeal.) You can then have the satisfaction of knowing your case has receive as wide and as fair a hearing as possible.
A PDF of the Property Variance Request can be found here: Trails Property Variance Request