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Understanding your Lease Agreement.

Country View Rules and Regulations

shutterstock_108354902The resident, their family, and guests shall have due regard for comfort, and enjoyment of the other residents, their families, and guests in the building:  No musical instruments, radio, television, or compact disc/tape playing are to be played at any time in such a manner as to create an annoyance or disturbance. Lee County Noise Ordinance is from 10:00 PM until 8:00 AM. While the Lee County Police Department will enforce noise violations during these hours, we will enforce noise violations at any time.

No materials, bicycles, motorcycles, garbage, trash, or other paraphernalia shall be allowed outside the building.  Combustible substances are not to be stored inside or outside of the apartment. If trash or other debris (including cigarette butts) is left outside, maintenance will dispose of it and you will be fined $25 per bag/item.    Additionally, if you fail to place your trash inside the dumpster you will be fined $25 per bag.

Unfortunately our insurance forbids use of the following on property:  Skateboards, scooters, skates.

No pets shall be allowed to occupy premises unless provided for in the lease agreement and pet fee paid.

Pets are not allowed in the laundry rooms, fitness center, pool or playground areas (where applicable).  Residents are responsible for cleaning up pet waste and for keeping their pet on a leash at all times they are outside.   Violators will be fined $50 per occurrence and may lose their right to keep pet on property.

No clothing or other materials are to be washed or dried in such a manner so as to be conspicuous to other residents or other persons in the area. Clothing is not to be left on balconies, patios, lanais, or common areas.

Management reserves the right to enter any apartment to protect or inspect the property upon notifying the resident if at home; otherwise, without notice.

Management shall not be liable for any damages to resident’s property, arising from leaking or overflowing of plumbing installed in the buildings or resulting from acts of negligence of other occupants of the buildings nor for any personal property stolen from the apartment or any other part of the building, pool area, automobiles, etc.

Waterbeds are NOT allowed without proper insurance.

No painting shall be done, alterations made, nor outside television or radio antennas be installed without the consent of management.  Small nails may be used to hang pictures.  Adhesive stickers cannot be used under any circumstances.

Large decorations, including plants, shall NOT be permitted outside in front of the apartment.  Small seasonal decorations are permitted.

Additional locks shall not be put upon any door without the prior written consent of management.  If permission is granted, resident shall provide management with an additional key for the right of entry when necessary.

Anyone who locks themselves out of their apartment shall contact the Property Manager or Maintenance Supervisor.  After office hours, there is a $35.00 charge for lockouts.

Temporary visiting guests of the resident shall be allowed.  However, no resident shall have guests for a period of time exceeding ten (10) consecutive days or 14 days within a 60-day period without the specific written consent of the management.  Management reserves the right to make charges for said additional guests, as the management may feel reasonable under the circumstances.

Washing of vehicles or repairing of vehicles is not permitted on apartment grounds/parking lot.  No unlicensed or inoperable vehicles are permitted on the grounds/parking lot. Neither residents nor their guests shall park on the grass or landscaped areas, nor shall anyone block in another vehicle on property.  There is a $50 fine per occurrence and vehicle is subject to be towed at owner’s expense.

The swimming pool is provided for the use and pleasure of the residents and is not a right but a privilege, subject to the pool rules provided.

There will be a fee of three hundred dollars ($300.00) to transfer within the complex and management reserves the right to refuse a transfer for any reason.

Management reserves the right to make such other rules and regulations from time to time as may be deemed necessary for safety, care and cleanliness of the premises and for securing the comfort and convenience of all the tenants.

No personal checks accepted after the 5th day of the month for rental payments.  You will need to get a money order to pay rent.

 

SUMMARY OF FINES ASSOCIATED WITH RULES

Pet Violations (items 4 & 5)          $50 per occurrence

After hours lockout (item 13)       $35 per occurrence

Illegal vehicles (item 15)                $50 per occurrence – subject to towing at owner’s expense

Illegal parking (item 15)                 $50 per occurrence

Improper trash disposal (item 2) $25 per bag or item

 

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Know Your Lease: Vehicle & Parking Policy

shutterstock_154641665With the holidays upon us and all the relatives coming to enjoy the season with our  residents, we thought this would be the perfect time to review our vehicle and parking policies with you.

Parking is on a first come first served basis. Each household is allowed one (1) vehicle per licensed resident. Residents are allowed to park up front by the building, however, guests must park along the fence line. Residents are provided with parking permits for authorized vehicles upon move-in. If you get a new vehicle you are responsible for registering it and obtaining parking permits from the leasing office. All vehicles parked in front of the buildings must have a parking permit that is easily visible from the exterior. Any vehicles parked illegally or without the parking permits are subject to towing at the owners expense.
Washing or repairing vehicles is not permitted on property or in the parking lot. Any unlicensed or inoperable vehicles are not permitted on the property or in the parking lot. Residents and their guests are not allowed to park on the grass or landscaped areas, block in another vehicle, and/or park in front of the dumpsters, mailboxes or in an exit. If a vehicle is found to be unlicensed, inoperable, unauthorized or illegally parked there will be a $50.00 fine assessed to the owner’s account and the vehicle is subject to be towed at owner’s expense.

A vehicle is unauthorized or illegally parked on property if it:

  • Has a flat tire or other condition rendering it inoperable; or
  • Is on jacks, blocks or has wheel(s) missing; or
  • Has no current license or no current parking permit; or
     Takes up more than one parking space; or
  • Belongs to a resident or occupant who has surrendered or abandoned the apartment; or
  • Is parked in a marked handicap space without the legally required handicap insignia; or
  • Blocks another vehicle from exiting; or
  • Is parked in fire lane or designated “no parking” area; or
  • Is parked on the grass, sidewalk, or patio; or
  • Blocks garbage trucks from access to a dumpster.

We know and understand that there will be more vehicles on property during this time as we join to celebrate the holidays and we are excited to see so many people gathered this time of year. In an effort to make it a time that everyone can enjoy, please make sure that you and your guests remain courteous with everyone else who resides on property. We thank all of you for calling Country View Garden Homes your home and look forward to ringing in a new year with you!

Know Your Lease: Parking

We have been fortunate enough to be almost fully occupied for quite some time. With a full community comes full parking lots. We would like to take this opportunity to go over some of the rules on parking that are covered in your lease. You can find this information on page 3 of your Lease Agreement, under Paragraph 21: Parking and on the Community Policies, Rules and Regulations Addendum. There are additional community rules outlined on page 11 of the Welcome Home Packet. You can view copies of both of these documents here.

¨ There is no assigned parking, however, vehicles without permits must be parked in the parallel parking spaces located on the north and east sides of the property.

PARKING

¨ We allow one vehicle per licensed, authorized resident in the apartment.

¨ All vehicles must be registered with the office and have a parking permit displayed so it is easily visible.

¨ You are allowed to repair or replace flat tires, but any other repairs cannot be made on property.

¨ All vehicles must have valid license and registration or will be subject to towing.

¨ Any vehicle blocking an exit, dumpster, drive way, or that is parked illegally will immediately be towed without notice at the owner’s expense.

¨ Washing vehicles on property is not permitted.

¨ Parking is on a first come first serve basis.

¨ Each household is allowed two (2) vehicles that may be parked up front next to the buildings.

¨ All vehicles parked in front of the buildings MUST have a parking permit on the rear driver side window bottom corner (if windows are tinted then permit must be placed front driver side window bottom corner).

¨ Any vehicles parked illegally or without the parking permits are subject to towing at the owners expense.

Resident(s) are responsible for obtaining parking permits from the leasing office. We will be placing orange tags on any vehicles that do not have a parking permit. If you see one on your vehicle, please contact the office and we will be happy to provide you with a permit if the vehicle belongs to you, a resident, and you have not exceeded the allotted number of vehicles for your apartment.

If you have any questions regarding this topic, please don’t hesitate to contact the office at 239.995.1008.

 

Community Pool Rules

The rules and regulations listed below are for the protection and benefit of all to assure safe and sanitary operation of the pool and bathing facilities.  Keep in mind, most of these rules are due to health code ordinance and the swimming pool could be closed down temporarily or permanently if we were inspected and rules were not being followed. Parents are requested to caution their children to observe rules.

  • POOL IS OPEN FROM DAWN TO DUSK. Absolutely no admittance any other time.
  • SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.  All persons using the pool or pool area do so at their own risk, as management does not assume responsibility for any accident or injury in connection with such use.
  • NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY!
  • NO DIVING ALLOWED!
  • NO GLASS OF ANY KIND allowed in pool area.
  • DO NOT TAMPER WITH OR TAKE DOWN THE ROPE AND BUOYS.  (Required by law)
  • OBEY ALL POSTED POOL RULES.  (In addition to the rules stated here.)
  • Guests must be accompanied by a resident at all times.
  • Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult resident (over 18 years old).
  • LITTERING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AT THE POOL.
  • NO PETS ALLOWED INSIDE POOL AREA.
  • ALCOHOL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE POOL AREA.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  DON’T ASK.
  • NO DIAPERS ALLOWED IN THE POOL.
  • No running, pushing or wrestling.
  • NO CUTOFFS OR STREET CLOTHES ALLOWED IN THE POOL!  Proper pool attire is to be worn at all times.  Nudity and thongs are not allowed.
  • No abusive or vulgar language will be tolerated.
  • NO FOOD, CANDY OR GUM AT THE POOL.  Small snacks and can soda are an exception.  For your safety, do not swim for at least 20 minutes after eating.
  • NO TOYS IN THE POOL.  Floatation devices are an exception until they become a problem for others.

If you or your guests are disrupting the other residents, you will be asked to leave and your pool privileges may be suspended indefinitely.  If you refuse to leave when asked, or return without permission, you will be trespassing.

The pool is a “privilege” we want all our residents to enjoy. The management reserves the right to refuse entry or deny pool privileges at its sole discretion.

 

Yikes! What do you mean I have three days to pay my rent or surrender my apartment?!

Time is money

If you have ever rented and had an emergency where you needed to pay your rent a little later than usual, you may have received one of the these notices.  A Three-Day Notice to Pay or Surrender Possession serves a double purpose.  It gives you a final opportunity to make your rental payment and prepares the property for the eviction process if that payment does not come in.  I’ll let you in on a secret, no property manager enjoys forcefully removing a resident from their home with an eviction process.  Sometimes it is necessary, but never enjoyable.

So let’s say you have received one of these letters, either by hand, or left on your door;  what do you do?  The obvious response is pay your rent, silly!  You will notice that the letter clearly indicates the amount of rents that are currently owed, including any late or accrual fees(such as $5.00 per day after the 6th day of the month).  As long as your payment is made in full before the end date on the notice, the issue is solved and you are in the clear.  If for some reason you are not able to make the payment in the three day window, it is still recommended that you contact the office and discuss the issue.  It may not stop the complaint for eviction being filed, but at least all parties have full knowledge of what is going to happen and maybe a resolution can be reached.  Communication is the key in all of this.

“So does this mean if I surrender my apartment, I am free to leave without penalty?” 

The short answer is no.  The long answer is found in the Lease Agreement in  Section 11 on page 2, which states that you will still be responsible for the apartment until either the unit is re-rented or until the lease ending.  When you move out without paying rent in full for the entire lease term or renewal period, at our demand because you are in default, or have an eviction completed, you have breached the contract and are subject to the penalties of it.

The policy for rent has always been the same with Country View Garden Homes.  All rents are due on the first of every month.  We allow a grace period up to the fifth of the month.  Rent is officially late on the sixth of the month and a $50.00 late fee will be assessed to all outstanding accounts.  A similar policy is used across many different types of payments and the results are always the same. Credit cards, car payments, and mortgages all assess fees when you pay late.  Why would renting be any different?

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