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CAN WE CHANGE THE AMOUNT OF DUES WE PAY?

The Board has the authority to determine the annual dues for the next budget year and then calls a meeting of the members to ratify the budget. The budget is ratified unless the majority of all owners vote at an annual meeting or a special budget meeting not to approve the budget. A quorum does not have to be present at the meeting. Should the members not ratify the budget, the preceding year’s budget is used until a new budget is ratified.


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HOW CAN I HAVE INPUT INTO THE ASSOCIATION MATTERS?

JOIN A COMMITTEE! Any community and/or community association becomes a great community when it’s an active community. Like to garden? Form a garden club… Are you a gourmet cook? Start a dinner club… Play bridge & need a partner?…You get the picture!!


HOW DID I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION?

Membership begins immediately upon taking title to home site and ends when you sell your property.


HOW DO I PAY MY DUES/ASSESSMENTS?

Owners of properties in our communities have several options for dues/assessments. Our community websites allow owners to make a one time payment by e-check or credit card, as well as set up autodraft or recurring monthly and quarterly payments.  

Please note that there is a third party surcharge for the credit card payments.

You can also mail your dues payment to:
Your Association Name
c/o CAMS
PO Box 97548
Raleigh, NC  27624

Please be sure to include your account number with your mailed payment.


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WHAT ARE THE BYLAWS?

The bylaws are the guidelines for the operation of the homeowners or condominium association. The bylaws define the duties of the various offices of the board of directors; how elections will be handled; the terms of the directors; the memberships’ voting rights; required meetings and notices of meetings; and the principal office of the association, as well as other specific items that are necessary to run the association as a business.


WHAT ARE THE CC&R’S?

The declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R or DCCR) are the governing legal documents that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community or condominium. The CC&R was recorded by the original developer in the county in which the property is located and is included in the title to your property. Failure to abide by the CC&R may result in a fine to a property owner by the association.


WHAT DOES THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DO?

The powers and duties of the board include: set and collect annual assessments; use and expend the assessments collected to operate, maintain, repair replace, modify, care for, manage and preserve the common areas; procure, maintain and pay premiums for insurance; contract for and discharge management of the association; amend and add to the rules and regulations governing the use of the common areas; purchase equipment; and more.


WHAT DOES THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY DO?

A professional management company is contracted by the board of directors to properly maintain the common areas and conduct the business affairs of the association. A management company provides services such as: collection of assessments; overseeing of subcontractors; obtaining bids for subcontracted services; providing financial statements and collection reports, as well as serving a general clearinghouse for problem solving; communicating with property owners and the board of directors; and serving in an adviser capacity. The management company reports directly to the board and all decisions are made by a majority vote of the board of directors. (Please note that services provided by a management company will depend on the individual agreements between a community association management company and the client association.)


WHAT EXPENSES ARE PAID WITH DUES?

The annual budget of the Association states the expenses anticipated each year. Usually the expenses provide items such as insurance, operating and maintenance of streetlights, storm water ponds, common areas and entrances. The funds are not used to maintain any individual home site.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T PAY MY ASSESSMENT?

The maintenance and management services incurred by the Association are dependent upon timely receipt of the assessments due from each homeowner. Late payments will result in a late charge depending on your Association's collection's policy as assessments are due on the first of the month of your assessment cycle. In addition, the CC&R’s (covenants, conditions and restrictions) generally allow the Association to charge late fees and interest, and proceed with a lien on your property or foreclosure proceeding for nonpayment of assessments.


WHAT IS A HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION?

It is a corporation registered with the state and managed by a duly elected board of directors. Most associations are registered as nonprofit corporations. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the governing legal documents: declarations or covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R), bylaws and articles of incorporation. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners or condominium association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.


WHAT IS COMMON AREA?

A common area is designated on the recorded plat of the community as land and community assets that are not sold to an individual owner. In a planned community, the common areas are owned by the association, where as in a condominium association the common areas are owned by all owners in undivided interest. You will also see the term “limited common areas.” A limited common area is common area that is for the exclusive use of fewer than all the owners of an association.


WHAT IS MY ASSESSMENT?

The assessment is the periodic amount due from each owner to cover the operating expenses of the common area or areas and to provide for reserve funds for replacement of common facilities in future years. Your assessments are due on the first of the month (or quarter, or semi-annually or annually as outlined in the governing docs). Statements are typically sent for assessments as a reminder of the amount due.


WHAT IS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

The homeowners or condominium association is a corporation and therefore a governing body that is required to oversee its business. The board of directors is elected by the property owners, or as otherwise specified in the bylaws. The limitation and restrictions of the powers of the board of directors is outlined in the association governing documents.


WHO DETERMINED THE ASSESSMENT AMOUNT?

The Developer sets the assessment amount initially. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to annually determine the amount of dues each member will pay during the next year. Unless otherwise specified in your governing documents, the Board also determines how the dues will be paid – as one annual payment, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.


WHO IS THE DECLARANT?

The development company and its successors and assigns.


WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS ABOUT ASSOCIATION MATTERS?

The Board of Directors determine the policies, rules & regulations involved in the operation of the association’s business affairs.


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