Rules & Guidlines

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INDEX:

Introduction and Responsibilities

Rules and Guidelines:

A. Trash, Garbage, and Recycling Disposal
B. Pets
C. Automobiles, Motor Vehicles, and Parking
D. Violators of the Trash, Pet Waste, and Parking Policies
E. Nuisances
F. Signage
G. House Numbers
H. Flowers and Shrubs
I. Furniture, Outdoor Objects
J. Grills
K. Storm Doors and Entrances
L. Outdoor Improvements
M. Fences, Balconies, and Walls
N. Dryer Vent and Fireplace Cleaning
O. Insurance
P. Sale of Units
Q. Leasing of Units
R. Tenants, Guests, and Contractors
S. Window Air Conditioners
T. Use of Common Grounds
U. Speed Limit
V. Pool
W. Snow Removal
X. Violation Procedures

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Introduction and Responsibilities

Purpose:

It is the duty of the Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Village at Sawmill Valley Condominium Association (“Association”) to establish and enforce Rules and Guidelines in accordance with the Association’s Declarations and By-Laws.

The purpose of the Rules and Guidelines is to ensure that all residents have the benefits of living in a well-managed community. By supporting and adhering to these Rules and Guidelines, continued enjoyment of a high standard of living and increased values of the Village at Sawmill Valley homes is ensured.

The Rules and Guidelines will provide each Unit Owner (“Owner”) with the information necessary to understand and abide by the Rules and Guidelines.

Responsibilities:

It is the responsibility of each Owner to maintain his/her Unit in a manner satisfactory to the Association in a safe, clean, and sanitary condition, in good order and repair according to the standards in these Rules and Guidelines.

Correspondence:

All questions or concerns are to be sent to the Board in writing at The Village at Sawmill Valley, 975 Easton Road, Suite 102, Warrington, PA 18976.

Anonymous correspondence directed to the Board of Directors will be discarded without reading.

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A. Trash, Garbage, and Recycling Disposal

  1. General:
    1. Trash days are Tuesday and Friday. Trash may not be put out before 4 p.m. the night before. You must place all trash into securely tied plastic trash bags, unless the object is too large to fit in the trash bag. Grocery store plastic or paper bags are allowed for recyclables only. No trash containers are allowed, with the exception of recycling containers.
    2. Disposing of trash, litter, or any type of debris onto the Common Grounds is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarette butts.
    3. Residents are responsible for their own trash. If a Resident’s trash is blown around the neighborhood, they are responsible for cleaning it up.
    4. Residents are allowed one bulk pick-up per home per month. You must contact the trash company to schedule a pick-up.
  2. Recycling:
    1. Recycling is on Tuesday only and can be put out with your regular trash the night before. Horsham recycling requires that newspaper, plastic, aluminum cans, and clear glass is recycled.
    2. Recycling items must be distinguishable from regular trash by placing them in a separate location (approximately four or five feet from the regular trash) in “clear” or “see through” plastic trash bags, your own marked container, or a recycle bin. Residents may mark “Recycle” on their clear plastic trash bags. Do not leave a recycle bin or your own marked container on the curb or stored on the Common Grounds between pick-ups.
  3. Items that the Trash Removal Company Will Not Pick Up:
    Our trash removal company will not pick up hazardous waste items such as the following:
    1. Gasoline, oil, kerosene, turpentine, paint thinner, oil paint, stains, varnish, pool chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, caustic cleaners and solvents, mercury, thermometers, flares, fire extinguishers, lead acid batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tube light bulbs, and CFL bulbs, electronic components, appliances, asbestos, explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, items containing Freon, tires, kitchen appliances, such as microwaves and refrigerators, propane or helium tanks. Prescription Medications should be disposed of in the secure drop boxes located in many area police stations.
    2. Alkaline household batteries are not hazardous and should be thrown in the trash. Latex paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the trash once it is dry. Air dry latex paint or add absorbent material like kitty litter until paint becomes a solid.
    3. For further information and locations for disposal of hazardous waste, please visit: www.horsham.org  —or— Recycling Guide at www.montgomerycountyrecycles.org —or— call 610-278-3618, for more information regarding Montgomery County’s hazardous waste program.

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B. Pets

  1. Your dog and/or cat must be kept on a leash while outdoors.
  2. Dog or cat owners are responsible for immediately cleaning up any fecal matter left by their pets anywhere in the community. Since dog urine kills grass, please avoid areas directly in front of a unit. The Association has large common lawn areas that may be used for walking your dog. Pet owners are totally responsible for cleaning up after their pets’ waste disposal bags, pet toys, etc. Additionally, the Horsham Township Ordinance No. 133 requires that you clean up any fecal matter left by your pet ($300 fine).
  3. No animals shall be bred in any part of the Condominium property. No exotic animals are permitted. A maximum of three domestic pets are permitted per unit.
  4. Pet owners are totally responsible for ensuring that their pet does not cause a nuisance to any other resident. This includes excessive barking of dogs. The Board has the right to require that an animal be removed from the Community if it proves to be a nuisance.
  5. No animals are to be tethered outside.

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C. Automobiles, Motor Vehicles, and Parking

  1. Vehicle Restrictions:
    1. All vehicles shall be maintained in proper operating condition. No Owner or resident shall store, or permit to be stored, any inoperable, unregistered, and/or expired vehicle inspection sticker on the property.
    2. No Owner or resident shall:  Park, store, or keep on the property any commercial type vehicles, any vehicle over 1-ton capacity, any vehicle with visible equipment or lettering, taxis, limousines, dump trucks, cement mixer trucks, oil or gas trucks, delivery trucks, any recreational vehicle, motorcycles, motor scooters, boats, RV’s, boat trailers, any type of hauling equipment, other vehicular equipment, mobile or otherwise, deemed to be a nuisance to the community.
    3. The above shall not include trucks up to and including one-ton capacity pickup trucks when used for personal, non-commercial transportation and subject to approval by the Board.
    4. Residents are responsible for any damage done to the parking lot from vehicles leaking fluids.
  2. Vehicle Parking:
    1. Reserved parking spaces have been assigned for certain portions of the community with designated painted unit numbers. Due to limited available space, one reserved parking space is assigned to Buildings A, B, C, D, and H. Two reserved parking spaces are assigned to Buildings E, F, and G.
    2. Visitor parking is available at any unnumbered parking space. Also, parking is available on one side of Whetstone Road as signs indicate. Residents are responsible for directing all visitors and contractors to these visitor parking locations.
    3. Parking next to any curb painted yellow, parallel island, or parallel vehicle parking is prohibited.
    4. Vehicle repair or maintenance is not permitted in the community. Charging a car battery or changing a flat tire, or topping off fluids are the only circumstances that are permitted

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D. Violators of the Trash, Pet Waste, and Parking Policies

  1. If an Owner sees a neighbor who disregards the Association’s Rules regarding Trash, Pet Waste, or Parking, please contact the Association by completing the attached form and sending by mail to The Village at Sawmill Valley Condominium Association, 975 Easton Road Suite 102, Warrington, PA 18976, or by Fax to 215-491-5620. An immediate $100 fine will be issued to the Violator for each incident reported. There will be no warnings sent.
  2. Upon validation, a reward of $50 will be given to any resident who helps the Board crack down on the violators in our community. Rewards will be granted if the Owner is in good standing with the Association and upon collection of the fine. Names will be kept in strict confidence

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E. Nuisances

No nuisances shall be allowed on the property nor shall any use or practice be allowed which annoys residents or which interferes with peaceful possession or proper use of the property by residents.

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F. Signage

Signage (“For Sale,” For Rent,” etc.) is not allowed on the Common Grounds or anywhere that can be seen from the Common Grounds. This includes, but is not limited to home windows, car windows, lawn, mailboxes. The only exception is for “Open House signs permitted on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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G. House Numbers

Owners are responsible for assuring that house numbers are visible. The number on doors must be black and each number should be approximately 2-1/2 inches high and 1-1/2 inches wide.

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H. Flowers and Shrubs

Owners or residents may plant flowers and/or shrubs around their home, however, this is considered a contribution to the common area and is subject to the same landscaping care as shrubs that the Association has planted. However, the Board of Directors reserves the right to prohibit the planting of flowers and/or shrubs that do not meet the standards of the Association. Should you have questions, please contact the Association in writing.

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I. Furniture, Outdoor Objects

All Outdoor furniture must be kept on a balcony or patio. Outdoor furniture, equipment, or objects of any kind cannot be left on the lawn or Common Elements when not in use.

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J. Grills

Caution and common sense must be exercised when using your grill. They are to be kept away from the fences, siding and building walls. Any flammable items such as fire pits, tiki lamps, etc., are not permitted.

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K. Storm Doors and Entrances

  1. The Association’s approved storm doors must be full view, single panel glass storm doors or triple track full-view self-storing doors. The top, bottom, and side frames cannot exceed four inches in width. No scalloped edges or jalousie windows are permitted. The color must be white.
  2. The Owner is responsible for maintaining their storm door in good condition; cleaning, painting, or replacing their storm door in order to preserve a proper appearance. All storm doors must have operable closers so the storm door stays closed at all times.
  3. The entrance to the Owner’s unit must be kept clean, including the outside light fixture.

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L. Outdoor Improvements

Any outside improvements, such as storm doors, windows, fences, decks, etc., must be approved by the Board in writing before work can begin. All requests for approval will need to be made on the Improvement Request Form. This Form can be obtained through the Association’s management office, 975 Easton Road, Suite 102, Warrington, PA 18976.

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M. Fences, Balconies, and Walls

  1. Fences, Balconies
    1. It is the Owners’ responsibility to maintain fences and balconies on a regular basis with the Association’s approved stain/paint color, BEHR #ST-117 Russet Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing. This is sold at Home Depot. If you wish to use another brand or a solid stain, that would be acceptable; however, the color must be an exact match to the Association’s approved stain.
    2. It is the Owners’ responsibility to assure that fences and balconies are repaired as needed.
  2. Brick Walls Surrounding Patios
    1. It is the Owners’ responsibility to maintain brick walls on a regular basis by cleaning to remove any dirt or mildew that has accumulated; as well as any repair of the bricks or mortar.
  3. Items on Fences, Balconies, and Walls
    1. Plants are the only items permitted to hang over or on fences, balconies, and brick walls. Items of clothing, towels, rugs, or any other textile, etc., hanging over fences, balconies, and brick walls or anywhere on the property are prohibited. No apparatus for hanging clothes outside is permitted.

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N. Dryer Vent and Fireplace Cleaning

Owners are required to have their dryer vent and fireplace cleaned every two years. A confirmation that this has been done must be sent to the Association.

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O. Insurance

Owners are required to obtain and maintain insurance on their Units, which shall include coverage for damages or destruction by fires and other casualty, and liability coverage for the inside of their unit. Please contact your insurance provider to discuss your coverage.

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P. Sale of Units

In the event of any sale, transfer, or lease of a unit, the Owner must give a minimum of thirty days prior written notice thereof to the Association.

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Q. Leasing of Units

  1. General
    1. An Owner must submit a copy of any new lease to the Management Company within five business days of signing.
    2. A $200 annual fee is due from any Owner who rents their unit. This fee is due January 1st each year and subject to late charges if not paid by January 15th.   
    3. If a first time lease is entered into during a calendar year due to tenant change, a fee will be pro-rated based on the new lease term date. The fee is subject to change.
  2. Lease Addendum
    Owner must return the following addendum within ten days of executing a lease.
    1. Per the Association's Declaration, an Owner is permitted to lease their unit for an initial minimum term of six months. 
    2. Only 20% or 22 Owners are permitted to lease their unit at any given time. Owners of record as of September 16, 2013 are exempt from this cap.
    3. All lease renewals must be approved by the Board. Owners must provide the Board with notice of a lease renewal a minimum of thirty days prior to renewal date.
    4. Lessees must abide by the Association's Declaration, By-Laws, and Rules and Guidelines.
    5. It is the Owners’ responsibility to provide a copy of the Rules and Guidelines to their lessees.
    6. If lessees continue to violate the Association's Declaration, By-laws, and/or Rules and Guidelines, Owners will not be permitted to renew leases. Owners are subject to fines for violations committed by lessees.
    7. Owners and lessees must sign a form indicating agreement with the lease addendum.

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R. Tenants, Guests, and Contractors

Each Owner is charged with the responsibility of directing tenants, guests, and/or contractors to comply with the Association’s Rules and Guidelines and is responsible for their compliance. The Owner will be responsible for any damages, fees, costs, fines and penalties incurred as a result of their failure to comply.

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S. Window Air Conditioners

Window air conditioners are not permitted, unless resident receives prior written approval from the Board.

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T. Use of Common Grounds

  1. Common Grounds include all grass outside of patio fences/walls, as well as all sidewalks, parking lots, and the pool area.
  2. Any type of ball playing (football, baseball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, badminton, kickball, etc.) must be played in the Horsham Park area on the other side of Building E.
  3. No bicycling is permitted across any of the lawns.
  4. No rollerblading or skateboarding is allowed on, or across, any of the Common Grounds.
  5. Personal property, recycle bins, and garbage cans are not to be stored on the Common Grounds.
  6. No more than 1/4 cord of firewood is to be stored on your balcony. You may store a full cord on your patio. No truck delivery over the curbing or lawns is permitted.

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U. Speed Limit

Residents must observe a speed limit of 15 mph throughout our community.

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V. Pool

Anyone not current with Condominium Association Assessments will not receive a pool pass.

  1. Residents and their guests must obey the Pool Rules as follows:
    1. Loud, unruly, and boisterous behavior will not be tolerated.
    2. No glass containers are permitted within the fenced area of the pool.
    3. Children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults must keep a watchful eye on their children.
    4. Running, diving, or flipping off sides of the pool is not permitted.
    5. Use consideration when playing games in the pool. The lifeguard will decide if games should be stopped.
    6. An adult must accompany children in the wading pool at all times.
    7. Children in diapers even with a plastic liner are not permitted in the adult pool. The wading pool is permitted.
    8. Pets are not allowed on the pool grounds at any time.
    9. Defacing property will result in a $100 fine and/or loss of pool privileges.
    10. Violators of pool rules are subject to a $100 fine and/or loss of pool privileges.
    11. No smoking is permitted within the fenced in pool area.
  1. Guests
    1. Residents are required to present a current pool permit, which allows six people to enter the pool.
    2. Residents must accompany all guests.

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W. Snow Removal

  1. The following are reminders regarding snow removal procedures:
    1. Rather than plow the snow towards the curb, it is preferable to plow the snow parallel to this area so the snow does not end up on the sidewalks during plowing. Where possible, please group your vehicles together and then once the plow trucks clear the one area, move vehicles to allow complete access to the next area. If a vehicle has not been removed from a parking space on the day of a snowfall or before the contractor returns the following day to re-service the parking area, then the occupied parking space will not be serviced. The Association is not responsible for removing snow from behind, between, or around parked vehicles. That is the vehicle owner’s responsibility. If a resident does not comply with this procedure, a warning will be issued for the violation. If a resident repeats the violation, a $50 fine will be issued.
    2. Residents are responsible for clearing their balconies. If the balconies are not clear, then the melting snow may travel down to the entrance of the neighbor below and the common area sidewalk (already cleared by the Association’s contractor) and refreeze, thus creating an icy condition.
  2. During a Minor Snowfall (2 inches or less) Contractor will:
    1. Apply rock salt or cinders only to slippery or icy road surfaces with particular emphasis on street intersections and/or inclines, if approved.
    2. Remove snow from full width of sidewalks and apply calcium chloride if slippery or icy.
    3. Contact the Association for instructions if accumulation is less than one inch on the sidewalk.
  3. During an Average Snowfall (2 to 6 inches) Contractor will:
    1. If the storm ends between 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., commence plowing the full width of roads, up to 6 inches from curbs.
    2. Remove snow from full width of sidewalks.
    3. Plow parking spaces where the residents removed their vehicles.
    4. Apply rock salt or cinders only to slippery or icy road surfaces.
    5. Apply calcium chloride only to slippery or icy concrete sidewalks.
    6. Return the following day to re-plow and remove snow from any areas affected by drifting snow, ensure that all traffic areas are free from slippery or icy conditions, and plow any available parking spaces not originally serviced.
    7. If storm ends between 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., complete items 1, 2, 4, and 5 before leaving the Association and then return during the day to complete item 3.
    8. Cooperate with the residents to allow them to move cars from parking areas during plowing operations.
  4. During a Major Snow Storm (excess of 6 inches) Contractor will:
    1. Commence plowing of roads once accumulations reach 5 inches.
    2. Initially, plow roads and unobstructed parking areas, keeping them open to vehicular traffic. 
    3. Continue to re-plow when snow accumulations again reach 5 to 6 inches on the roads.
    4. Once the storm has ended, remove snow from walks, entrance areas, and parking spaces in accordance with items 1 through 6 as listed for “Average Snowfall.”
  5. Ice Storm:

    In the event of an ice storm, the contractor will contact the Association to confirm the appropriate work to be performed.

  6. Resident Responsibility:

    Residents are required to move their cars in order to enable our snow removal contractor to plow the parking lot. Residents that do not move their cars during snow will receive a violation warning. If the violation is repeated, the resident will receive a $50 fine.

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X. Violation Procedures

  1. Violations of any Rules or Guidelines stated here or in the Condominium documents will result in a warning from the Board via letter. The Owner will be allowed ten days to comply fully with the violated Rule after which time the Owner will be fined $50 per violation.
  2. The continuance of a violated Rule will result in a fine. Repeated offenses will result in additional fines that shall accrue until the full compliance of the Rule occurs. Such amount will be at the discretion of the Board.
  3. Violations of Trash, Pet Waste, and Parking Policies will warrant an immediate $100 fine with no warning.
  4. All fines are payable to The Village at Sawmill Valley and mailed to the Association, 975 Easton Road, Suite 102, Warrington, PA 18976.
  5. Anyone not living in accordance with the Rules and Guidelines of the Association, or have unpaid Condominium Fees, and/or have Fines, or Judgments levied against their property, are not permitted to run for the Board.

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(Last Revision July 2015)