Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
Rules and Regulations
For La Casa (the “Community”)
It is the specific Policy of the Corporation to operate and maintain the Community for the use, benefit of, and to meet the social needs of persons fifty-five (55) years of age or older. Our residents are attracted to our Park because of its appearance and environment. This good way of life does not just happen. Each and every resident, together with management, must work constantly to keep it this way. A set of Rules and Regulations is necessary so that everyone can keep his/her home and the Park in the best possible condition. This enables the Park to ensure high real estate values and maintain a safe environment in which to live. These newly revised Rules and Regulations shall take effect on May 1, 2019 for Shareholders and July 1, 2019 for Non-shareholders and shall replace all previous Rules and Regulations. They shall remain in full force and effect until such time as they are revised or amended, in whole or in part, by action of the HOA Board of Directors, to reflect changes to enhance the living conditions, safety, and quality of life for all residents of La Casa.
- “Corporation” as used herein refers to the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Park” or “Community” shall mean the manufactured home community owned by the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Unit” shall mean a part of the cooperative property, which is subject to exclusive use and possession. A unit may be improvements, land, or land and improvements together, as specified in the cooperative documents.
- “Unit Owner” or “owners of the unit” shall mean the person(s) holding a share in the cooperative association and a lease or other muniment of title or possession of unit that is granted by the association as the owner of the cooperative property.
- “Lot” shall mean the parcel of land on which a home/unit may be placed.
- “Boundaries” are determined according to the applicable provisions of the Master Form Proprietary Lease for the Corporation recorded at Official Records Book 2698 pages 1503-1530 of the Public Records of Sarasota County, Florida.
- “Tight lot” shall mean a lot that may not meet current required footage on the sides, rear or front of the lot.
- “Board” shall mean the elected directors of the Homeowners Association of La Casa, Inc.
- “Shareholder” shall mean holder of a Membership Certificate in the Corporation.
- “Non-shareholder” shall mean the owner(s) of a manufactured home who rents or leases a lot within La Casa for residential use.
- “Common areas” shall mean the portions of the cooperative property not included in the units.
- Florida Statute 320.01 shall be used as definition of recreational vehicle for the RV/Boat Compound.
- “Pet Section” is determined by the HOA Board of Directors.
III. GENERAL INFORMATION
- La Casa general office hours are 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Lunch hour appointments are available. The office is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. In case of emergency, call 911 or the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office 941-861-1701. For a maintenance emergency during business hours, call the main office. After hours, contact the guard on duty.
- Residents must notify the guard in advance of visitors, contractors, deliveries, etc. by supplying the name and when expected. No outside deliveries, including building materials, etc., will be admitted to the Park before 8:00 AM or after 10:00 PM.
- All rents, maintenance fees and co-op mortgage fees are due and payable in advance on the first day of each month. All checks payable to the Corporation may be placed in the check box at the office.
- The speed limit in the Park for all vehicles, including golf carts, is fifteen (15) MPH. Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way, which does not preclude their observing the rules of the road.
- No peddling or solicitation is allowed in the Park. Any resident may canvass other residents as provided for in the Florida Statutes.
- Items, except for personal vehicles (see Article XIV), can only be advertised for sale on the Clubhouse bulletin board. No garage, yard or similar type sales are permitted in the Park. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- All utilities are paid individually by the homeowner: electric, telephone, internet service provider (ISP), cable TV, and water/sewer to local provider. The Corporation shall be responsible for maintaining and replacing electrical pedestals. Homeowners are responsible for water, sewer and electrical service from the home to the meters or main line.
- All mail will be delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service upon the installation of a mailbox prescribed by the U.S. Postal Service Standard Rural Mailbox requirements and La Casa standards. The Park will repair or replace damaged or rusted mailboxes and posts. All mailboxes and posts must be black. Cleaning and painting are the responsibility of the homeowner.
- The Park will keep front post lights in working order at no cost to the homeowner, with the exception of electrical work. The homeowner may not change the appearance of those fixtures. The Park will replace damaged light posts. All light posts and light fixtures must be black. Cleaning and painting of the lights is the responsibility of the homeowner. The HOA Board of Directors encourages residents to leave their lamp posts on for security and safety at night for all residents.
- For your convenience and energy conservation, a free clothes-drying area is provided at the Recreation Hall. For individual clothesline requests, please see the Park Management for guidelines.
- La Casa is a resident-owned community. Accordingly, no Homeowner shall own and/or have an ownership interest in more than three (3) homes in the Park at any one time. For the purposes of this rule, “Homeowner” is defined to include the owner(s) of the manufactured home and/or a Membership Certificate in the Corporation, the spouse, children and/or parents of any such owner(s), and any trust, corporation, limited liability company and/or similar entity or entities in which a Homeowner (as defined in this rule) holds a beneficial and/or material interest.
- Residents of La Casa cannot be employed by the management of the Park.
- Burning and dumping of trash, garbage and trimmings is not permitted anywhere in the Park, including lakes and canals. Garbage pickup is provided on solid waste schedules approved by the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners. Local papers, the Park’s closed-circuit TV channel, and/or www.lacasaroc.com should be consulted for any schedule changes. Household garbage shall not be put at curbside prior to the morning pickup unless the garbage is in a securely-covered container. Contents of the red and blue recycle bins are the property of the residents until picked up. No one should remove items from bins without permission of the resident owner.
- Yard trash and such items as dead palm fronds and small tree limbs will be picked up free once each week. Yard waste shall be placed at the street the evening before pickup and must comply with the following County rules: Yard waste must be placed in garbage cans or bags; garbage cans may not be larger than thirty-two (32) gallons and are not to be filled above the top of the can; yard trimmings that cannot be placed in cans or bags must be securely tied and bundles must not be longer than four feet or more than sixteen (16) inches in diameter; cans, bags or bundles must not weigh more than forty (40) pounds.
- Alterations or plantings of any kind to the common property shall not be allowed without prior written permission from Management. Requests for such alterations shall be submitted in writing to Management.
- Legitimate complaints concerning infractions of the rules and regulations shall be reported to Park Management in writing and signed by the complainant or submitted online via www.lacasaroc.com. Forms are available in the office and online.
- Any resident performing work or providing services for another resident, occupant or guest in the community is doing so as an individual and NOT as a representative of the Association, regardless of whether the resident performing work or providing services is an officer of the Association or a member of the Association’s Board of Directors and/or any committee of the Association. Any resident performing work or providing services for another resident, occupant or guest and any resident, occupant or guest who has work performed or services provided by another resident hereby indemnifies and holds the Association harmless for any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses, and/or losses arising in whole or in part from the performance of said work or the providing of said services.
- It is the intent of the Corporation that the Cooperative be operated as “housing for older persons” in accordance with the Federal Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (as amended or modified from time to time, “HOPA”). It is the specific policy and intent of the Corporation that the Park be designed, operated and maintained for the use and benefit and to meet the social needs of persons fifty-five (55) years of age and older. Therefore, at least one person residing in a unit must be fifty-five (55) years of age or older and any other person occupying that unit must be forty-five (45) years of age or older. No person under the age of fifty-five (55) years shall permanently reside in the Park if that person’s occupancy would result in the census of the Park resulting in less than eighty percent (80%) of units in the community being occupied by at least one person fifty-five (55) years of age or older. Once permanent residency is established by a co-occupant over age forty-five (45), they shall be permitted to maintain their residency should the older occupant cease to be a resident due to death, divorce, or other cause acceptable to the Board of Directors of the Association. However, if as a result of such continued residency, the units within the Park occupied by at least one fifty-five (55) years or older would fall below eighty percent (80%) then the Board of Directors must require such co-occupant to vacate the unit.
- No more than four persons may permanently occupy a residence.
- Persons wishing to purchase, sublease, rent, or otherwise reside in the Park must have a personal meeting with a management representative before a rental agreement or membership agreement is issued and occupancy approved. No person shall be allowed to purchase, occupy, or reside in a unit in the Park until an Application for Residency/Occupancy form is signed with background and credit check and payment covering processing fees for such has been completed and approved. A requirement for each applicant is a photo identification or birth certificate that sets forth the applicant’s date of birth. Forms are available from the office and must be completed and returned at least fifteen (15) days prior to occupancy.
- All caregivers living in La Casa must be registered with the office and approved for residency with the appropriate Application for Residency/Occupancy.
- A caregiver cannot reside in La Casa when the resident in need is no longer physically in La Casa and is living elsewhere.
- A caregiver is required to follow the La Casa Rules and Regulations.
- The caregiver request only applies to the applicant.
- The caregiver must have a background check prior to moving in.
- The Corporation shall not be responsible for loss or damage caused by accident, fire, theft or act of God to any home or personal property within the Park boundaries.
- The Corporation shall not be liable for accident or injury to any person through the use of recreational facilities. Residents and their guests avail themselves of these facilities at their own risk and assume liability for any physical damage or personal injury caused by such use.
- Residents shall be responsible for damages to the Park or its facilities caused by them, their renters or their guests.
- The responsibility to insure each home and additions thereto for public liability and property damage is that of the resident.
- The Corporation is not responsible for damage to or theft of any items in the RV/Boat Compound.
VII. GENERAL RULES
- Excessive noise of any kind (e.g., radio, TV, conversation, wind chimes, musical instruments, construction and maintenance noises) shall be limited, particularly between the hours of 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM. All other noises shall be restricted to Sarasota County codes. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- It is recommended that all contractors hired by homeowners be licensed by the State of Florida and carry the insurance required by applicable state or local law. Contractor signs are not permitted on a lot, home or unit unless required by law.
- The work area and roadways must be kept clean and free of debris. Work vehicles parked in the roadways, or protruding onto the roadway, must have safety cones in the front and in the back of the vehicle(s) to alert our residents of hazard.
- No nuisance, immoral or illegal act, or any use or practice which is the source of unreasonable annoyance to residents, Corporation management, employees or which interferes with their peaceful possession and proper use of the La Casa property, including but not limited to loud and obscene language and threatening behavior shall not be allowed. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
VIII. THE MANUFACTURED HOME
- The homeowner is responsible for maintaining the exterior of the home including roofs, and the home must be kept in good repair. For any resident leaving for thirty (30) days or longer, an Away/ Here form must be filled out with caretaker’s name and be provided to the front office for emergency purposes.
- Additions or extensions of existing homes require prior approval of the Board of Directors. Application must include professional architectural drawings, elevation renderings, and artist rendition of the finished project within the buildable lot area. The exterior of the additions or extensions must match the appearance of the existing home.
- The Park Manager has the authority to approve the widening of driveways not to exceed twenty (20) feet and any such widening must adhere to the setback requirements.
- All homes must be a minimum width of twenty-four (24) feet and maintain a distance of not less than seven feet from the boundary of the lot.
- Fences are not permitted outside of the footprint squared of the home.
- Any repainting or re-siding requiring a color change or redecoration of the outside surface must be approved in writing in advance by Management.
- Energy-saving devices are permitted with prior written approval from Management and compliance with state, county and local codes.
- Water softeners, water conditioning/treatment systems, and large propane tanks installed outside the home must be placed out of view and approved in writing by Park Management.
- Privacy panels are allowed along the carport with prior written Management approval. Lattice work, screen, Florida glass, vinyl, wood, or trellises are acceptable. No tarpaulin may be used.
- Decks, porches and patios require county permits and prior written Board approval. Solid surface patios shall not be placed over any underground utility line.
- All manufactured homes set up in La Casa shall conform to all state and local codes.
- Prior to the removal of the home, a stamped plan drawing by a registered surveyor must be provided and approved by the Board of Directors. This plan will define the buildable lot and its relationship to homes that border that lot and setbacks.
- No manufactured home shall be removed, delivered, or placed without prior written approval of the Board of Directors. Removal, delivery and set-up must occur during business hours. Thirty (30) days prior to owners removing their manufactured home, owners must furnish Management with true copies of the contracts for removal of all above-ground improvements (the “Removal Contract”). This Removal Contract shall include, but not be limited to, the removal of the manufactured home, foundation, carport, storage shed(s), all attachments, skirting, slab unless in good condition, and steps (the “Improvements”). Owners shall have fourteen (14) days (or extensions with management’s approval) from the date of the start of the removal of the improvement to complete the removal and grade the affected areas of the unit. La Casa Management must be notified a minimum of forty-eight (48) hours prior to the removal or delivery of the home. When the home is removed, the land must be prepared to receive a new home.
- Any new or replacement home shall only be one story high with a maximum roof height not to exceed 16’6” above existing ground level.
- In order to determine the “buildable lot”, the following guidance shall be used:a:
- Front: To maintain the openness of the Park, no new home (inclusive of “Improvements”) shall be allowed within the existing setback from the road, and must be in line with other adjacent houses on the street.
- Rear: The established boundary shall be one-half the distance between the original, adjacent homes. A new home (inclusive of “Improvements”) must be placed within an offset of ten feet (10’) from this established boundary. If there is no home in the rear, the established boundary shall be the same as the existing (previous) home or twenty feet (20’), whichever is less. In either situation, the main air conditioning outside unit shall be located in the rear of all new homes.
- Sides: The established boundary shall be one-half the distance between the original, adjacent homes. A new home (inclusive of “Improvements”) must be placed with a setback of seven feet (7’) from this established boundary. If there is no home on a side, the established boundary shall be the same as the existing (previous) home or fourteen feet (14’), whichever is less.
- A homeowner shall be allowed to replace a home on a “tight lot” as long as the width of the new home does not exceed that of the one it replaces. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by the Board of Directors prior to such replacement.
- Each home must have a concrete driveway no wider than twenty (20) feet, a covered carport with a solid floor, and decorative block or skirting and a utility room. No freestanding sheds, buildings or garages are permitted.
- An attached car garage is permitted provided it is within the footprint of the home.
- When a new or replacement home is placed on a lot, all downspouts on the home must be connected to an underground drain or French drain that diverts storm water to the street and away from all homes.
- Adjacent homeowners will be notified in writing two (2) weeks prior to action to be taken by the Board of Directors of the pending new home or removal of home. A copy of the proposed plan shall be available in the main office.
- Shareholders requesting a new/replacement home must acquire Board of Directors approval by providing two drawings of the proposed work, scale of 3/32” = 1’, or similar.
- A stamped plan drawing shall include proposed new/replacement plan layout (including driveway, carport roof extensions, air conditioner unit, shed, landscaping, stairs, etc.).
- A stamped elevation drawing shall indicate the proposed house floor elevation information, including the height of the lot 3 feet above the flood zone unless the county mandates otherwise.
- If the existing/previous home was previously demolished (by other), the Park Manager shall provide the necessary data.
IX. SELLING, RENTING OR SUB-LETTING
Shareholders may sell their unit in conformity with the requirements of the By-laws of the Corporation and the Master Proprietary Lease. Homeowners who are Non-shareholders may sell their home in the Park in conformity with the requirements of the Rental Agreement, the Rental Prospectus and Florida law. The purchaser of a non-shareholder home has the option of purchasing a share or signing a rental agreement. “FOR SALE” signs for homes shall be limited to one sign per lot not to exceed 384 square inches in size to be placed in a bordered planter area adjacent to the house.
- Shareholders may sublet their unit in conformity with the requirement of the By-laws of the Corporation and the Master Proprietary Lease. Homeowners who are Non-Shareholders may rent their home in the Park in conformity with the requirements of the Rental Agreement, the Rental Prospectus and Florida Law.
- The homeowner is responsible for acquainting his or her renters with the Rules and Regulations of the park and is responsible for the conduct of the renter.
- Homeowners may only advertise their home for rent on the appropriate bulletin board located in the Clubhouse. “FOR RENT” signs are not allowed on property. Persons subletting from a homeowner (including seasonal) must register with the office prior to occupancy. All such renters are subject to the By-laws and Rules and Regulations including age restrictions. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- When a homeowner rents his home to another party, the homeowner assigns to the Renter the right to the use of the common Park facilities during the period the home is rented and suspends his or her own right to the use of the common Park facilities during that period.
- Residents renting their home must obtain from the office an Application for Residency/Occupancy. This form must be filled out by the resident and renter and submitted to the office fifteen (15) days prior to occupancy by renter. If it is not received a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the occupancy of the renter, the fee will be doubled, and the homeowner will receive a violation notice.
No person shall be allowed to reside in the Park, until the following has been received and completed:
- Application for Residency/Occupancy
- Background check
- Credit check
- Proper identification
- Fees pertaining thereto
- And that person’s occupancy has been approved in writing by Management (and, where applicable, allowed by the Rental Prospectus and/or Chapter 723 of the Florida Statutes).
- It is permissible for homeowners to allow friends and relatives, as guests, to use their home when they are not present. Guests must register at the office upon The homeowner must advise the office in writing in advance of his or her permission so visitors can be admitted and treated as guests.
- Guests, including their children, are permitted to stay no more than thirty (30) days in any calendar year in the Park.
- The homeowner is responsible for acquainting his or her guests with the Rules and Regulations of the Park and is responsible for the conduct of the guests.
- Guests with pets (other than cats that are kept indoors exclusively) are only permitted in homes in the designated pet sections.
- Guests under the age of sixteen (16) are not allowed to use the Park facilities unless accompanied by an adult.
- No person is permitted to live in recreational vehicles on the Park premises.
- No person under the age of sixteen (16), alone or accompanied by an adult, is permitted to drive a motor vehicle, including golf-cart-like vehicles in the Park.
- Pets are allowed only in designated pet sections/streets, excluding cats that are kept exclusively indoors. The designated areas are posted on the office bulletin board. While only cats and dogs are permitted as pets, residents may keep a caged bird or aquarium in their home.
- When outside your home, pets must be on a leash and shall be under your control at all times. For your safety, walk your pet facing traffic. Pets shall only be walked on pet section streets. Pets must be walked only in designated area which are posted in the front office. In addition, pets are not permitted on common grounds including lake areas, the La Casa Rec Hall and the Clubhouse areas with the exception of the common areas designated for pets.
- The weight limit for pets is a maximum of twenty-five (25) pounds. Maximum of two animals per pet-approved household.
- Noisy, dangerous or unruly pets will not be allowed to remain.
- Residents shall not feed or attempt to make pets of wild animals or birds. Sarasota County imposes a five hundred dollar ($500) fine for feeding wildlife. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- Certified service animals, as defined by federal or Florida law, are not considered pets.
- Pet exemptions are granted to the resident only, not the pet.
- Pet owners are required to pick up after their dog.
- Pets shall not be secured outside without direct supervision.
- All dogs residing in La Casa must be registered in the Office with documentation of license and vaccinations according to Sarasota County Law annually by March 1st.
XII. LOT AND HOME MAINTENANCE
- La Casa will mow all common grounds and unit owners’ lawns.
- All lawns must be grass and/or pre-approved “Florida-Friendly Landscaping”.
- La Casa will maintain trees on common grounds.
- The homeowner is responsible for watering, trimming, fertilizing, weeding of lawns, planters, beds, trees, bushes and around base of home.
- Watering of the lawns shall be done in compliance with Sarasota County water restrictions as amended from time to time.
- Homeowners have the responsibility of maintenance and/or removal of all trees on their lot. Removal must be approved by Park Management.
- If a home becomes unsightly because of neglect of home, lawn, or plantings, Management will give a fourteen (14) day notice to the resident that maintenance is needed. Such notice shall be sent via U.S. mail to the homeowner in accordance with Florida law. If there is no response, the compliance process will be started according to Article XIX subsection 3.
- Management has the right to ask a homeowner to trim trees, plants or shrubs that obstruct view and pose a safety hazard.
- All items, other than golf carts and automobiles, shall be removed from the carport or lot when leaving La Casa for more than 2 weeks. Any outside objects which could become airborne due to wind conditions shall be removed and secured.
- Landscaping, curbing or lawn ornaments are considered exterior modification and must receive prior written Management approval.
- Trash containers and recycle bins shall be stored out of sight. Trash containers may be stored in the side or back yard, if appropriately screened by landscaping or an approved enclosure.
- Holiday yard displays or decorations are permitted for winter holidays, religious holidays, multi-national holidays and federal holidays. All other displays/decorations need prior written Management approval. Displays must not be put up earlier than one week before and must be removed 5 days after the holiday. Winter holiday displays are exempt but shall not be put up before the last mow of the season prior to Thanksgiving and must be removed by a specific date set annually by Management, dependent upon the first mowing of the year.
- Homeowners may beautify their homes by planting trees, shrubs and flowers but shall make inquiry of the office for locations of service lines prior to extensive digging. Drawings showing lines may or may not be available, therefore, contact the local utility companies before beginning work. Homeowners shall not plant anything on common grounds without written prior permission of the Park Manager.
- No newspaper delivery box or any similar receptacle shall be installed in front of a home.
- It is important to the appearance of the Park that lots be free of debris. Items other than for general use, such as patio furniture or grills, must be stored in the home utility shed.
- It is recommended by the La Casa HOA Board of Directors that the federal flag code be followed by residents when displaying flags within the Park.
- If a driveway is widened, it must be of like color and design to the original driveway. Stone and pavers may be used.
- The homeowner shall not, without first obtaining the written consent of the Board of Directors and required governmental agencies, alter or add to the exterior of their mobile homes, attachments or other permanent improvements. Homeowners who want to change the outside appearance of their home by modification or landscaping must submit a Request for Approval Form to Management for approval. Management has fifteen (15) working days to approve or deny the request in writing after it is received. If the request is questionable, it shall be presented to the Board of Directors for approval or denial at the next scheduled Board meeting. If a project is started prior to written approval by Management, the project may have to be dismantled, changed or removed. Following is a list of projects that must be approved and also projects that do not need approval.
MANDATORY MANAGEMENT APPROVALS REQUIRED
The following list of projects must be approved in writing by Management.Projects must be started within ninety (90) days of approval and be completed by no later than ninety (90) days from the start date.
- Additions to home within the footprint squared
- Any exterior home modification
- Any landscape curbing or planter
- Energy-saving device
- Enlarge utility or storage shed
- Flag poles and flags
- Install patio
- Install sprinkler system
- New shutters or awnings
- Install yard lights
- Painting the home a different color
- Privacy panels
- Removal or installation of tree
- Resurfacing, enlarging or painting driveway
- Screen-in or enclose room on carport
- Short-wave & ham radio antennas
- Statues or lawn ornaments
PROJECTS NOT REQUIRING MANAGEMENT APPROVAL
- Improvements inside the home
- Painting home the same color
- Replace lawn plugs or sod
- Replace roof (same color)
- Replace windows (check County code)
- Removal of shrubs or flowers
- Replace A/C unit
- Reseal painted driveway
- Storm damage repair to pre-damage state
- Wash home
XIII. RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
- La Casa recreational facilities, including the buildings and activity areas, are for the mutual use of the homeowners and their guests, at their own risk. Hours of use are from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM except for special organized functions that may run later and except for the pools.
- La Casa is a community for older persons, but guests of any age may use all recreational facilities unless otherwise posted. An adult, who is expected to enforce the rules, must accompany all guests under sixteen (16) years of age.
- The scheduling for the use of the recreational facilities is the responsibility of the La Casa Activity Association. In order to avoid conflict in activities, please schedule your event as far in advance as possible. A refundable deposit may be required when reserving any of the La Casa facilities by groups using the kitchen or serving food, to insure the facilities are left in good condition. Reservation forms are available from the Activity Association or online at www.lacasaroc.com.
- No glass containers of any kind are permitted in any of the outdoor recreational areas.
- The Rec Hall Board Room and the Recreation Hall Stage Storage Room shall only be used by the Association Board of Directors, the La Casa Activity Association, and for other functions approved by the Board of Directors or the La Casa Activity Association.
- The Front Office Board Room shall only be used by the Association Board of Directors and Standing Committees.
- Pool rules and spa rules are posted in their respective areas and read as follows.
- Shower before entering the pool (no soap)
- No diving or jumping.
- No babies allowed in pool without swim diapers.
- No food, drink, or glass in fenced pool area except water in non-breakable containers.
- No animals in pool areas.
- No smoking, including e-cigarettes, or vaping inside the fenced pool areas.
- Personal swimming devices allowed (e.g., noodles, vests, swimmies, belts).
- No large flotation devices allowed (e.g., rafts, chairs).
- Put towel on chair before sitting.
- No chair will be left unattended more than 30 minutes (share the chairs).
- No children under sixteen (16) allowed in pool without adult supervision.
- No running, horseplay or physical game playing in pool or pool area. No throwing of objects.
- Rec Hall pool hours are from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Rec Hall pool cleaning occurs between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. Clubhouse pool hours are daylight hours only.
- The large pool at the Rec Hall is reserved for lap swimming daily from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
- No personal electronic devices should be audible to others.
- Do not swallow the pool water, it is recirculated.
- Residents and guests should not use pool if they are sick/ill, have open sores or cuts, or other issues that may spread to others.
- Bathing capacity for Rec Hall pool: forty-five (45) persons; Bathing capacity for Clubhouse pool: sixteen (16) persons.
- For emergencies, call 911. Phones are located at each facility. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located near most facilities and recreational areas.
- Shower before entering (no soap).
- No food, drink, glass or pets in the spa area.
- Bathing capacity for Rec Hall spa: ten persons; Bathing capacity for Clubhouse spa: 6 persons.
- Pregnant women, small children, people with heart problems and people using alcohol, narcotics or other drugs that cause drowsiness should not use spa pools without first consulting a doctor.
- Maximum use is fifteen (15) minutes.
- Children under sixteen (16) must have adult supervision.
- Maximum water temperature is 104 degrees F.
- Spa hours are as posted.
- No personal electronic devices should be audible to others.
- Do not swallow the pool water, it is recirculated.
- Residents and guests should not use spa if they are sick/ill, have open sores or cuts, or other issues that may spread to others.
For emergencies, call 911. Phones are located at each facility. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located near most facilities and recreational areas
- The speed limit in the Park for ALL vehicles is fifteen (15) MPH. Pedestrians have the right of way, but they must observe rules of traffic. Bicyclists, and operators of electric wheelchairs, electric scooters, and golf carts must also observe all traffic rules.
- There is a limit of two vehicles per home. Where there is more than one licensed driver in the household, it is permitted that each driver may have a registered vehicle in the driveway. However, all vehicles must be parked parallel within the driveway and may not encroach upon the grass at any time. There is a maximum of four vehicles per household.
- All resident-owned vehicles must be parked in the resident’s carport, parallel to the driveway. No vehicle may extend into the street when parked in the driveway. Parking on the grass is not allowed except at the La Casa Rec Hall and Clubhouse for events with overflow parking.
- Automobiles of residents or their guests shall not be parked on the street overnight. Short-term parking for guests of residents is permitted on streets, providing that both sides of the street are not blocked. Overnight guests may park temporarily at the Clubhouse or Rec Hall parking lot with written permission from Management. Parking there by guests shall be limited to seven nights without additional Management permission. Authorized identification passes must be obtained from the office and prominently displayed in the front windshield area of the vehicle.
- Management has the right to have unauthorized vehicles towed at the owner’s expense.
- Nothing larger than a pickup truck with a cab-high shell or standard vans will be permitted to be parked at a home site without written approval of the Park Manager, and then only on a limited basis. No trailers of any kind may be parked at a residence or in a La Casa parking lot without written approval of the Park Manager. Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- RV travel trailers, motor homes and boats belonging to residents must be kept in the RV/Boat Compound if space is available, or outside the Park at the owner’s expense if space is not available. Spaces in the RV/Boat Compound are assigned upon request at the office on a first-come, first-served basis.
- RVs and boats may not be parked at the home site except on a temporary basis for a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours for minor servicing, repairs or loading. Violations must be corrected immediately upon notification.
- The rules and regulations for the RV/Boat Compound are posted at the Compound, given to residents when they register at the office, and are stated in these Rules and Regulations.
- No golf-cart-like, ATV vehicles or motorcycles powered by gas or diesel engines are to be driven in the Park, except as used by outside contractors and/or the maintenance department.
- No unregistered or inoperable automobiles shall be kept in the Park.
- All permitted golf-cart-like vehicles must have front headlights and back lights if driven at night. These vehicles shall not be parked overnight on the grass.
- No person under the age of sixteen (16), alone or accompanied by an adult, is permitted to drive a motor vehicle, including golf-cart-like vehicles and electric scooters, in the Park.
- Bicyclists must ride their bicycles in the direction of traffic (right side) and bicycles must be equipped with headlights and rear reflectors when used after dark.
- Pedestrians are advised to wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking after dark and must always walk facing traffic (left side). Violations require 24-hour remediation.
- No vehicles designated “for sale” shall be anywhere on the premises of La Casa except on the driveway or under the carport on the owner’s house. Violations requires 24-hour remediation.
- Electric scooters are permitted in the Park.
- Golf carts and electric scooters must be registered in the office and receive a decal with a unique identifying number for a nominal one-time fee for each new sticker.
XV. BOAT & RV COMPOUND
- This area shall be used only by those Unit Owners/Shareholders paying a fee, as set by the Board of Directors, for storage of RVs and/or boats.
- All vessels, trailers, vehicles or other items or property stored in the RV/Boat Compound must be owned by a La Casa resident.
- Assignments of storage spaces are made through the La Casa office providing space is available. Only motor homes, campers, truck campers and RV travel trailers meeting Florida Statute 320.01 definitions and boats/trailers displaying current and valid license (registration decal) will be assigned a space effective May 1, 2019. The registration must be in the name of the person to whom the site is assigned. On May 1, 2019, only those utility trailers currently assigned to a site will be permitted to remain in the Compound. No additional spaces from this date forward, April 1, 2019, will be given to utility trailers, open or closed. Residents with existing utility trailers are required to meet the following regulations:
- A valid registration must be provided and bear the name of the resident to whom the site is assigned.
- Only one utility trailer per site.
- No utility trailer can be replaced from May 1, 2019 forward. Once the utility trailer is no longer usable, it cannot be replaced and must be removed at the owner’s expense.
- An existing utility trailer may be on-site in combination with a boat/trailer or RV when space length permits as determined by Park Manager.
- Sites currently containing multiple utility trailers must comply with one per site on or before December 31, 2019.
- License and registrations must be kept current to maintain your space. No autos are to be stored in the Compound.
- A La Casa decal with an assigned number shall be located on the port side of any trailer tongue and driver’s side of the RV windshield.
- The storage spaces are numbered and lettered consecutively as indicated on the Compound diagram posted in the La Casa office. Boat/trailer spaces are identified by number and RV spaces by letter. Each storage space is identified by the number or letter on the stake to the right of the storage space.
- The RV or boat/trailer shall be parked to the left of the number or letter without projecting into the access area.
- The Compound shall be locked upon leaving the area unless there is another RV/boat owner in the Compound, in which case that person should be advised that you are leaving the area.
- Spaces are provided for washing and routine maintenance of stored items. A 115-volt outlet and a water faucet are provided at the concrete area for those purposes. There is a limit of twenty-four (24) hours at the maintenance station.
- The Compound shall be kept free of debris. It is the responsibility of the owners of the boats, motor homes and RV travel trailers to keep their area clean. The wash and maintenance stations are each provided with a trash container (with wheels). The trash containers will be placed outside the gate on pick-up days by Park staff.
- Any damage to the gate, stakes, fence or water and electric power outlets shall be reported to the La Casa office for attention and repair by the maintenance staff.
- Owners removing RVs, boats or utility trailers permanently, or for an extended period, shall notify the La Casa office. The La Casa office may reassign spaces vacant for more than ten months to those on the waiting list.
- All loose valuables shall be removed from the RVs/boats or stowed and locked in a safe place.
- La Casa has the legal right to remove any item stored in the RV/Boat Compound that is in violation of the Rules and Regulations at the owner’s expense.
- A maximum of one space in the RV/Boat Compound per unit or rental lot shall be assigned.
XVI. TV AND RADIO ANTENNAS
- The installation of all antennas, including homemade antennas, needs prior written approval by the Park Manager or the Board and must conform to State and local codes.
- No dish antenna over one meter in diameter is permitted. The location of the dish antenna must be pre-approved in writing by Management.
- Amateur radio antennas are limited to two vertical antennas per residence and must be installed to the rear of the house and within 6 feet of the house. The mast and antenna shall not exceed thirty-six (36) feet in combined height. The base of a ground-mounted antenna shall be landscaped 3 feet in diameter.
- The applicant/homeowner must be a radio operator licensed by the FCC.
- For amateur antennas, guy wires, towers and beams are NOT allowed.
XVII. HANDICAP RAMPS
- Handicap ramps, lifts or steps used by people with disabilities, must conform to the American Disability Act Standard and the State of Florida construction standards and will be removed at the homeowner’s expense when no longer needed.
- An application with all the details, together with pictures showing the changes made to the house and the condition to which it will be returned, must be submitted to Park Management by the homeowner prior to applying to the County for a permit.
- Park Management will render a decision within fourteen (14) days after review. A permit from the County shall be applied for on or after the date Management approval is granted.
- When permission is granted to install a handicap ramp, this permission will be granted for that particular individual only. Upon death or departure of that individual or upon determination that the ramp is no longer medically necessary, the ramp shall be removed and the home returned to the original design and condition at no cost to the Corporation.
- Any shareholder, or the designated voter of that shareholder, may present a subject and speak at a Board meeting by filling out a La Casa HOA Agenda Request form, either through the office or online at www.lacasaroc.com.
- Information about the subject he or she will be speaking on MUST be in a written statement and submitted along with the completed request form to the office, or the Board Secretary, no later than two hours prior to the scheduled and posted Board agenda meeting.
- Any shareholder, or the designated voter of that shareholder, may speak on an agenda item that is scheduled on the agenda for that Board meeting.
- At the end of the Board meeting, prior to adjournment, any shareholder, or designated voter of that shareholder, may speak on any item which he or she may choose.
- A three-minute rule applies to all shareholders or designated voter of the shareholder. To speak on the agenda items listed and at open forum, the speaker must provide name and lot number, or address, prior to speaking. A speaker cannot give his or her three minutes to another speaker.
- A Resident Communication Form must be filled out for any suggestion, request, or grievance and submitted to the office, Park Manager, or Secretary of the Board. The Board of Directors or Manager will respond in writing to the resident. Individuals who rent homes from homeowners must refer their suggestion request, or grievance to his or her landlord.
- The Corporation reserves the right to terminate tenancy of any homeowner for disregarding Park Rules and Regulations in accordance with Florida Statutes 719 and 723.
- If any portion of these Rules and Regulations be contrary to any applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance, that portion of the Rules and Regulations shall not apply or be enforced. However, the other provisions of these Rules and Regulations shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.
- Enforcement procedure: Once a written complaint is received regarding the violation of a Rule or Regulation, a letter is sent via U.S. Postal Service by the Park Manager stipulating what rule was disregarded with notice of the correction to be made within fourteen (14) days. If there has been no correction after fourteen (14) days, a certified letter is sent via U.S. Postal Service directing legal action at the end of another fourteen (14) day window. Should correction still not be made, the matter will be turned over to the Park attorney. If there is no correction after fourteen (14) days, a certified letter is sent via U. S. Postal Service explaining that, under Florida Statute 719.303, there is the possibility of suspension of the use of the common elements, common facilities, and other Association property, as well, as the possible levy of a reasonable fine. Said fine, to be determined by the Board of Directors, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) (or in such other amount as allowed by law), as stipulated in paragraph 22 of the La Casa Proprietary Lease, and no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) as stipulated in Florida Statute 719.303 (3).
- If the Park Manager notices a violation such as parking on the grass or parking overnight, a Violation Tag is placed on the vehicle as a first notice.
- Violations that require remediation within 24 hours are individually indicated.
XX. VARIANCE FROM RULES
- The Corporation, by action of its HOA Board, reserves the right to change its Rules and Regulations at any time.
- When the Board determines that strict compliance to these Rules and Regulations would create an undue hardship on a homeowner requesting a variance from these Rules and Regulations then, upon written presentation of all the facts surrounding the reason for the variance being provided to the Board by the requesting party, the Board may consider and grant such variance. This action shall require a two-thirds approval vote of the full