Water's Edge Condos at Heritage Oak Park in Port Charlotte Florida Condos- Pt Charlotte FL - Water's Edge - Rules
FAQ's

FAQ's        Question and Answer Sheet

January 1, 2018

Water's Edge at Heritage Oak Park Association, Inc.
QUESTION AND ANSWER SHEET
As of 1/01/2018

Q.        WHAT ARE MY VOTING RIGHTS IN THE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION?

A. Each condominium unit shall be entitled to one vote at Association meetings. Votes may be cast in person or by proxy. If a Unit is owned jointly by more than one person or entity, the vote to which the unit is entitled may be cast by any of the joint owners; provided, however, that if more than one of the joint owners cast the vote to which their unit is entitled, said vote shall be apportioned equally among such of the joint owners as cast the vote.

Q.        WHAT RESTRICTIONS EXIST IN THE CONDOMINIUM DOCUMENTS ON MY RIGHT TO USE MY UNIT?

A. Units may be used only for residential purposes. There are several restrictions on the use of your unit, which include limitations on; nuisances, pets ,  Only one dog or cat is allowed in each unit, parking- not allowed to park overnight any commercial truck, boats, camper, motor home, trailer, mobile home or similar vehicle in ay parking area (other than enclosed garage), except as may be permitted in writing by the Board, and leasing -you may not divide or subdivide a unit for purposes of sale or lease.  Additional rules and regulations concerning the use of the condominium property (including the units) may be made and amended from time by the Board of Directors. THIS LIST IS NOT ALL INCLUSIVE. PLEASE REFER TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF YOUR UNITS.

Q.        WHAT RESTRICTIONS EXIST IN THE CONDOMINIUM DOCUMENTS ON THE LEASING OF MY UNIT?

A.  No unit owner may lease a unit for a period of less than (3) three months in duration and only the entire Unit may be leased.

Q.        HOW MUCH ARE MY ASSESSMENTS TO THE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION FOR MY UNIT TYPE AND WHEN ARE THEY DUE?

A. Assessments for the Association are due on the first day of the first, fourth, seventh and tenth months (January, April, July, and October) of each fiscal year in the amount of $670.00. Any assessments not paid when due shall bear interest from the due date until paid at the rate of 18% per annum or such other legally permissible rate as may be established by resolution of the Board.

Q. DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER IN ANY OTHER ASSOCIATION? IF SO, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION AND WHAT ARE MY VOTING RIGHTS IN THIS ASSOCIATION? ALSO, HOW MUCH ARE MY ASSESSMENTS?

A. Yes  The Heritage Oak Park Community Association. The assessment for this Association is
$8.67 per unit per month and is included in the Water's Edge at Heritage Oak Park Association assessment.

Q.        AM I REQUIRED TO PAY RENT OR LAND USE FEES FOR RECREATIONAL OR OTHER COMMONLY USED FACILITIES? IF SO, HOW MUCH AM I OBLIGATED TO PAY ANNUALLY?
A.        No.

Q: IS THE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OR OTHER MANDATORY MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION INVOLVED IN ANY COURT CASES IN WHICH IT MAY FACE LIABILITY IN EXCESS OF $100,000? IF SO, IDENTIFY EACH SUCH CASE.
A,        No.

NOTE: THE STATEMENTS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE ONLY SUMMARY IN NATURE. A PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER SHOULD REFER TO ALL REFERENCES, EXHIBITS HERETO, THE SALES CONTRACT, AND THE CONDOMINIUM GOVERNING DOCUMENTS.

Condo Document Rules and Regulations

Rules
 OR BOOK 1779 PAGE 2097
13. RESTRICTIONS UPON USE. No owner, tenant or other occupant of a Condominium unit shall:

(a) Use the unit for other than residence purposes (except that Developer may use a unit as a model for sales purposes);

(b) do any of the following without prior written consent of the Association board of directors: paint or otherwise change the appearance of any exterior wall, door, window, patio or any exterior surface; place any sunscreen, blind or awning on any exterior opening; place any draperies or curtains at the windows of any unit without a solid, light color liner facing the exterior of the unit; tint, color or otherwise treat or apply anything to any window which will adversely affect the uniform exterior appearance of the building; plant any planting outside of a unit; erect any exterior lights or signs; place any signs or symbols in windows or on any exterior surface; erect or attach any structures or fixtures within the common elements; make any structural additions or alterations (except the erection or removal of non-support carrying interior partitions wholly within the unit) to any unit or to the common elements; nor fasten any objects to the walls or ceiling of a unit unless they may be removed without substantial damage to the wall or ceiling structure;

(c) Permit loud and objectionable noises or obnoxious odors to emanate from the unit or the common elements which may cause a nuisance to the occupants of other units in the sale opinion of the board;

(d) Make any use of a unit which violates any laws, ordinances or regulations of any govenm1ental body;

(e) fail to conform to and abide by this declaration, the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the Association, and the uniform rules and regulations in regard to the use of the units and the common elements which may be adopted from time to time by the board of directors, or fail to allow the board of directors access to the unit as permitted by the condominium act;

(f) erect, construct or maintain any wire, antennas, garbage or refuse receptacles, or other equipment or structures on the exterior of the building or on or in any of the common elements, except with the written consent of the Association board of directors;

(g) Permit or suffer anything to be done or kept in his condominium unit or in the common elements which will increase insurance rates on any unit or on the common property;

(h) Commit or permit any public or private nuisance in the unit or in or on the common elements;

(i) Divide or subdivide a unit for purpose of sale or lease except to the owner of an adjacent unit (however a unit may be combined with an adjacent unit and occupied as one unit);

(j) Obstruct the common way of ingress or egress to the other units or the common elements;


(k) Hang any laundry, garments or other unsightly objects which are visible outside of the unit;

 (I) allow anything to remain in the common elements which would be unsightly or hazardous;


(m) Allow any rubbish, refuse, garbage or trash to accumulate in places other than the receptacles provided therefor, and or fail to keep the unit and the limited common elements appurtenant thereto in a clean and sanitary condition at al\ times;

(n) Allow any fire or health hazard to exist in or about the unit;

(o) make use of the common elements in such a manner as to abridge the rights of the other unit owners to their use and enjoyment;

(p) rent or lease a single room or less than an entire unit;

(q) lease a unit for a period of less than three months;

(r ) allow any animal to be kept in the unit other than one dog or one cat,  caged birds, and small marine animals in aquariums, all of which shall be kept in conformity with the rules and regulations of the board of directors of the Association, provided that in the event any animal becomes a nuisance to the other unit owners in the sole opinion of the board of directors, such animal shall be removed from the unit immediately; or allow any authorized pets to use the common elements except when on a leash accompanied by its owner and then only so long as the pet does not make a mess or otherwise disturb the common elements;

(s) park overnight any commercial truck, boats, camper, motor home, trailer, mobile home or similar vehicle in any parking area (other than in all enclosed garage), except as may be permitted in writing by the board and except service vehicles during the time they are actually serving the unit or common elements;

(t) Store a golf cart any place other than in that unit's carport or garage; or

(u) Enclose a limited common element area, such as an entry area, without the written consent of the board of directors as to installation and design of the enclosure. Once any such enclosure is installed, maintenance thereof shall be the sole responsibility of the unit owner;

(v) Use or store a cooking grill within or about the unit or any balcony, lanai or patio; or

(w) Discharge saline or other regenerating solution from water softening equipment or any other chemicals into any street, easement, surface water drain or portion of the common elements so as to harmfully affect any .lawn or landscaping or pollute the Heritage Oak Park drainage system.
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Board Rules and Owners Responsibility
The Waters Edge Condo Association Board by a Resolution has established additional rules in accordance with the Waters Edge Condo Declaration of Covenants Use Restriction and Florida Chapter 718 governing units;  The Rules and Regulations Use Restrictions are included in your condominium Documents. Renters should have a copy and must follow the rules. Any questions please contact the Waters Edge Board 941-623-0298.

Sales/Rentals:
 The Board of Directors must approve all proposed sales, leases, and transfers of units. No person may occupy a unit as a new owner, tenant, or other transferee without the prior written approval of the Board of Directors. Leasing a unit for rent for less than three (3) months is not allowed. Also, rentals of a single room or less than an entire unit are not allowed. An application form is required to be completed for any sale or rental, signed and forwarded to Waters Edge Condo Association. Owners will be held responsible for any and all damages to the association common property.

Garage Owners:
 Garages are attached to the unit and are not real estate, they are limited common elements. They cannot be sold or rented separately from the unit. Garages cannot be sold or rented to anyone outside the Water’s Edge Condo Membership.

Insurance:
 The Association maintains property insurance coverage for all buildings and other structures as required by Florida State Statues. Also, Directors and Officers liability, fidelity bonding, and workers compensation. Each unit owner must obtain and maintain adequate insurance upon his unit and personal property covering those items not included within the associations insurance requirements.  

KEYS:
 Provide the Board with a key. The Association must have access to unit in case of emergency and maintenance repair. The unit key will only be used if there is an emergency or suspected problem inside the unit.

Disaster Plan:
Waters Edge Condo Association has a disaster plan in place. We work in conjunction with the Heritage Oak Park Community Disaster Committee. We will need resident volunteers in event of a storm to check on residents and units. Please make sure the Board has your current phone number and / or Email addresses. Electric and water to the unit should be shut off prior to leaving. (See detail Preparation plan).

Hurricane Shutters  The Association has shutter specifications included in our documents as an amendment. Accordion shutters on all windows. Hurricane shutters may be closed at the beginning of the season or May 1. They must be reopened upon returning or by November 1. Shutters should be secured but the entry door NOT locked and only if you are leaving the area or gone for the summer. The Association must have access to unit in case of emergency. If a storm is approaching your designated person should lock the shutters. If you have a friend or family member securing your home please notify the Board with the contact information for that person. Make certain they know how to operate your shutters. Please advise the Board of your departure and return dates. (Review amendment)

Decoration on Entry Way:
No material alteration of exterior walls without written permission.
Screen doors must be white metal and any ornament attached must be white.
Screen doors must not be kept in the opened position.
No permanent hanging materials on entry walls. (Must be able to return to original condition).
Door hangings and wall decorations (non-permanent) are allowed.
Decorations in keeping with seasonal and/or any holiday.
Fire pulls must be clearly visible and unobstructed. No objects can be placed over.
       Or around fire pulls as to hide it from view.
Stairways and walkways must be clear and unobstructed.
No garbage kept outside door or on walkways.
Garden ornamental stakes and trellis are not allowed in the landscaping bushes or lawn.


Landscape:
Please report any landscape issue to the Waters Edge Condo Board via completed landscape form or note into the Association mail box. A Board member will inform the Landscape Company of any work required. Only the Association Board will mulch the property the mulch that was installed is Melaleuca which is called FloriMulch and is termite resistant. Please do not mix or add any other mulch on your own unless it is Melaleuca and Board approved. All plants and bushes around the buildings, stairs, and walkways must be kept clear of intruding limbs. Bushes must be kept at a height of no more than 36inches. No vines or other plants should be growing onto or attached to any portion of building stucco or stairs.

Lanai Maintenance:
 The Association is responsible to paint the exterior walls of the lanais. The Association is also responsible to maintain the unfinished surface (concrete slab) of the balcony floor because it is part of the common elements. The Association may remove balcony floor coverings at the owners expense. The unit owner would then be responsible to reinstall and/or repair the balcony floor coverings at his/her sole cost and expense.

Maintenance:
The Association is responsible for all common area maintenance; (i.e.) lawn, landscape, walkways, and roadway. The assessment dues include water. Common area maintenance should be reported to the Waters Edge Condo Board. Please complete the maintenance form or note into the condo mail box for determination of action needed.

Unit Owners Maintenance Responsibility:

  Insurance:
 Each unit owner must obtain and maintain adequate insurance upon his unit and personal property covering those items not included within the associations insurance requirements. Owners Proof of insurance is required to be submitted to the Waters Edge Board of Directors once per year or upon renewal. . Owners can be fined if no evidence of insurance is submitted. By Florida State Law the H06 Unit owner policy must obtain a minimum $2,000 of a Property Loss Assessment coverage and Law and Ordinance coverage. The association can be named as additional insured and loss payee on all policies. In the Name of:  Water's Edge at Heritage Oak Park Association, Inc.


  Air Conditioner:
If you are a seasonal, part time, or vacant owner of your unit the A/C must still be operational. A designated family member, person, or friend should be inspecting your unit at least once a month while you are gone. Give the Board their name and contact number.
A/C   Follow the FPL or your authorized A/C technician recommendations for the proper thermostat settings or occupied or vacant homes. It is recommended to set thermostat to 78  F while home with the thermostat fan switch on auto and 82   or higher    while out  briefly in the summer. Heat your home at 68  degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switch on "auto." 
1)    Seasonal or vacant for condos: 77O  degrees is recommended to prevent mold and mildew. If you have a programmable thermostat set to 71 degrees for four hours before sunrise and 88  degrees for all
2)    other hours. Set your manual thermostat to 800 degrees while you are away and make sure it is set to
b.     "Auto" rather than fan."
c.   Clean or change your A/C  filter once a month. Keep HVAC drip pans clean.   
d.     It is recommended that the air conditioner should be professionally serviced once a year to clean drain and
e.     coils to prevent blockage and leakage.

Humidistat  Have air conditioning service professional calibrate humidistat and follow the recommended settings according to whether you have a parallel or series wired. Humidistat in conjunction with your A/C and whether you unit is occupied or vacant. If your unit is vacant it is recommended to set it at 65 F. If you have a humidistat, set it to 58  to help prevent mold and mildew.    

Water:
 Immediately fix all water leaks. Regularly check for any leaking pipes, faucets or running toilet.    Inspect under and around sinks and vanities for the hoses and signs of water leakage. The Main water valve to the unit is located outside the unit and tagged with unit number. If your unit is vacant shut the water off from the outside valve.  Plumbing leaks that are unattended, water running under kitchen or bathroom cabinets when fixtures are in use, and air conditioning system condensate leaks into the building or into the HVAC duct work are examples of indoor leaks that can lead to a mold problem if not promptly attended. Plumbing leaks will affect the water cost to the Association.

Mold:
 Mold is destructive to buildings and property. Moisture control is the key to mold control. Where humidity is consistently 70% or higher without A/C mold or mildew can grow. Decrease mold growth by lowering the humidity within your unit. Although mold can (and does) occur in almost every room in the house, bathrooms, closets and bedrooms are the three areas that most commonly experience mold problems. Keep closet doors open so air will circulate.

Lanai:
Since the balconies are part of the unit and not part of the common elements, the unit owners must maintain, repair, and replace the balconies. This would also include screening, glass and other materials that the owners install to enclose the balcony or lanai. The unit owners cannot paint these walls or otherwise change the exterior appearance of the units without the Boards written permission. The unit owners are responsible to maintain tiling, carpet and other floor coverings to the balcony.

Dry Vents:
Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every use to prevent clogging and a fire hazard. Check and Clean Hose to vent for e

Fire Extinguishers:
Fire extinguishers are required to be in all units at the expense of the unit owner. It is an association insurance requirement that they be kept in good working and inspected annually. The garage buildings also have extinguishers available on the outside wall for any fire event.

Smoke Detectors:
Each unit is equipped with smoke detectors. The batteries should be placed annually, unless other detector is used that does not require batteries.

Interior Pest Control:
Currently Pest Eliminators performs this annual interior service in December. If you were not at home, please call to reschedule since this is a contracted service. 941-766-0902. If there any problems at any time during the year please call Pest Eliminators directly.

Waste Management:
Waste Management picks up the trash in the dumpsters. Please do not leave anything outside the dumpster as it will not be picked up. If any large items that do not fit into the dumpster please call Waste Management at 639-1106 for a special pickup at your condo address dumpster area. These dumpsters are for Waters Edge residents only.

Pets:
All pets must be kept on a leash. Pet litter must be picked up, bagged and place in the trash.

Wildlife:
 Feeding of any wildlife is not allowed by Florida State Law.


OWNERS AND RENTERS
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Welcome to Water's Edge Condominiums.

The Water’s Edge Board of Directors would like to familiarize you as an Owner and/or Renter/Guest with some of the Restrictions on the use of your Unit. All Owners were provided with Governing Documents which are the Declaration of Covenants and the Declaration of Condominium with the purchase of their property. It is the Owners’ and Tenants’ RESPONSIBILITY to comply with the Restrictions in these Documents. THIS IS A REFERNECE GUIDE ONLY.

Renters should contact your Landlord or Realtor with problems within your unit. Also, please inform a Board Member at the same time, if it concerns WATER, MOLD OR A SAFETY, or HEALTH HAZARD.

Highlighted below are the limitations on Nuisances, Pets, Parking, Entry Ways, Lanais, Walkways, and Stairs etc

NO Occupant shall permit loud and objectionable noises or obnoxious odors to emanate from the unit to neighboring
 Units and common areas.

ENTRY WAYS: STAIRS: WALKWAYS: LANAIS FLOWER BEDS: COMMON AREAS: Residents may decorate
       Their entry to their enjoyment, personal preference and individuality as long as it is not unsightly or does not interfere
       with safety and health. Our Board will the notify residents if they feel this is not to our standards.
Walls must be able to return to original condition.
Fire pulls clearly visible and unobstructed.
Stairways and walkways must be clear and unobstructed.
Feeding of wildlife is prohibited. (Alligators, squirrels, birds, etc.)
Bug, insect and vermin problems please call PEST ELIMINATORS for free service (941.766.0902).
No garbage kept outside door or walkways.
No hanging of laundry garments or storing other unsightly objects which are visible from outside the unit.
 No storage or use of Outdoor Cooking Grills within or outside the unit.
All plantings, including bushes, flowers, and trees are the associations responsibility. Any additional plantings
      are subject to board approval.
Irrigation problems call Mainscape at 1.800.481.0096 for free service

BIKES: They should be stored in storage units, garages or in Bike Racks provided and should not obstruct entry ways and walkway

PARKING: Unit is assigned one covered carport space other vehicles (current rule) and Visitors may use
marked Visitors parking spaces. Golf carts are to be parked in assigned space or garage. Double parking, parking on grass or blocking other vehicles is not allowed. No long term outside parking anywhere for Commercial trucks, boats, campers, motor homes, trailers or similar vehicles.

PETS: Current rules allow only one dog (A restricted list of breeds are forbidden) or one cat, caged birds and small marine animals in aquariums. Dogs must be CLEANED UP AFTER and shall not be left unattended on Lanais. Authorized pets may use the common elements when on a leash accompanied by owner. In the event of any animal becomes a nuisance to other unit owners at the sole option of the Board of Directors, owners shall be fined or such animal shall be removed from the unit.

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Recycling is available at Water’s Edge enclosed Dumpster's Areas. Please do not leave anything outside the Dumpster. If any large items do not fit into the Dumpster please call Waste management
 at 800 255 7172 for Special pickup at your condos addresses dumpster area. This service is free.

PEST CONTROL: Annual service is in December. Any pest problems call Pest Eliminators at 941-766-0902 call back service is free of charge for routine service. Notify Board if any infestations of any kind.

UNIT ACCESS If you change your locks please provide the association a key for emergency use The Board of Directors has the Right to Access your Unit in case of emergency or suspected problem inside your unit WITHOUT your presence. Please make sure we have a Contact Number and security code if premises are alarmed.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE NOTICES are POSTED on the BULLETIN BOARD over the MAILBOXES.
Please make arrangements with the board if you will not be home.

Information on park activities can be found in the monthly Oak Leaf magazine available at the lodge or at the web site http://www.heritageoakpark.com