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San Lorenzo Village Homes Association
Enforcement of CC&Rs


Violations of CC&Rs ("covenants, conditions, and restrictions" on deeds of property within the association's jurisdiction) are identified either through complaints to the association or observation by association staff. Violations are usually corrected as a result of a friendly letter from the association. If necessary, the association will send three letters to a property owner for the same violation before referring the matter to the association's counsel. Thus, the number of attorney referrals in the tables below indicates the number of property owners who neglected or refused to correct a violation. The association has the power to levy fines on homeowners for repeated violation of the CC&Rs. The number of letters reported in the tables is the total of all first, second, and third letters; the majority are first-time letters.

1993 - 1996 -- The number of attorney referrals in 1992-93 was considerably less than in previous years because of the association's newly acquired ability to levy fines. A member survey in January 1995 indicated a desire for greater CC&R enforcement. Thus in 1995 the association expanded the administrative clerk's responsibilities to include CC&R enforcement, and the number of warning letters sent in 1995 increased 31% compared to 1994. The number of warning letters sent in 1996 increased considerably (83%) over 1995 because of greater efforts at enforcement.

1993

1994

1995

1996


Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Vehicle storage or repairs 2657 23410 27611 46112
Boat/trailer kept on lot 1042 1113 1494 2512
Lack of general maintenance 2092 1896 2697 6229
Parking on unpaved area 874 731 1172 1905
Other (noise etc.) 1070 810 922 1261

Total 77215 68820 90326 1,65029


1997 - 2000 -- The number of warning letters sent in 1999 was 8.5% greater than in 1998 but less than in 1995-96. Enforcement in 2000 was down considerably from previous years (31% less than 1999). The SLVHA president reported that the decrease was due to "staff turnover, an increase in workload, and the Administrator's undergoing major surgeries this year." Data on referrals to the association's attorney were not available for 2000.

1997

1998

1999

2000


Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Letters
Refer to
attorney

Vehicle storage or repairs 1492 1336 1214 97NA
Boat/trailer kept on lot 1343 1360 1182 77NA
Lack of general maintenance 31213 3526 50610 324NA
Parking on unpaved area 922 551 501 37NA
Other (noise etc.) 1050 660 720 66NA

Total 79220 74213 86717 601NA


2001 - 2010 -- Data on referrals to the association's attorney were not available for 2001, but became available again as of 2002. The number of referrals for 2003 - 2005 were much higher than in previous years, but by 2009-10 had fallen to zero. In 2004 formal hearings before the association's board were instituted as a means of resolving CC&R violations that are not corrected by homeowners after receiving a warning letter. Also in 2004 the association began keeping data on property complaints referred to the county's Code Enforcement Section. Referrals to the county are in lieu of CC&R enforcement by the association, and are done where the association believes the county can act more quickly and decisively in correcting a property condition.

Number of Warning Letters
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Vehicle storage or repairs 220 191 199 242 166 155 165 209 133 167
Boat/trailer kept on lot 101 100 123 95 98 69 65 73 100 86
Lack of general maintenance 375 296 451 403 422 591 815 436 480 972
Parking on unpaved area 50 49 49 35 30 49 58 57 66 55
Other (noise etc.) 87 90 83 125 126 142 253 380 368 291
Holiday lights (out of season) 101 78 47 54 70 84 90 49 56 84
Total 934 804 1012 954 912 1090 1446 1204 1203 1655
Association Hearings NA NA NA 44 200 317 304 364 250 209
Referrals to attorney NA 16 38 49 45 37 9 1 0 0
Referrals to county NA NA NA 339 214 168 206 182 215 147