Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about the annual audit. With this expanded article, we are hoping to make the process easy and as painless as possible for everyone. Along with a written guide as to the items the team will inspect, we have included a number of attachments to clarify some of the standards including a copy of the gray scale, a copy of the new DFCA Door Standards, and a labeled diagram of a townhouse. You can refer to these attachments as you review the outline of the audit standards.
- Colors will be those approved by the Association.
- Doors and shutters will be the same approved color unless a waiver has been granted. Please refer to the new DFCA Door Standards in the Documents section of the community website or see the separate article in this newsletter.
- Trim paint is to be white-white only.
- Minor chipping or a dull finish is acceptable. Peeling or chipping of paint involving more than 10% constitutes a violation.
- The exterior siding should not be discolored by mold moss for more than 10% of the visible surface.
- Soiling of more than 10% of the visible surface of a painted surface is acceptable up to a gray scale of 30% (50% for the visible exterior of gutters).
- Discoloration by rust of more than 10% of the surface of a side or roof of an auxiliary structure (storage shed) constitutes a violation.
- Fences will be weathered natural, pressure treated wood or redwood unless a waiver has been given.
- Soiling or chipping of more than 10% of any non-white surface is a violation.
- Spalling or chipping of wall greater than 50% is a violation.
- Cracks in walks and patios are permissible as long as the sections are not displaced more than 1 inch vertically or 2 inches horizontally.
- Erosion to the point of exposing the bottom edge of the concrete structure is a violation.
- A missing sidewalk panel or front stoop is a violation.
- Cracks in masonry walls must be less than ½ inch in width.
- Boards should be secure. Having loose or missing boards is a violation.
- Gates must close fully.
- If your fence is out of plumb by more than 10 degrees, it is a violation.
- Painted fences will be evaluated according to the criteria for painted surfaces.
- Temporary storage of construction materials on Common Grounds must be approved by the ACC.
- Storage of personal property on Common Grounds is not permitted.
- Storage of personal property outside of the area other than that enclosed by the two side fences and the rear of the unit is a violation.
- It is a violation to keep large appliances, old furniture intended for indoor use, or other items that cause an unkempt appearance, in the rear yard.
- Storage sheds must be approved by the ACC.
- Storage sheds should not extend above 7’ at the peak of the roof.
- The exterior surface will be evaluated according to the criteria for painted surfaces.
- Grass or other low growing ground cover that does not exceed 6 inches in height is permissible. Mulch is permissible while a growing ground cover is in the process of covering an area or in lieu of growing ground cover in areas that are blocked from an adequate amount of light to permit the growth of ground cover.
- The yard is to be covered by at least 50% ground cover or mulch.
- Flower beds and other planting areas will not be considered if they are defined by clear borders from the general area of the yard.