Little Falls Village Maintenance Corporation
Little Falls Village New Neighbor Helpful Tips
The LFV Maintenance Corporation is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Delaware and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors which is made up of seven homeowners who volunteer their time and energy to manage the community. The Board’s charter and primary duty is to preserve the integrity of the community and maintain the appearance of the neighborhood. The guidelines used are the LFV Declaration of Restrictions and the LFVMC Bylaws. Both of these documents are found in the Document Center of our website. All residents should be familiar with these documents.
Mastriana Property Management is our management company who collects our monthly maintenance fee of $125 from homeowners. Your maintenance fee includes garbage/recycling pickups, lawn maintenance and snow removal. Payment must be sent to Mastriana Property Management, 5500 Skyline Drive, Suite 6, Wilmington, DE 19808, (302) 234-4860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to give you this list of helpful tips.
- Our website is: “lfvmc.org” … Contact a Board member for the password to access the Documents tab.
- We issue a very comprehensive newsletter bi-monthly via email (email@example.com). Those residents without email will receive it by mail.
- Garbage pickup is every Thursday. Every other Thursday is Recycle pick up. If a holiday falls during the week, trash/recycle pickup will be on Friday of that week. Garbage cans get be placed by the curb starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday night.
- We use Forever Green Landscaping for our lawn care and snow removal. Lawn cutting is on Fridays during the cutting season. Flower beds are mulched in the spring, 4 fertilizations are applied to lawns and shrubs are trimmed once in the spring and once in the fall. Snow removal is as needed and includes your driveway and sidewalks as well as all streets and parking areas.
- We have a Common Property Committee that will handle issues associated with your street. If you have a landscaping or snow removal issue, please contact your assigned committee person.
- Any changes made to the exterior of your home must request permission through a request for approval by the Architectural and Landscape Review Committee. These changes include removal/replacement of trees, bushes, driveways, walks, decks, porches, etc. This information is on the website.
- We have open board meetings 6 times a year, an open budget meeting in December and an open annual meeting in May. All are announced in the newsletter and noted on our website. We encourage residents to attend.
- We have a Social Committee that organizes dinners and cocktail parties at the Clubhouse. These are also listed in newsletters and the website.
- We have a Book Club that meets every other month. We have a Bridge Club that meets every Tuesday evening at the Clubhouse. We have a Canasta Club that meets every Thursday evening at the Clubhouse. Information can be found in the newsletter.
- The Clubhouse is available to rent for private parties. That information is on the website.
We hope this helps get you started. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact anyone of the following who can either answer your question or refer you to the person that can answer your questions.
Bob Krajeski, President, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-628-4198
Jane Steele, Secretary, email@example.com, 302-998-6460
Carmen Casanova, LFV Newsletter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-598-4483
Jon Mastriana, Mastriana Property Mgmt, email@example.com, 302-234-4860
What Are Deed of Restrictions Anyway???
When our community was developed, the developer filed with the state a series of documents designed to uphold the integrity of our community and spell out the duties of our association, and the responsibilities of each of us, the owners. Those documents are often referred to as the governing documents are made up of the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws, and the Deed of Restrictions.
The Articles of Incorporation is a document that must be filed with the Secretary of State. It simply states that a non-profit corporation is being formed. The Bylaws dictate the powers and duties of the Board of Directors (when meetings occur, how the Board is elected, etc.) The Deed of Restrictions dictate the powers and duties of the corporation and regulate both the physical characteristics of our development and the lifestyles of our residents. Of all of the governing documents, the Deed of Restrictions are often the least understood but inarguably the most important.
In order to close escrow on your home, you signed a series of papers, one of which stated that you had read the Deed of Restrictions and agree to abide by them. When escrow closed, you entered in to a contractual agreement with the other owners in our community to conform to the dictates of those Deed of Restrictions. This is where some owners get confused. The confusion, however, is easily cleared up once the Deed of Restrictions are read, or re-read as the case may be. After all, how many of you actually read and understood the Deed of Restrictions before closing escrow? Those that did are to be applauded. The rest of us have had to take a crash-course on the Deed of Restrictions through trial and error.
Often we have found out that we are in non-compliance to the Deed of Restrictions through correspondence received by our management company. So, we dust off that old copy of the Deed of Restrictions and, sure enough, there it is in black and white, the exact restriction that we completely forgot about. Being responsible owners we correct the situation and, armed with a new-found knowledge of our Deed of Restrictions, we continue with our lives, undisturbed (that is, until we “forget” something else and have to go through the process once again). Often we focus on the “pain in the neck” aspect of our Deed of Restrictions, but by doing so we miss the real beauty of their purpose. The Deed of Restrictions provide a structural framework to help residents of different backgrounds, ideals, and perceptions to live together in harmony and by doing so, the community and our property values benefit.
If we had no architectural controls (as spelled out in the Deed of Restrictions) or no ability to correct violations of the Rules & Regulations, then there would be no harmony and ultimately our community and our property values would suffer. In other words, the Deed of Restrictions are good business…they help ensure that our property values are maintained and our investments protected.
Example: What would the impact on your property values be if your neighbor decided to repair automobiles in his parking area as a part-time job and decided to advertise with a big sign he nailed to the roof of his building? Furthermore, in order to attract attention to the sign, he painted his building bright red. This example may be a little over the top, but it applies equally to the neighbor who doesn’t maintain his/her living area. The bottom line is that your property values would suffer. No one would want to buy your home and have to live next to such “chaos”. Since market values are affected by the law of supply and demand, if the demand (or attractiveness) of your community is poor, then the supply (or cost) is reduced. When the demand is high (the community is aesthetically attractive) then the supply (or property values) are increased. The Deed of Restrictions promote conformity, which encourages harmony, which has a positive impact on the value of our community.
So, If you get a letter from the management company explaining why you are in non-compliance with the Deed of Restrictions take a moment to remember what the spirit of the Deed of Restrictions embrace (protection of your investment) and be thankful that our Board of Directors are taking their job seriously and are working to protect, preserve and enhance our property values.
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