The HOA board is committed to preserving homeowner equity and common assets. To ensure this the HOA board enforces the document titled The Gates CCR1 which homeowners receive at or before settlement. The on-line version is in PDF format and can be searched by words or phrases. Email the covenant committee or the architectural committee with questions or pre-approval requests.
Here is a brief summary of the basic covenant rules and policies which are the most commonly violated. Consult the online DPCCR for the full text.
- Home additions/porches must be pre-approved and have a bonded contractor
- Fences must be pre-approved
- Only 2 cars are allowed in driveways overnight and no cars are allowed to be parked in the street overnight.
- Garbage cans should not be visible from the street (this includes having them on the side of the house)
- Livestock/poultry are not allowed.
- ANY changes to the exterior of any home, including, but not limited to painting, doors, windows, trim and roofs must be pre-approved even if using the same colors.
- No garden sheds are allowed
- Clean up after your dog(s) if they mess in someone else’s yard. (Fulton county requires pets to be leashed)
- Mailboxes which are knocked over or are not self-supported should be replaced ASAP.
If a covenant violation is noticed the following steps are taken:
- A first written warning will be delivered to the homeowner’s mailbox with 10 days given to rectify the problem.
- If the problem is not resolved in 10 days, a second warning violation will be sent via certified mail. The second notice includes a $25 fine and another 10 days to resolve the problem.
- If the violation is still not resolved after the second 10 day period, the HOA Board may charge fines at $10 per violation, per day, revoke a homeowners voting privileges and action can be taken up to and including a lien on the homeowners property at the homeowners expense.
- A cycle of multiple violations and rectification of the same covenant violation within a year will not require a first notice. At the HOA board discretion, repeat violations may begin with the second notice procedures.