Community-Wide Standard – What It Means and Why It Is Important
The “Community-Wide Standard” as referenced in all of the Daniel Island CC&Rs (legal governing documents) is defined as – “The Community-Wide Standard that is expected throughout the community is a standard of conduct, maintenance, or other activity generally prevailing throughout the Properties and that such standard may be more specifically determined by the Board of Directors and the Architectural Review Board.”
The Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association (DIPOA) and the Daniel Island Architectural Review Board (DIARB) staff are tasked with making sure that this community-wide standard is upheld. We do this on a daily basis by enforcing the CC&Rs via our code enforcement inspections as well as through concerns or complaints we receive via our owners that we follow-up on. It is a multi-pronged approach that we follow in order to protect the rights and property values of all owners. By the authority provided in our CC&Rs, we are utilizing a consistent and effective code enforcement system to enforce community/property maintenance standards through communication, notification, follow-up and remedy of violations or deficiencies in standards. We value, benefit from and appreciate property owner’s eyes on the ground to alert us to problems they see in addition to our proactive inspections.
To learn more about what the governing documents say for your particular association, the CC&Rs for our 3 Associations (DICA, DIPA and DITA) can be accessed via our community website at www.dicommunity.org under the Resources/POA Documents tab. While there are “specific” prohibitions for many specific areas of enforcement, there is a more “all inclusive” excerpt, referenced in Section 5.2 of the CC&Rs where it addresses Owner’s Responsibility. It states that, “Each owner shall maintain his or her Unit, and all structures, parking areas, driveways, landscaping, fences, and other improvements comprising the Unit, in a manner consistent with the Community-Wide Standard, the Design Guidelines and the Zoning Ordinance and all applicable covenants, unless such maintenance responsibility is otherwise assumed by or assigned to the Association.”
As is common in large scale planned communities throughout the country, one of the more prevalent causes of a lack of upkeep of homes or units, can be attributed to a lack of understanding of the rules and clear communication between owners and their renters/tenants occupying their homes or when a home is unoccupied. While this is certainly not an across the board condition, as there are many renters who treat a home/unit like it is their own, there is more of a prevalence of code related issues with homes that are either renter/tenant occupied, unoccupied or are managed by a Property Management company.
On Daniel Island, the DIPOA and DIARB communicate officially with the “owner” and or their property manager and not the renter/tenant. This communication is more effective as ultimately the responsibility to perform the maintenance or upkeep is the owner’s as is stated in the governing documents. This helps ensure that the owner or their property manager makes sure that the community standard is upheld as it is their responsibility to communicate this to their renter/tenant.
Should you have any questions or are unsure of any of the rules of the Associations, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your question, concern or complaint and we will direct it on to the appropriate staff member who can best answer the question and resolve the matter.