How The DIPOA Enforces The Community Wide Standard

The Daniel Island Property Owners Association office has a history of 20+ years managing the Daniel Island Associations (DICA, DIPA and DITA). We have a highly successful rate of property owner compliance with CC&R (governing document) offenses via the following protocols. Our goal is to enforce the governing documents and maintain the community-wide standard for the benefit of all owners.

Our office is empowered to enforce all rules and regulations which are stated in the DICA, DIPA and DITA CC&Rs. Regular, proactive neighborhood inspections and follow-up on complaints or concerns from owners are executed by our DIPOA Code Enforcement Officer and DIPOA staff. In addition to visual neighborhood inspections, we also rely on emails or phone calls that come into our office from owners alerting us to potential violations. We rely strongly on the info@dicommunity.org emails that we receive as a mechanism for owners to report to us through their “eyes on the ground”.

We utilize courtesy phone calls and emails as our first/initial contact with the owner or property manager whenever possible, to create goodwill and to serve as an educational awareness type of approach. We also utilize hard copy letters mailed or hand delivered to the home.

In our written communication, we include the type of violation, a picture of the violation and then a timeline for remedy of the violation. Depending on the violation and on a case by case basis, we make every attempt to try to communicate with the owner regarding the specific violation before imposing fines or other remedies. We have also found great success with our relatively new “door hanger” notification. Follow-up on possible violations are done via a team approach by both the DIPOA Code Enforcement Officer and the Manager of Community Services as well as other DIPOA and ARB staff to ensure the validity of the concern or complaint. It is our customary approach to take pictures as well as document our findings and then proceed with notifying an owner and or property manager to inform them of the covenant violation.

While it is our desire to remedy violations efficiently and quickly without utilizing fines or additional enforcement measures, we are occasionally forced to escalate to that level should violations persist. Amenity privilege suspension (pools, boat landings, etc.) are also used as a tool for enforcement of violations as well.

Owners are responsible for any and all damages, penalties, and/or fees placed against a particular home/unit. Penalties/fines may be assessed on a daily basis and can be subject to periodic increases at the sole discretion of the Associations Board of Directors. The Associations will pursue legal remedies if necessary for the enforcement of its covenants and restrictions. Violations may also be subject to penalties for activities that violate federal, state or city laws or ordinances.

Should you have any questions or are unsure of any of the rules of the Associations, please feel free to email us at info@dicommunity.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.