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Private Storage Policy

I. Introduction

Pursuant to the guidelines included in the Supplementary Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, this policy governs the outside storage of objects within Stedwick Homes Corporation.

II. Definition of Storage

A. A stored object is something that has been placed on private property that does not            show evidence of use or movement for an extended period of time.


B. A stored object is something that is or appears to be creating a hazardous situation for        the community regardless of the length of time it has been in its location. An example        would be a large pile of yard debris or mulch left in such a way as to create a fire                hazard or environmental threat.


C. A storage pod, construction dumpster or portable storage shed not subject to the                controls imposed by the architectural covenants because of its temporary nature.


III. Stored Items Acceptable in Backyards

The following examples reflect items that are acceptable if maintained neatly:

A. Lawn furniture that may be used for several months per year.


B. Awnings, gazebos, and deck lights that may be used for several months per year.


C. Flowerpots or planters that may be used for several months per year.


D. Ladders, if properly screened and stored neatly on the ground and not propped against      houses or structures.


E. Hoses, hose holders, and incidental lawn care tools, if stored neatly.


F. Barbecues, grills, and chimeneas.


G. Bicycles, kayaks, and canoes.


H. Children’s toys and toy structures, if stored neatly.


I. Boats, if screened appropriately (per Paragraph 7 of the Supplemental Covenants,               Conditions, and Restrictions).


IV. Unacceptable stored items

The following examples reflect items that are unacceptable under any conditions:

A. Indoor furniture and appliances.


B. Chemicals and fuels, including gasoline.


C. Yard waste that is not contained within an approved compost bin.


D. Trash or debris.


E. Obviously broken or rotting objects that cannot be used for their intended purpose.


F. Adult exercise equipment.


G. Food.


V. Storage containers

Storage pods, construction dumpsters, or other temporary storage structures should be kept in rear yards whenever possible. If a pod or dumpster must be located in the front yard or driveway of a home for an extended period of time, homeowners must contact community management with a deadline for removal in order to be deemed in compliance with the covenants.


VI. Enforcement

Homeowners who have stored items on private property in violation of this policy will be requested to remove the items within a 14-day period. If they do not comply, the Board may pursue legal action.

Stedwick Homes Corporation

Montgomery Village, MD

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