Private Usage of Community Property Policy

I. Introduction

In view of the potential problems, liabilities and risks that may arise from the placement of privately owned objects, including plantings, on community property by residents, the Stedwick Homes Corporation has developed this policy to assign responsibility for ownership and maintenance of such objects as well as a procedure for acquiring permission to place objects on community property.

II. Privately installed plantings on community property
Residents may request permission to modify community property or install plantings of their choosing on community property by filing a Community Property Improvement Request form with community management for review and approval by the Maintenance Committee (a sample is attached). If the CPIR is of extensive scope, the Maintenance Committee may choose to request permission from the full Board of Directors.

A. The CPIR grants permission for residents to install plantings on community property.          These plantings become the property of the Stedwick Homes Corporation.

B. The CPIR requires homeowners to undertake the full cost of the proposed modifications       to community property and to assume full responsibility for potential costs associated         with the installation of plantings or modification to the greenspace.

C. The Maintenance Committee may choose to deny a CPIR for any reason, including             aesthetic disagreement or the determination that risk or liability from a modification is         too great for the community to assume as the final owners of the modification. Plantings     or modifications made to community property without an approved CPIR may be                 removed from community property by the homes corporation and with the expense for       removal and community property restoration to be borne by the homeowner.

D. When it appears that a homeowner has modified community property without a CPIR,         the homeowner will be provided with the CPIR form and requested to fill out the form to     document the situation. By making the CPIR form available after a modification has been     made, the Board is not obligated to accept or approve the CPIR and the homeowner           may yet be required to restore the community property to its original condition.

E. While every effort will be made to properly care for plantings or modifications by a             homeowner on community property, Stedwick Homes Corporation is not responsible for       reimbursing the homeowner or otherwise making whole any damage to plantings or           modifications on community property that may occur as a result of natural processes or       maintenance activities.


III. The use of community property for parking or storage

A. At times it is necessary for privately-contracted contractors or workmen to park on             community property in order to perform their work on private property. If the operation       or parking of vehicles or equipment on community property causes damage to that             property, the associated homeowner is completely and fully responsible for the cost of         greenspace repair. The Stedwick Homes Corporation may permit a contractor of the           homeowner’s choosing to perform the community repairs, subject to the requirement         that the contractor be appropriately licensed and insured and that the work be                   performed as soon as possible after the damage is done.

B. Contractor or commercial vehicles may be parked on community property (including           greenspace) during the period in which they are involved in working on a home. Unless       work is being performed, they may not remain in the community overnight unless               garaged. Contractor or commercial vehicles may not be stored in the community.

C. Storage pods or containers, such as may be used during renovation of a home, should         be stored if at all possible on the private property of the home. If for logistical reasons         they must be stored on community property, the homeowner is required to seek specific     permission for the location and duration of the storage. The homeowner must also             accept all liability and responsibility for the storage container. A Permission for Use of         Community Property for Temporary Storage is attached.

D. Construction materials stored on community property must be monitored to prevent           them from being scattered, from creating a hazard to other residents of the community,     or to prevent them from being misused in a dangerous way. Stedwick Homes                     Corporation reserves the right to remove any items from community property without         prior notice in the event they are deemed to present a hazard, whether or not prior             permission has been granted.

IV. The use of community property for drainage

Homeowners should make every effort to discharge their drainage onto their own private property.

A. If a homeowner must discharge drainage onto community property and in order to              prevent erosion or damage to curbs and paths, the pipe should daylight onto greenspace     and provide sufficient pervious surface for the drainage to soak into the ground (under       normal rainy conditions) before it reaches a sidewalk, curb, or asphalt path.

B. Homeowners must monitor their downspouts and gutters to ensure that drainage from       the front of their homes is directed across and over the concrete sidewalk rather than         between the sidewalk and the structure of the home, as this could lead to structural           damage to the garage and/or brick wall.

C. There are locations where homeowners have installed drainpipes to the curb of their           homes, across the community-owned street parcel. In these cases, Stedwick Homes           Corporation is not responsible for private property damage that may occur if the                 drainpipe becomes blocked by debris or snow. It is the responsibility of the homeowner       to clear the drainpipe of obstructions and to monitor it in the event it becomes                   reobstructed (such as in the case of repeated snow plowings). Stedwick Homes                   Corporation is not required to make any special arrangements for the clearing of                 privately owned drainpipes.

D. Under no circumstances will drainpipes from private properties be permitted above             ground on community property. Homeowners may request permission to bury drainpipes     on community property through the CPIR process. The Maintenance Committee will             consider the possible consequences to community property (such as erosion or other           damage) that may result from the placement of a drainpipe. If approval is granted for         the burial of a private drainpipe on community property, under no circumstances will           Stedwick Homes Corporation be responsible for damage to the pipe as a result of               maintenance activities.

V. The use of the street parcel
In some areas of Stedwick, the homes corporation owns a street parcel on which is typically planted a street tree and grass.

A. Homeowners with street parcels that directly adjoin their front and/or side yards in such     a manner that the property appears to be one contiguous piece and that serves as a           front or side yard are responsible for the routine care and maintenance of the street           parcel greenspace, with the exception of the street tree. The care of the street tree is         governed by the Stedwick Homes Corporation Tree Policy. Homeowners are responsible       for mowing, weeding, planting or performing other needed or desired maintenance on         the street parcel.

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Montgomery Village, MD

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The Montgomery Village Foundation

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