Royal Arms Condominium Association, Inc. January 2012
The Royal Arms News
Welcoming in the New Year
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
I would like to take this
Manager’s Memo 2
opportunity to wish all a very
Homeowner Rights & Happy New Year! I hope
2011 was a good year and I
Responsibilities 2 anticipate 2012 will be
Tips for Successful Renting 3 better.
Homeowner Help 3 On behalf of the board
members, which consist of
Sounds Like a Good Idea 4
Mr. Juan Quintana, Ms.
Lucille Barrett, Ms. Roberta
Holliday, Mr. Carlos
Martinez and myself Bill
Officers and Directors: Hadrys, we thank you for
your support in 2011 and
Juan R. Quintana With the new laws from the regulations. These are now
trust you will continue in
Florida Legislature and our easier than ever to access
own excellent manager and on our website
We will start the new budget staff, we have controlled www.royalarmscondo.com.
process in January and spending while improving A hard copy of these can be
William Hadrys the common areas and obtained from the office.
hope you will find time to
attend one of the work continuing the ongoing
Secretary If you have any comments,
sessions. The four (4) repair program of our
buildings. Additionally, this concerns or praises, please
million dollar loan taken by a
year we would like to focus communicate them through
Lucille Barrett previous Board continues to
more on the common areas, our manager or his
keep our financial resources
Director balconies and breezy ways. administrative assistant in
limited. We have managed
to reduce the condominium
All owners can help by
fees significantly since the Thank you again for your
Carlos Martinez educating the people that
loan was taken, but the loan support and have a great
are renting their units.
Director is still the number one drain New Year.
Before a new renter moves
on our finances.
into our community, they
We have made great strides should be aware of our
Roberta Holliday in taking control of spending. documents, rules and
Royal Arms Condominiums
Association Manager: Did you know you can complete access to the important and helpful
keep up with the latest Association documents websites. The dates of
William P. “Bill” Bishop
Royal Arms community at any time of the day or the monthly Board of
CMCA, AMS news and events 24 night, at no cost. We Directors meetings will
hours a day, 7 days a have also included be posted in advance, as
week? Visit us at information on making well as Helpful Hints and
www.royalarmscondo.com, your assessment Quick Reminders. Visit
www.royalarmscondo.com and not only will you stay payments, community us today, and stay
informed, but will have amenities, and links to informed!
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Manager’s Memo By Bill Bishop, CMCA, AMS, Association Manager
When you made your decision to live in a condominium community such as Royal Arms, you
had many things to consider. One of which was the fact that either as an owner, a tenant, or a
guest you were agreeing to abide by the Declaration of the Condominium, and the Rules and
Regulations (Association documents). Those of you who have honored your commitment are
appreciated and we say “Thank You.”
Unfortunately, some of you have chosen not to honor your commitment. Some of the most
violated rules are:
-DO NOT FEED ANY ANIMALS OUTSIDE YOUR UNIT. If you are feeding an animal that
you own, it is not to be running loose, and the food attracts unwanted animals. We will remove
any food or dishes that we see in the common areas.
-NO OPEN FLAME (GAS OR CHARCOAL) GRILLS. These are prohibited by the
Association documents and by the National Safety Fire Code.
-BREEZEWAYS ARE TO BE KEPT CLEAR OF ITEMS. No plants, trees, pots, furniture,
bicycles, toys, etc. are to be stored in the breezeways at any time. We cannot clean and maintain
the breezeways with items such as these in the way.
(Full text of the Association documents are available at www. royalarmscondo.com)
Homeowner Rights & Responsibilities
As a homeowner in our association, you have certain rights—and responsibilities.
You have the right to . . .
A responsive and competent community association.
Honest, fair, and respectful treatment by community leaders and managers.
“We tend to forget Attend meetings, serve on committees, and run for election.
that happiness Access appropriate association records.
doesn't come as a Prudent financial management of fees and other assessments.
result of getting Live in a community where the property is maintained according to established
something we don't standards.
have, but rather of Fair treatment regarding financial and other association obligations..
recognizing and Receive all rules and regulations governing the community association—if not
appreciating what we prior to purchase and settlement, then upon joining the community.
You also have the responsibility to . . .
~Frederick Keonig Maintain your property according to established standards.
Treat association leaders with honesty and respect.
Read and comply with rules and regulations of the community and ensure that
your tenants and guest do too.
Vote in community elections and on other issues.
Pay association assessments and charges on time.
Contact association leaders or managers, if necessary, to discuss financial
obligations and alternative payment arrangements.
Provide your current contact information to the association so you receive all
www.royalarmscondo.com information from the community.
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Tips for Successful Renting
Approximately four in 10 homes in suburban America are occupied by renters. If your unit is
one of those homes—or about to become one—here are a few tips that will help you, your
renters, and the association.
Check the Documents
Make sure you comply with the association’s governing documents—the bylaws and
CC&Rs. They may contain special requirements for nonresident owners who lease
Educate Prospective Tenants
Be sure to inform prospective renters about the special considerations of living in a
community association before they sign a lease. The Association Rules and
Regulations can be found at www.royalarmscondo.com, which prospective tenants can
access at any time.
Use a Lease Addendum
No doubt you’ll have your renters sign a lease. Please attach an addendum to your
lease that covers the specifics of the community association and require renters to
adhere to association rules. This is very important because it gives you and the
association a means of enforcement. A good lease or lease addendum should support
the community by:
Requiring the tenant to obey the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the
association. (Attach copies!)
Requiring the tenant to vacate if community association regulations are
Keep the Association Informed “Teamwork is the
Once the lease is signed, you are required to submit a copy to the association
ability to work
management office. The more information you provide about your renters, the more
together toward a
successful they will be in our community. Please provide the following information to
common vision. The
ability to direct
Renter’s name (and children or other occupants) and phone numbers. individual
Renter’s email address and other pertinent details. accomplishment
The number and type of pets, if any, and please remember to notify your toward
tenants that NO dogs are allowed on Royal Arms property. organizational
Your forwarding address and phone numbers. objectives. It is the
fuel that allows
common people to
HOMEOWNER HELP The Internet is full of information for homeowners—if you attain uncommon
can find what you’re looking for. Google searches can pull up thousands of sites, most of them results.”
irrelevant, and it’s your task to weed through them. Now there’s a way around information
overload. Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national membership group that works on
behalf of communities like ours, has created a site specifically for homeowners and potential
homebuyers. It features links to a number of government and nonprofit websites on topics such
as buying and selling a home, home foreclosure resources, family preparedness during
emergencies, and disaster information. For more information, please visit:
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Royal Arms Condominium
Association, Inc. Sounds Like a Good Idea
500 Orange Dr. Noise is a concern for every resident, and because you live in a community, it’s important to understand
Altamonte Springs, FL that some degree of noise is to be expected. At the same time, residents need to consider the consequences
32701 of their noisy behavior. To keep everyone happy and maintain civility among neighbors, the association
Phone asks that you take a few steps to reduce or eliminate annoying noise.
407-834-4488 Be kind and respectful. A little common courtesy makes a big difference. Keep your music and television
(Answered 24 hours/7 days)
at reasonable levels, do your vacuuming before bedtime, and before remodeling, check with the manager
Fax about acceptable hours and days of the week that work can be done.
407-834-5220 Keep a log. If you’re disturbed by a noise problem, note the times and the nature of the noise. There may
E-mail be a pattern in the noise that can be adjusted.
firstname.lastname@example.org Call the Police. If the noise is occurring after 10:00pm, and is excessive, please call the Altamonte Springs
Police Non-Emergency line at 407-339-2441, while it is happening.
Visit your neighbor. If your neighbor is the source of the noise, try a friendly chat. Sometimes people just
Monday – Friday
8 am – 4 pm don’t realize how noise is affecting others. If your neighbor knocks on your door, listen politely and be
willing to make changes to reduce your own noise.
Questions: Contact the manager. If a polite request doesn’t change your neighbor’s noisiness, it may be time to ask
Don Asher & Associates
the manager for help. Have your noise log ready, including attempts to solve the problem yourself.
Reducing noise sounds like a good idea. A quiet, peaceful community, relatively speaking, is a happy
Regular Board Meetings:
3rd Thursday Monthly
7 p.m., Main Clubhouse
500 Orange Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701