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Deed Restriction Enforcement started a new phase May 1, 2007. The Board of Directors has hired a contractor to drive the district and seek out violations twice per month. When they find violations of the Deed Restrictions they will notify the owner of the property with a letter, giving the owner 30 days to resolve the violation. If the violation is not resolved upon re-inspection the matter will be referred to the Board of Directors for legal action. Residents can still file complaints via the Violation Report Form below. Complaints will be forwarded to our contractor for action. If you have questions concerning Deed Restrictions please contact Mark Maxwell, District Manager at (512)258-4104 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another option for action on violations is to use the City of Austin Code Enforcement department, for information: City of Austin Code Compliance.
Deed Restriction Documents: The Deed Restriction documents are available at the Anderson Mill Limited District office at 11500 El Salido Parkway. You can call 258-4104 to get information on requesting them. There will soon be a table of streets and house number ranges that are included in each village below. When you click on the appropriate street and house number range and the deed restrictions that apply to that area will download in PDF format.
The Board of Directors is striving to assist the residents of the district to maintain the quality of life we have come to know in the district while providing for the safety and security of the investment you possess and protect your property values.
Frequently Asked Questions
We would like to clear up some of the confusion that has become apparent from the response to the letters sent out recently about violations of deed restrictions. We hope this information helps you. The intent is not to “get” anybody, and our idea of a perfect month is one where no letters were needed! With your help, we can achieve this goal.
Q. What's going on here? I've been here for many years and never saw this before!
A. Although the restrictions have been in place and enforced for years, it was strictly on a complaint-driven basis. If nobody filed a complaint, no action was taken. In order to make sure that the rules are applied equally to everyone, and to reduce the tensions caused by knowing a neighbor must have complained, an outside group was contracted to look for apparent violations and report them. The complaint mechanism is still also in place to ensure that your concerns about problems you see will be addressed, but the majority of issues will probably be raised by the contractor.
Q. What in the world do these things mean? I'm not a lawyer, and I don't understand exactly what's wrong.
A. Here's a brief description of what the people doing the inspections are looking for:
Trailers, campers, motor homes, and other things that go beyond standard personal vehicles (cars, pickup trucks, minivans, etc.) that are on the property. These need to be stored elsewhere, or moved to the street.
Vehicles that are obviously not driveable (for instance, on blocks or jacks, or with flat tires) or that could not be driven legally (for example, license is expired).
Yard or landscaping that has not been maintained to a reasonable level. This would include seriously overgrown grass or weeds, trees or shrubs that are in obvious need of pruning (like those growing over sidewalks or interfering with line of sight at intersections), and similar problems.
Visible debris – trash, tree trimmings, even things like construction materials and children's toys that should be stored out of sight rather than left out for long periods.
Obvious external repairs that are needed for fences, gates, and so on.
Signs on buildings.
Changes that would require approval by the Architectural Control Committee (new construction, landscaping, etc.). Changes that have received approval are fine.
These are not all-inclusive lists; if you have questions about whether something is allowed, check with Mark Maxwell at the Limited District office (email@example.com, 258-4104).
Q. How do you decide when something is really a problem, not just a matter of timing for when somebody happened to look? My grass grows again after I mow, and I may have to fix a flat or arrange for repair of my fence, for example.
A description of the way the process works may help here. First, a team drives through the neighborhoods fairly early in the month checking for apparent violations and noting anything that is found. Towards the end of the month, anything noted so far is checked to see if it still applies. If so, a letter is sent out. If the issue still exists for both of the checks in the following month, you will be notified that it is on the agenda for a board meeting, and at that meeting a decision will be made as to whether legal action will be taken to resolve the issue and assess penalties. As you can see, this means that the problem must have been noted by four consecutive inspections over the course of two months. Chances of the timing working against you each time are remote, and you'll be able to explain any such situation at the board meeting.
Q. Can I get somebody to come to my property to acknowledge that the problem has been corrected?
No, this is not part of the agreed process. But the description above hopefully shows why it is not necessary; when the subsequent inspections are done, the issue will be noted as resolved and no further action will be taken.
Q. Is there some way to talk to the contractor about my specific situation?
Yes, you can call the number will be included in any letters sent and request a call back. This return call should be made within about five working days, often sooner. See the contact information above for Mark Maxwell. Please remember that these people are just doing what they have been contracted to do, and don't “shoot the messenger”!
We hope this helps to clarify the situation, and we look forward to having those perfect months! Thanks for your cooperation