Northbrook Property Owners Association
Deed Restrictions & Bylaws
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“Greenway fences must be maintained in a neat and attractive condition at all times. Greenway fences must be six (6) feet in height with pickets six or eight (6-8) inches in width, one (1) inch thickness, and must be installed in the shadow box construction. It is the responsibility of each homeowner to repair or replace deteriorated greenway fences.”
In addition the spacing between pickets can be the same as the picket width, but most neighbors will agree that less spacing between the pickets looks better and offers a little more privacy. Discuss this with your contractor before starting. (Example: Six inch pickets can have a spacing of 3-6 inches and Eight inch pickets can have a spacing 5-8 inches.)
The Architectural Control Committee recommends using Cedar Pickets.
There are no deed restrictions for fences between the houses and it is up to the homeowners to resolve any disputes.
District 1 - 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Creekbend and
Hummingbird and 10614-10622 on
District 2 - 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Rollingbrook,
10626 - 10814 on Bob White, and
District 3 - 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Bankside and 10822-10930 on Bob White.
District 4 - 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Vicki John and 6100 Block of Claridge.
District 5 - 6200 Block of Claridge, 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Portal.
District 6 - 6100 and 6200 Blocks of Sanford,
11002-11022 on Bob White, and
Why deed restrictions?
Deed restrictions exist to protect your property values and quality of life. Without them, and especially given its location, Northbrook would quickly deteriorate into a hodgepodge of homes, shops, businesses, and a haven for crime.
How do we know this?
Because of the number and variety of nuisances that we have had to handle over the years - everything from brothels to chop shops and resale shops in garages to transient shelters in homes to – would you believe it – a horse kept in the back yard.
Why do people get so upset with enforcement?
Most don't, of course, but for those that do we suspect it is mostly a combination of ignorance and cussedness. (A neighbor of yours in the past has threatened to kill our deed restriction committee chair or anyone else who tried to enforce the restrictions.) Most of the problems come from people who have never read the Northbrook deed restrictions or just don't like them. “Deed restrictions are fine for someone else, but not me.”
What about that guy down the street?
Yeah, his place looks bad too, but we're working on it. Sometimes it takes a little longer, especially if the place is receivership, has been abandoned, or is otherwise tied up in the law.
Can you really enforce them?
We sure can and do. First, when you bought your property, you agreed to abide by the covenants with which it came. You gave the Association the right to do whatever is required to obtain compliance. Second, we have a pretty good track record of enforcement. Third, your state legislature recently enacted some new rules governing property owners, property owners associations, and the like. The legislature gave some very clear rules for owner's rights, but it also gave us better structure for the procedures.
So, what is the process?
In most cases, you would first get a reminder/nice letter pointing out the problem. If that gets ignored, or immediately in special cases, you would get a certified letter indicating the problem and your rights and responsibilities. When you get that notice, the meter is running. Your responsibility will be to make a correction or respond to the NPOA Board in writing within thirty days. If you let the meter run out, we turn the matter over to our attorney, and you become responsible for all further costs.
What if I don't accept the certified letter?
That doesn't change anything. How about leniency? If you mean letting you off the hook, no way. If you mean giving you more time or help, we do that all the time. Of course, if you have given us a lot of trouble in the matter, you are not likely to get much forgiveness.
Who makes the decision on what constitutes a violation?
In most cases, the decision is already made – by the deed restrictions. It is right there in black and white. In some cases, it is up to your neighbors serving on the Board and/or acting as the Architectural Control Committee.
How much are you paid to do this job?
Not a pence. But, someone has to do it.
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