Everything You Need to Know About Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

For more than 45 years, SBB Community Management has been a trusted partner for community association management and HOA management companies in Dallas and Houston, Texas. 

Our experience makes us uniquely qualified to guide you through understanding covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). While necessary for any association, CC&Rs can be complex and misunderstanding them could put your community at risk.

As your local HOA management company, we’re always here to help. Check out our comprehensive overview of what CC&Rs are and their purpose, aiming to equip HOA board members, associations, and community owners with the knowledge they need.

What Are Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs)?

CC&Rs are the rules and guidelines set forth by a community association that all homeowners must adhere to. These rules are legally binding and are recorded in the county property records. 

While some members may view CC&Rs as an obstacle, they maintain a certain standard of living within the community, ensuring that properties are well-kept and that the community remains aesthetically pleasing and cohesive. 

They cover various issues, from architectural guidelines and landscaping standards to rules about noise levels and pet ownership.

Common Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

Common covenants, conditions, and restrictions found in many communities include the following:

  • Architectural Guidelines: Restrictions on the types of modifications that can be made to a home’s exterior, ensuring a uniform appearance throughout the community.
  • Landscaping Requirements: Rules about the maintenance and appearance of lawns, gardens, and other outdoor spaces to keep the neighborhood looking neat.
  • Use of Property:  Restrictions on the use of properties, such as prohibiting commercial activities in residential areas.
  • Noise Regulations: Guidelines to ensure noise levels remain reasonable and not disturb other residents.
  • Pet Policies: Rules regarding the types and number of pets allowed, as well as requirements for pet care and control.

These are just a few examples, and the specific covenants, conditions, and restrictions can vary widely depending on the community.

Declaration Of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions

The Declaration of CC&Rs is a formal document that outlines all the CC&Rs applicable to a particular community. 

This governing document is filed with the county recorder’s office and becomes part of the public record. It serves as a legally binding agreement between the homeowners and the community association. The declaration not only lists the specific rules but also explains the purpose of these rules and the benefits they provide to the community. 

It often includes information on the rights and responsibilities of homeowners, the association’s authority, and the procedures for enforcing the CC&Rs.

Who Enforces CC&Rs?

Enforcement of covenants, conditions, and restrictions is typically the responsibility of the community association’s board of directors. The board ensures that all homeowners comply with the established rules and takes action when violations occur. 

This may involve issuing warnings, imposing fines, or taking legal action if necessary. In some cases, the association may employ a management company, like SBB Community Management, to handle the day-to-day enforcement of CC&Rs. 

It’s essential for homeowners to understand their community’s enforcement procedures and the potential consequences of non-compliance.

Better Understand CC&Rs with SBB Management

At SBB Community Management, we understand that navigating covenants, conditions, and restrictions can be challenging for both homeowners and board members. Our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need to ensure that your community operates smoothly and effectively. 

We offer comprehensive management services, including the enforcement of CC&Rs, to help maintain your community’s integrity and value. With our expertise and dedication, you can better understand and manage the covenants, conditions, and restrictions that keep your neighborhood thriving.

Ready to help your community become the best it can be? We’re ready to help! Contact us today for more information or to learn how our team can assist your association.