Understanding The Basics About Our Associations

What is a homeowners association?

Our HOAs are legal corporations organized and incorporated under the laws of California. Articles of Incorporation entitle the Associations to exercise powers of a corporation. By purchasing a home within our community, you automatically become a member of the Association and will remain so for as long as you own your home. Membership in the Association is mandatory and automatic for all owners. The deed to each lot and/or parcel specifically designates that the property owner will comply with the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s) of the Association. You received a copy of these documents when you purchased your home. As a property owner in our Association, you are required to pay assessments, abide by the community’s rules and restrictions and maintain those areas of your home for which you are responsible.

What are open records for members?

Records and reports of the Association are available to the members per California law. Most documents are included on this site, but if you have questions, please contact the Association Office.

When I hear the Association talk about "Master" and "Drive", what does it mean?

Within the walls of Rancho La Quinta there are multiple organizations that share the community boundaries. Where boundaries overlap, each organization shares the costs. To solve any controversy about who pays for what, the homeowners and T.D. Desert Development Limited Partnership voted upon and approved what is now called the Master Drive Agreement. This agreement allocates costs to the following entities that operate inside our community walls:
    1. The Master Homeowner Association
    2. The Casitas Homeowner Association
    3. The Ventanas Homeowner Association
    4. T.D. Desert Development Limited Partnership, which owns the Country Club, the golf courses, the Racquet Club and the real estate office
    5. The Drive Cost Center (see below)
 
Generally speaking, shared expenses include all costs associated with gates, perimeter walls and landscaping, interior perimeter drives (Rancho La Quinta Drive, Mission Drive East and West), administrative costs, drive landscaping, security personnel, and the like. Since all of the shared costs border on these three internal perimeter drives, the accounting cost allocation became known as the Drive Cost Center. Under the terms of the Master Drive Agreement, the Master Association became responsible for tracking the common shared expenses and allocating those costs back to the participants. As a result, the Master Association budgets and maintains a Drive Cost Center within its accounting records and provides periodic reporting to the participants.

What power does the membership have?

Our HOA Bylaws empower members to:
    1. Elect the Board of Directors
    2. Remove a member of the Board of Directors
    3. Call for a special meeting of the members
    4. Vote on increasing the maximum annual assessment, if over a set amount
    5. Vote on amendment to articles, bylaws, and CC&Rs

Is there a street map of RLQ?

Yes, go to DOCUMENTS on this site or simply Click Here. You can download this map. Also, if you want an interactive Google map go to OUR COMMUNITY on this site or Click Here.