One way that your Associations protect your property value is to ensure that Common Area Property is regularly maintained and updated. It does you no good to keep up your property if the general area around your home is deteriorating. Your Associations assess fees and assign a portion of them to reserves for replacements. This assessment authority is granted through the CC&Rs, and was codified in the California Common Interest Development Act (ACT) enacted in 1985.
The ACT allows your HOA to perform as a quasi-government organization. Your HOA assumes responsibilities that a local government agency would otherwise be responsible for, including street repair and maintenance, walk ways, etc. Under the ACT, the HOA estimates the fees (comparable to taxes) that it must collect to keep the common area in good shape. These fees are collected into a reserve fund and can be used only for repairs and maintenance of common areas.
To determine the amount needed in the reserve fund, the HOAs periodically must obtain a qualified reserve study. (California Reserve Study Guidelines.) You may access these studies each time they are issued, along with the annual HOA financial statement that discloses the reserves on hand and discusses the qualified reserve study. You may also see the studies and the financial statements on this site in DOCUMENTS.
Just as our HOAs have responsibilities to their members, you also have certain legal responsibilities to your HOA. These include:
- Comply with deed restrictions and rules and regulations
- Comply with architectural control restrictions
- Pay homeowner’s proportionate share of expenses to operate the HOA
- Comply with the HOAs Code of Conduct
- Respect the rights of other homeowners
Non-Country Club Common Area Facilities
The Rancho La Quinta HOAs own what is referred to as "Common Area Properties", which include all property leased, owned or maintained by the three HOAs. The common area is for the sole use and benefit of the members of the Associations. It includes private streets and alleys, signs, fountains, statuary, swimming pools and adjacent buildings, landscaping, sprinkler systems, walls, green belts, parking lots, median islands in cul-de-sac streets, and centralized mail boxes. In general, it's all the property that isn't yours or is a part of the Country Club Property.
Except for the homeowners in the Casitas Association, you own your front yard, but the HOAs are responsible for maintaining the Lot Landscape Maintenance Areas, in other words, the landscaping and irrigation systems within these Areas. The HOA does not maintain your driveway, courtyard walls, the exterior of your lot or any other structure located on your lot. The Casitas Association does own everything on the exterior of your residence walls and maintains all of those facilities.
Country Club Common Area Facilities (requires a separate fee for access)
Country Club Common Area Facilities means the real property inside our gates commonly known as the Rancho La Quinta County Club that consists of golf courses, golf practice facilities, a clubhouse complex (including dining facilities, a golf shop, golf club storage facilities, locker room facilities, golf cart storage facilities, covered and uncovered patio and deck areas), a sports & fitness complex (including tennis & pickle ball facilities, exercise facilities, main swimming facilities, locker room facilities, dining facilities), maintenance yard, parking area, landscape areas, golf outbuildings and related facilities. Access to Country Club Property is by membership only.
Who Has Access To The Common Areas
All homeowners have access to the common area of their respective Association. In addition, homeowners of the Master Association and the Casitas Association have access to the non-golf portion of the Country Club Property. Homeowners of the Ventanas Association, for a separate fee, have the option to join and have access to the non-golf portion of the Country Club Property. Homeowners of all three Associations have the option, for a separate fee, to join and have access to the golf portion of the Country Club Property.
If you are not a member of the Country Club Property, you do not have access. Please respect the rights of those that are members.