Frequently Asked Questions

DO MY ASSESSMENTS PAY FOR THE CLUBHOUSE AND GOLF COURSE?

No. For more information about the club, contact River Place Country Club at 346-1114.

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HOW IS RIVER PLACE ORGANIZED/MANAGED?

The River Place Residential Community Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. The basic purpose of the Association is to govern River Place in accordance with the governing documents.

The Association is governed by a nine person Board of Directors, elected by the members of the Association. The Board of Directors of the Association has the power and duty to administer the affairs of the Association in accordance with the governing documents. The Board is also responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of River Place.

The Board has a management agreement with a property management company. The Property Manager is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Board; assisting in administering the affairs of the Association; and the overall operation and maintenance of River Place. The Association currently has a management contract with Certified Management of Austin, 339-6962.

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IS MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OPTIONAL?

No. Any person who becomes an Owner at River Place Residential Community is automatically a Member of the Association. Membership is mandatory. It ceases when the person ceases to own in River Place. Every Member is subject to the requirements of the governing documents.

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DOES THE ASSOCIATION HAVE AN ANNUAL FEE/ASSESSMENT?

Yes. Every owner is required to pay a yearly assessment imposed by the Association. These funds are used for the Common Expenses of the Association. These expenses are incurred in the administration, management, maintenance, and operation of River Place.

The current assessment is $270.00 per-lot, per-year. The assessments are due yearly in on the first (1st) day of January. A late charge of $20.00 per month is imposed if the payments are not received by the thirty-first (31st) day of January.

The Association, through the managment company, will make every reasonable effort to provide you with a statement. However, failure to receive a bill does not exempt you from paying your assessments.

Failure to pay assessments may result in a lien on the delinquent property and legal action to collect the past due amounts. While the Association prefers not to take these actions, they are required under the terms of the Declaration.

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I BOUGHT MY PROPERTY IN JUNE, DO I HAVE TO PAY A FULL YEAR’S ASSESSMENT FOR THE FIRST YEAR?

No. Your yearly assessment is pro-rated starting on the first day of the month following the closing date. Thus, if you closed on your lot in June, you would owe 6 months assessments (July-December).

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ARE THERE OTHER FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE ASSOCIATION?

Working Capital Fund – The Board of Directors established a $50.00 Working Capital Fund Fee to be assessed when a lot transfers from the declarant to a new owner. This fee will be payable to the River Place RCA.

Association Ownership Transfer Fee – The Board of Directors established a $150.00 Association Ownership Transfer Fee to be assessed when a lot transfers from anyone other than the declarant. This fee will be payable to Certified Management of Austin.

Association Transfer Fee – The Board of Directors established a $100.00 Association Transfer Fee to be assessed when a lot transfers from anyone other than the declarant. This fee will be payable to River Place Residential Community Association, Inc.

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DOES THE ASSOCIATION HAVE MEETINGS?

There will be at least one meeting of the Association annually as specified in the By-Laws or as established by the Board of Directors. However, special meetings of the Association may be called by the Board of Directors of the Association or upon the presentation of a petition signed by at least 67% of the Owners. Notice of meetings shall be given to the Owners.

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DOES THE ASSOCIATION HAVE A SET OF RULES/REGULATIONS?

For more information, please refer to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for River Place Residential Areas, Article IV, General Restrictions:

4.04 Temporary Buildings. No structure of temporary character, such as a mobile home, trailer, tent, shed, shack, or barn shall be placed, stored, or constructed on any Lot. Each Lot may have one outbuilding, including portable structures used for accessory or storage purposes, provided such outbuilding (i) is limited to a maximum of eight feet in height, (ii) contains no more than one hundred twenty square fee of floor space, (iii) corresponds to the style, color, and architect of the Residence to which it is appurtenant and (iv) is approved by the ACC prior to installation or construction.
ACC forms are available on this page or from Certified Management of Austin, 339-6962.

4.05 Signs, Advertisements, and Billboards. No signs or advertising devices of any character shall be erected or displayed by any Owner to the public view on any Lot except for one sign advertising the Lot for sale, which the sign must not exceed six square feet in area or be less than two square feet in area and must be professionally manufactured exclusively for the purpose of advertising the sale of real property.
No contractor signs are permitted, for example: pool installers, landscaper, painters, etc.

4.06 Rubbish and Debris. No rubbish or debris of any kind shall be placed on the Property or permitted to accumulate thereon as so to render any such Property or any portion thereof unsanitary, unsightly, offensive, malodorous, or detrimental to any other property owners or to its occupants. Refuse, garbage, and trash shall be kept at all times in covered containers and such containers shall be kept within enclosed structures or appropriately screened from view. In no event shall such containers be maintained so as to be visible from neighboring property except to make the same available for collection and, then, only for the shortest time reasonably necessary to effect such collection.

4.07 Noise or Nuisance. No exterior speakers, horns, whistles, bells or other sound generating devices shall be located, used or placed on any of the Property without the prior written approval of the Board. No noise or other nuisance shall be permitted to exist or operate upon any of the Property so as to be offensive or detrimental to any other portion of the Property or to the occupants thereof.

4.10 Construction Improvements. (Amended). No Improvements shall hereafter be constructed upon any Lot without the prior written approval of the ACC of the plans and specifications for the proposed Improvements. No Improvements may be constructed on any Lot which would unreasonably obstruct the view from other portions of the Property, and the positioning of all Improvements upon Lots within the Property is hereby expressly made subject to ACC review and approval. The ACC may, but shall not be required to prevent or allow the construction of a proposed Improvement based upon the effect it will have upon the view from any particular Lot. Rather, the ACC may consider the effect the Improvements will have on the Property as a whole, it being expressly understood that neither the ACC nor the members thereof shall be liable to any Owner in monetary damages or otherwise due to the construction of any Improvement within the Property or the creating thereby of an obstruction to the view from such Owner’s Lot or Lots. No Improvement shall be allowed on any Lot which is of such size or architectural design or involves the use of such landscaping, color schemes, exterior finishes and materials and similar features as to be incompatible with the residential development within the Property. The ACC shall have the authority to disapprove any proposed Improvement based upon the restrictions set forth in the preceding sentences and the decision of the ACC shall be final and binding so long as it is made in good faith. Neither the ACC nor its members shall be liable to any Owner in monetary damages or otherwise due to the approval or disapproval of any plans and specifications. No construction activities shall be permitted on Sunday or during night time hours [from thirty (30) minutes after sunset until thirty (30) minutes prior to sunrise] unless consented to in writing by the ACC.
ACC forms are available on this page or from Certified Management of Austin, 339-6962.

4.12 Maintenance. (Amended). Any owner or occupant of any Residence shall have the duty of and responsibility for keeping the Property they own or occupy, and the Improvement, thereon, in a well maintained, safe, clean, and attractive condition at all times. By way of example, such maintenance shall include, but not limited to: maintenance of all visible exterior surfaces of the Improvements and prompt removal of paper, debris, and refuse; removal of dead and diseased trees and plantings from the Property, prompt replacement of dull and/or peeling paint from the exterior of the Improvements; mowing, watering, fertilizing, weeding, replanting, and replacement of landscaping in accordance with the approved Landscape plan; and, during construction, the cleaning of dirt, construction debris, and other construction-related refuse from street and storm drains and inlets as often as deemed necessary by either the Association or the ACC. If, in the opinion of the Association, the Owner or Occupant is failing in this duty and responsibility, then the Association may give the Owner or Occupant, or both, notice of such fact, and the Owner or Occupant must, within five (5) days of such notice, undertake the care and maintenance required to restore the Lot, Improvements, or both, to a sage, clean, and attractive condition. If the Owner or Occupant fails to fulfill this duty and responsibility after such notice, then the Association shall have the right and power, but not the obligation, to perform such care and maintenance, and the Owner or Occupant (or both of them) shall be liable for the cost of any such work and shall promptly reimburse the Association for the cost thereof. If neither Owner nor Occupant reimburses the Association within thirty (30) days after receipt of a statement from the Association for the cost of such maintenance, the amount of such maintenance cost shall constitute a lien on the Lot on which the work was performed and shall be enforceable as any other assessment lien in the manner provided for in the Declaration.

4.13 Alteration or Removal of Improvements. Any construction, other than normal maintenance, which in any way alters the exterior appearance of any Improvement, or the removal of any Improvement shall be performed only with the prior approval of the ACC.
ACC forms are available on this page or from Certified Management of Austin, 339-6962.

4.17 Hazardous Activities. No activities shall be conducted on the Property and no Improvements constructed on the Property which are or might be unsafe or hazardous to any person or property.
No fireworks or open fires are allowed.

4.18 Animals. (Amended). No cats of any sort, whether domesticated, wild, or otherwise, shall be permitted outside any residence or other enclosed structure at any time. No kennel or other facility for raising or boarding dogs or other animals for commercial purposes shall be kept on any part of the Property. The keeping of ordinary household pets such as dogs are allowed, but no poultry, livestock, or other animals may be kept on any portion of the Property. No animal shall be allowed to run at large and all animals shall be kept within enclosed areas which must be clean, sanitary, and reasonably free of refuse, insects and waste at all times. For purposes of this section an animal is deemed to be running at large if it is outside a fenced area and is not on a leash being held by a person capable of controlling the animal.

4.19 Unsightly Articles, Vehicles (Amended, Amended). No article deemed to be unsightly by the ACC shall be permitted to remain on any portion of the Property so as to be visible from adjoining property or public or private thoroughfares. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing: (a) Trailers, graders, trucks (other than pick-ups), tractors, inoperable vehicles, wagons, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, and garden maintenance equipment shall be kept at all times, except when in actual use, in enclosed structures and no repair or maintenance work shall be done on any of the foregoing, or an any automobile or pick-up truck (other than minor emergency repairs), except in garages or other structures. (b) No motor vehicle without a current inspection sticker and license, and no motor vehicle with a designation of over ¾ ton shall be kept or stored within the Property, without the prior written approval of the ACC. (c) All vehicles to be kept on a Lot by the Owner or occupant shall, after sunset, be housed inside the enclosed garage, unless a vehicle has an approved variance sticker. If more vehicles are kept on the Lot than garage space was designed to accommodate, the Owner may apply to the ACC for a variance. If approved, a variance sticker will be issued in accordance with ACC procedures and such vehicle may be parked in the driveway. No vehicles of any kind, whether owned or operated by an Owner or occupant shall, in lieu of being parked inside the enclosed garage or driveway as provided above, may be parked at any time on any roadway within the property. (d) Garage doors will be kept completely closed at all times except when the vehicle enters or exits, a person is present in the garage, a person is engaged in yard work, or there is any other activity in progress outside the Residence which is facilitated by an open garage door. (e) Use of parking space in a garage for work area/storage (including boxes, toys, exercise equipment, furniture, work bench) to the exclusion of one or more vehicles is strictly prohibited. (f) No commercial vehicles bearing commercial insignia or names shall be parked on any Lot at any time except within enclosed structures, unless such vehicles are temporarily parked for the purpose of serving a Lot. (g) No lumber, grass, plant waste, shrub or tree clippings, metal, bulk materials or scrap or refuse shall be kept, stored or allowed to accumulate on any portion of the Property except within enclosed structures or appropriately screened from view. (h) No liquid propane, gas, oil or other exterior tanks shall be kept on the Property without prior written approval of the ACC.

4.20 Mobile Homes, Travel Trailers, Recreational Vehicles and Boats. (Amended). No mobile homes shall be parked or placed on any portion of the Property at any time. No travel trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, or boats shall be parked on any Lot or on any street within the Property at any time except during the period of time such trailer, camper, vehicle or boat is being loaded, unloaded or cleaned; provided, however, such trailers, campers, vehicles or boats may be stored inside an enclosed garage on a Lot. Storage of these items in a garage, however, shall not constitute sufficient cause for a variance to park a vehicle in the driveway pursuant to Section 4.19 (c).

4.21 Fences. (Amended). Except as hereinafter specifically provided, all fences within the Property shall be constructed of wood, masonry, wrought iron, or any combination thereof; or any other material that in the sole opinion of the ACC is harmonious with the style of the community. The design of all fences shall be compatible and harmonious with the style of the community, as determined by the ACC in its sole discretion. No fence, wall, hedge or similar structure or growth shall be constructed greater than six feet (6′) in height unless approved by the ACC. No fence, wall, or hedge shall be built or maintained between the front facade of the main structure and the street, except for decorative wing walls, fences or hedges which are part of the architectural design of the main structure, and retaining walls, provided that are approved by the ACC prior to construction. No chain-link fences or other chain-link structures or enclosures may be built or maintained on any Lot, except in connection with tennis courts, provided such fences are black vinyl clad, properly landscaped, and reasonably screened from public view. No chain-link fences or other chain-link structures or enclosures may be built or maintained on any Lot, except in connection with tennis courts, provided such fences are black vinyl clad, properly landscaped, and reasonably screened from public view.
If your lot faces a greenbelt, Boulevard, golf course, park or other common area, special requirements may apply.

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HOW DOES THE ASSOCIATION ENFORCE THE RULES/REGULATIONS?

Whenever an Owner, guest or tenant violates any of the (i) provisions set forth in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (the “Declaration”), (ii) Development Guidelines, or (iii) River Place Residential Rules, such violations shall be brought to the attention of the Property Manager, the Advisory Committee, or the Board of Directors.

The Property Manager, where practical and as directed by the Board of Directors, shall mail a letter to the Owner involved, advising the Owner of the alleged violation and requesting that it be corrected within a specified time frame.

In the event such violation is not corrected within the prescribed period of time, the Board of Directors may exercise one or more of the following remedies as set forth in the Declaration:

  1. Self Help. The Board may cure the violation by having such maintenance and work performed as is reasonably necessary and authorized by Section(s) 4.12, 5.02(E) or 5.06 of the Declaration. An additional written notice as required by such sections shall be sent to the Owner prior to work being performed. All costs of cure/correction will be assessed against the Owner.
  2. Fine. The Board may assess a separate fine against the Owner for each violation (Section 4.15). Unless modified by Board action, the fine shall be $150.00. Repeat violations can result in progressively higher fines to be determined by Board action. If a fine is not paid within 30 days, the fine will be doubled by Board action. If a fine is assessed and the Owner does not come into compliance and pay the fine, a lien will be filed.
  3. Lien. The Board may cause to be recorded in the Travis County Official Public Records a written notice of lien against the Owner’s Lot [Section(s) 4.15, 9.06(E)] for the violation and all amounts of money owed to the Association including assessments, late charges, cost of cure/correction, attorney’s fees and fines.
  4. Lawsuit. The Board may cause a lawsuit to be filed against the Owner seeking damages, injunctive relief, civil penalties and/or fines, reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs ([Section 9.06(A)].

Before the Board may exercise one of the foregoing remedies, it shall give to the Owner a written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, that:

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    1. describes the violation and states the amount of the proposed fine;
    2. allows the Owner a reasonable time, by a specified date, to cure the violation and avoid the fine; provided, this provision shall not apply if the Owner was given notice and a reasonable opportunity to cure a similar violation within the preceding 6 months;
    3. states that not later than the 30th day after receipt of the notice of violation, the Owner may request a hearing before the Board to contest the fine (Section 1.22);
    4. advises that the request for hearing must be in writing and delivered to the Manager; and
    5. states that attorney’s fees and costs will be charged if the violation continues after the conclusion of the hearing or, if no hearing is requested, after the deadline for requesting a hearing.

Upon receipt of a request for a hearing, the Board shall schedule the hearing within 30 days and give the owner at least ten days’ advance written notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing.

A certified mail letter that is returned to the Association due to the owner’s failure or refusal to claim the letter shall be deemed received by the owner on the 10th day after the postmark date of the letter.

The Board may, but need not, send a copy of all notices to an occupant of the Lot.

The foregoing procedures do not apply to lawsuits seeking a temporary restraining order or temporary injunctive relief, nor do they apply to the collection of regularly scheduled assessments and late fees.

Pursuit of any of the foregoing remedies shall not preclude pursuit of any other remedy provided in the Declaration or by law or equity.

Unless otherwise defined in this Enforcement Procedure, all terms shall have the same meaning as defined in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.

These Rules supersede the Rules of Enforcement attached as Exhibit B to the Bylaws and Enforcement Procedure recorded as document 1999161463, Official Public Records, Travis County, Texas.

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I BELIEVE A VIOLATION OF THE RULES/REGULATIONS IS TAKING PLACE, WHAT DO I DO?

It is very likely that the violation has been reported to Certified Management of Austin already and a letter has been written to the owner in an effort to correct it. But, if you notice any violation, please don’t hesitate to contact Certified Management of Austin in writing at 9600 Great Hills Trail, Suite 100E, Austin, Texas 78759 or report it here on this page.

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I’M INTERESTED IN REPAINTING OR MAKING A MODIFICATION/ADDITION TO MY PROPERTY, WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES?

Repainting your house/trim the identical color does not need approval, but repainting any other color and all other modifications/improvements undertaken on your home/lot must be approved by the Association’s Architectural Committee. Please submit a request/plan to Certified Management of Austin, 9600 Great Hills Trail, Suite 100E, Austin, Texas 78759 on a submittal form (call Certified Management of Austin at 339-6962 and a form will be sent or ACC forms are available on this page). The form should be returned to Certified Management of Austin for processing by the Architectural Committee.

NOTE: ACC submittal forms must be delivered/mailed to Certified Management of Austin.  Also, 4 complete/divided sets of all plans must accompany the ACC submittal forms or the submittal will be returned as an incomplete submittal.

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HOW CAN I ADVERTISE TO RESIDENTS IN RIVER PLACE?

You can place an advertisement in the River Place Newsletter which is published 6 times a year by contacting Neighborhood News at 866-558-3160 or go to www.neighborhoodnews.com. You can also contact Four Points news at www.hillcountrynews.com/news/four_points/ or The River Review www.PEELinc.com.