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Rules & Regulations

This is a summary of our Rules and Regulations. You may download the official copy here: Grove HOA Rules and Regulations

Amenities

  • Amenity Access
    • An “Amenity Access Agreement” form must be completed by the owner and primary tenant (if unit is occupied by a renter) to use community amenities.
    • The owner is responsible for violations committed by their tenant(s) or guest(s).
    • A new owner must pay a $25 fee for a new fob.
    • Additional or replacement key fobs are available for a fee of $50.
  • Basketball Court
    • Basketball court hours 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Be respectful of residents surrounding basketball court.
    • Keep noise to a minimum.
    • All trash must be picked up when you leave.
  • Boat/Trailer Storage
    • All property stored in the storage area must be approved by the Board and have a valid agreement form on file.
    • Boats and trailers must have a valid registration to be stored in the storage area.
    • Boats must be covered.
    • Boats and trailers are only permitted in approved storage areas.
    • Boats and trailers must be stored off property at owner’s expense if storage area is full.
    • No commercial vehicles or trailers are allowed.
    • Unregistered boats and trailers will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Clubhouse
    • Clubhouse is open 24/7
    • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older.
    • No wet clothing or swimsuits allowed.
    • Smoking is prohibited. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping, etc. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of entrances/exits.
    • Do not push, sit on, or go under game tables.
    • AC, fans, lights, TV, and radio must be turned off when you leave.
    • Consideration of the rights and comforts of others must be observed at all times.
    • Horseplay, loudness, and/or offensive language is not allowed.
    • No pets.
    • No loud music or TV. If noise can be heard from outside, you are too loud.
    • Homeowners are responsible for all damage and cleanup costs.
    • Clubhouse is closed for board meetings, cleanings and private parties.
    • Cooking is not permitted.
    • No running or roughhousing.
    • Residents are permitted to have only 5 guests per unit.
    • Clubhouse rental is $50 plus a refundable $200 deposit.
  • Fitness Center
    • Fitness center is open 24/7.
    • Equipment must be handled with care. Individuals abusing the equipment will be denied access to the fitness center and may be held financially responsible.
    • Immediately report in writing any malfunctions.
    • Children 12 and under are not permitted to use exercise equipment in the fitness center.
    • Teens 13 to 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older.
    • Equipment must be wiped down after use.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the fitness center. Water is permitted, but must be in a covered container.
    • AC, lights, and TV must be turned off when leaving fitness center.
    • No wet swimsuits allowed in fitness center.
    • Consideration of the rights and comforts of others must be observed at all times.
    • Horseplay, loudness, and/or offensive language is not allowed.
    • Individuals using the fitness center acknowledge they are using the facility at their own risk and agree to assume all risks of injury.
    • Athletic shoes must be worn.
    • Equipment must not be moved without Board approval.
  • Pools
    • State Law Mandate Pool Rules
      • No food or beverages in pool or on pool wet deck.
      • No glass or animals in fenced pool area.
      • Bathing load: 16 people for the small pool and 38 for the large pool at the clubhouse.
      • Shower before entering.
      • No diving.
      • Do not swallow pool water.
      • Any infraction these rules may cause the health department to close the pool.
    • Grove HOA Pool Rules
      • No one under the age of 16 are permitted to use the pools unless accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older.
      • Residents are permitted to have only up to 5 guests per unit.
      • Gates are to be kept closed at all times.
      • Pools are open from dawn to dusk.
      • Owners are responsible for their children, guests, and renters.
      • No thong swimsuits, boxers, or street clothing with rivets, snaps, metal buttons, or zippers.
      • Pool umbrellas must be closed prior to leaving.
      • No swimming during an electrical storm.
      • Infants must be in waterproof diapers to be in the pools.
      • No playing on pool rope/safety line or handrail. Pool rope/safety line must remain in place. The line may be temporarily removed from the pool to swim laps only when there is a safety attendant and it must be reinstalled to its proper location upon completion of the exercise.
      • All trash must be removed when leaving the pool area.
      • Listening to music is only permitted using headphones.
      • No skateboards or bicycles on the pool decks.
      • No abusive language, profanity, or inappropriate behavior.
      • No alcoholic beverages.
      • No smoking or use of tobacco products. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of entrances/exits.
  • Play Area (former Tennis Court)
    • Play Area hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Owners are responsible for their children, guests, and renters who use facilities.
    • Children 10 and under must be supervised by a responsible person age 16 or older.
    • No pets.
    • No climbing on fence.
    • All trash must be removed when leaving the play area.
    • Do not disturb red safety padding.
    • No smoking or use of tobacco products. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of 
entrances/exits.

Buildings

  • AC/Fans
    • AC units and fans are never to be placed in windows; however, there are options for AC units upstairs. Email the Board for options.
    • No one is allowed on the roofs except contractors with prior Board approval.
  • Building Changes
    • All building modifications must be approved by the Board.
    • No one is allowed on the roofs except contractors with prior Board approval.
  • Doors/Windows/Light Fixtures
    • Owners replacing their exterior doors/windows and light fixtures must request approval from the Board prior to carrying out the work.
    • Permits must be obtained if required by the City of Lakeland.
    • Doors must be painted in “Grove Paint” #B403-33977, Gallon #A89T54, and can only be purchased from Sherwin Williams located at 617 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland.
    • Doors and windows must be in good repair.
  • Fence
    • Fence plans must be submitted to the Board for approval prior to any work.
    • Fences must be painted in “Grove Paint” #B403-33977, Gallon #A89T54, and can only be purchased from Sherwin Williams located at 617 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland.
    • Fences must be maintained and in good repair.
    • No temporary fencing or other enclosures may be placed in a yard.
    • Items hanging over fences (e.g. towels, clothes, bedding, mops, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Grounds
    • No tents or canopies permitted more than 72 hours.
    • Anything added to the common areas must be approved by the Board in advance.
    • No large toys or party equipment are permitted outside of a unit. Examples of prohibited items include, without limitation, slides, moonwalks, bouncers, and dunk tanks.
    • No fireworks.
    • No firearms, air rifles, air pistols, BB guns, pellet guns, spring guns, bows and arrows, cross bows, slings, or any other projectile or thrown weapons may be used or displayed outside of a home.
    • No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, coaster, or other similar device on any sidewalk.
  • Gutters
    • All gutters must be approved by the Board prior to being installed.
    • Gutters must remain debris free and maintained in good condition.
    • All damage caused to the exterior of a building by an owner’s gutter is the financial responsibility of the owner.
  • Patios/Porches
    • No toys, bikes, scooters, etc. are to be left in a visible location; neatly stored in an enclosed patio is acceptable.
    • No mops, brooms or trash are to be left in a visible location.
    • Only patio furniture, flower pots, plant stands and approved deck boxes are permitted on front porch and back patio.
    • Barbecue grills are only allowed on the back patio.
  • Satellite Dishes/Antennas/AC Units
    • No one is allowed on the roofs except contractors with prior Board approval.
    • Satellite dishes and antennas are permitted, but can only be placed on the roof after Board approval is given. All wiring must be black and concealed. They must be anchored to the AC platform and cannot be bolted to the roof.
    • Any damage to the roof or other structure caused by any satellite dish, antenna, or AC unit or the installation thereof will be the owner’s responsibility.
  • Screen Enclosures
    • Screen enclosure plans must be submitted to the Board for approval prior to construction.
    • Screen enclosures must be in good repair and kept neat.
  • Signs
    • No signs are permitted inside or outside of the unit. No “Open House,” “For Rent” or “For Sale” signs are permitted to be posted. A bulletin board is provided at the clubhouse for owners wishing to advertise or post notices.
    • Owners who wish to advertise a unit for sale or rent on The Grove website or social media may contact the Board.
  • Water Usage
    • Any resident who plans to be away from home for three or more days must turn off the water to the unit at the shut off valve located at the rear of the unit.
    • Report any water leaks or suspected water leaks immediately to the Board.
    • Water hoses must have automatic shut off nozzles. Hoses must be turned off when not in use.
    • Grass that needs to be watered will be done by our landscaping company. If the grass needs watering a maintenance request can be made. Individual sprinklers are not allowed.
    • Maintenance and replacement of the shutoff valve is the responsibility of the owner.
  • Windows/Tinting
    • Tinting is permitted on windows.
    • Tinting must be in good repair. If it is scratched or begins to peel or bubble it must be removed or replaced.
    • Window treatments must be a neutral color. Dark colors are permitted, provided they have white, cream or light tan backing.
    • Window treatments must be maintained and in good repair. Broken or sagging blinds must be repaired or replaced.
  • Yards
    • Yards must be well manicured and have mulch, stone, or river rock. Please use treated mulch to prevent termites.
    • No planting of trees, shrubs, or plants that can damage the roofs, shingles, siding, or foundation of the sidewalks or buildings. Before planting, contact the Board.
    • Owners who have plants and trees are responsible for any damage to the building or sidewalks.
    • Trees and plants must be trimmed away from the building.

Neighborhood

  • Children
    • For their safety, children are not permitted to play in the roads. Children riding bicycles must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised at all times.
    • Play areas are located at the basketball court, concrete slab near the small pool, and the former tennis court across from the clubhouse.
  • Forms
    • All owners are required to submit an Owner Registration form. The form is valid for 12 months after submission to the office.
    • The Board must approve each tenant prior to occupancy of the townhouse. Prospective applicants must submit the Tenant Application form and submit to a background check.
    • Approved tenants must submit the Tenant Registration form. Forms must be completed every 12 months even if there are no changes. Tenants must also be given a copy of the Rules & Regulations.
    • Owner is required provide tenant(s) with the Grove HOA Rules and Regulations.
    • All forms can be found on our website www.grovehomeowners.com in the “Forms” tab. Printed copies are available upon request.
  • Moving In/Out
    • The Board must be notified immediately when owners or tenants move in or out.
    • When moving in or out of the community, moving vans, trailers and PODs are permitted, but cannot be left on the property for more than 3 days.
  • Noise
    • Music and other noises must be kept at a reasonable level and must not be loud enough to disturb your neighbors.
    • No music, television, voices or other noise should be heard from the outside of your unit or in adjoining units.
    • Anyone disturbed by loud noise from their neighbor should ask them to turn it down. If they refuse to turn it down, call the Lakeland Police Department’s non-emergency line at (863) 834-6900.
  • Trash
    • All trash must be placed inside the appropriate dumpster and closed afterward.
    • Cigarette butts are considered “trash” and subject to all rules regarding trash.
    • Items too large for dumpsters must be taken to the landfill. Discarding large items on Grove property is prohibited.
    • Trash must be enclosed and bags tied securely before placed into garbage dumpsters.
    • No construction or commercial trash is allowed in garbage dumpsters.
    • Boxes should be flattened before being placed into the recycling dumpster.
    • No yard debris allowed in dumpsters.
  • Vehicles
    • Only minor vehicle maintenance is allowed, e.g. tire change, checking fluid levels, changing windshield wipers.
    • No oil changes allowed on Grove property.
    • No evidence must be seen following vehicle maintenance.
    • Vehicles must be washed in the car wash area located in front of the clubhouse. Use of automatic shut-off nozzle is required and hose must be turned off when not in use.
    • Every unit has one assigned numbered parking space. Notify visitors to only park in non-numbered spaces.
    • Vehicles without current tags and/or not in operable condition will be towed at owner’s expense.
    • Vehicles must be in good repair. Broken or missing parts (e.g. windows, tail lights, etc.) must be repaired within two weeks.
    • Parked vehicles must not extend over the sidewalk.
    • Vehicles must not be driven on sidewalks or grass unless approved by the Board.
    • Speed limit is 15 mph.
    • Vehicles must follow all traffic signs, including stop signs.

Pets

  • Pets
    • Damage to grass due to pets and excessive use is the responsibility of the owner.
    • Only two pets per household are allowed.
    • Only animals weighing 45 pounds or less when fully mature are permitted.
    • Owners who registered their existing pets prior to August 1, 2011 are grandfathered in, and such “grandfathering” shall only continue until the existing pets are no longer in the units.
    • All animals, including service animals, must be registered with the HOA.
    • Dogs are not allowed to be tied outside or left in enclosures or fenced areas without the owner present.
    • Dogs must be on a leash at all times and walked in the designated dog walk area located along the outer perimeter fences.
    • Owners are responsible for disposing of their pet’s waste.
    • Animal Control will be contacted to remove all cats and dogs running loose on the property.
    • Excessive dog barking will not be tolerated.
    • No exotic animals are permitted. Exotic animals include, without limitation, snakes, alligators, ferrets, weasels, rodents, insects, and spiders.

Violations

As set forth in §720.305(2), Florida Statutes, “[t]he association may levy reasonable fines. A fine may not exceed $100 per violation against any member or any member’s tenant, guest, or invitee for the failure of the owner of the parcel or its occupant, licensee, or invitee to comply with any provision of the declaration, the association bylaws, or reasonable rules of the association unless otherwise provided in the governing documents. A fine may be levied by the board for each day of a continuing violation, with a single notice and opportunity for hearing, except that the fine may not exceed $1,000 in the aggregate unless otherwise provided in the governing documents. A fine of less than $1,000 may not become a lien against a parcel. In any action to recover a fine, the prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorney fees and costs from the nonprevailing party as determined by the court.”

As also set forth in §720.305(2)(b), Florida Statutes, “[a] fine or suspension levied by the board of administration may not be imposed unless the board first provides at least 14 days’ notice to the parcel owner and, if applicable, any occupant, licensee, or invitee of the parcel owner, sought to be fined or suspended and an opportunity for a hearing before a committee of at least three members appointed by the board who are not officers, directors, or employees of the association, or the spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister of an officer, director, or employee. If the committee, by majority vote, does not approve a proposed fine or suspension, the proposed fine or suspension may not be imposed. The role of the committee is limited to determining whether to confirm or reject the fine or suspension levied by the board. If the proposed fine or suspension levied by the board is approved by the committee, the fine payment is due 5 days after the date of the committee meeting at which the fine is approved. The association must provide written notice of such fine or suspension by mail or hand delivery to the parcel owner and, if applicable, to any tenant, licensee, or invitee of the parcel owner.”

Violations are issued by the Board as follows:

  • First offense is $25 per day per incident.
  • Second offense is $50 per day per incident.
  • Third (or more) offense is $100 per day per incident.
  • The Board may take immediate action to correct trash violations.
  • If repair, removal or cleanup is required, the Board may correct the violation. All costs and/or additional fees will be billed to the owner.
  • Amenity violations may lead to temporary amenity access suspension.

This is a summary of our Rules and Regulations. You may download the official copy here: Grove HOA Rules and Regulations

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