For a Friendlier HOA in Silverleaf
Dear Silverleaf HOA Board,
Hello and warm greetings! It has been a lovely summer season in our beautiful neighborhood, and so nice to see each other a bit more this year after the isolation of 2020.
We are writing for two reasons: one, to say thank you for your service to our community as a member of the HOA Board, and two, to ask for changes to enforcement actions by the HOA. Specifically, we have concerns with the following notices that were recently sent by the HOA to Silverleaf homeowners:
- Asking a homeowner to paint their entire house within 10 days.
- For example: RE: 1751390/ 14995 Nighthawk Lane: “House needs painted” -- without specifying where and giving only 10 days to comply “to avoid proceeding to a First Notice of Violation and the imposition of enforcement fines.” (July 14, 2021).
- Asking a homeowner to remove an entire tree "ASAP".
- For example: RE: 1751375/ 4110 W 149th Avenue: “The dead tree needs to be removed as soon as possible” and within 10 days “to avoid proceeding to a First Notice of Violation and the imposition of enforcement fines.” (June 16, 2021).
- Issuing a notice for trivial weed growth.
- For example: RE: 1751390/ 14995 Nighthawk Lane: “Lawns and rock beds must be kept in a neat and attractive condition.” (July 14, 2021) There were no details given, only the attached photograph.
- Asking a homeowner to clean up a small amount of landscaping material in their backyard during an active landscaping project.
- For example: RE: 1751336/ 14991 Nighthawk Lane: “Please remove the white plastic from your backyard” (July 15, 2021).
We recognize that HOA enforcement procedures exist for a reason and can help us keep our neighborhood enjoyable for residents and desirable for buyers. However, we think the actions noted above were overly aggressive and picky.
Therefore, we are asking the Silverleaf HOA Board to adjust its practices to interpret aesthetic standards with more leeway, provide homeowners with more autonomy and significantly more time to comply, and increase the threshold for identifying a non-compliance. We think these changes will reduce frustration with our HOA, empower homeowners to maintain and improve their own properties, and foster trust and inclusion within the community.
Thank you again for your time, service, and attention.
Signed, the below residents of Silverleaf.