Rules & Regulations of Your Community

 

Procedures

            By virtue of the size of our community, as well as human nature in general, complaints regarding neighbors or the facilities are bound to arise.  Complaints, whether generated by residents or by Management walk-about, should be clearly set forth in writing, signed, and given to our on-site manager.

After a complaint has been received and reviewed by the management company, if it is found to be a “standard” problem, a letter will be sent to the alleged violator(s) alerting them to the fact that a complaint has been registered against them and the nature of the complaint, and requesting a modification or cessation of that particular activity since it has been judged to be in violation of a governing rule/regulation of the complex.  A copy of this letter will also be sent to the complainant.  If the complaint involves a renter, the letter will be sent to the off-site owner/landlord with a copy to the tenant. 

Before the Board imposes a Fine, the unit owner involved shall be given at least ten (10) day prior written notice and afforded and opportunity to be heard, with or without counsel with respect to the violation(s) asserted.  If the fine is imposed and not paid within a month, then the Board of Trustees and the management company will take steps to enforce the fine pursuant to the authority granted them in the governing documents.          

Fines levied on the residents of a rental unit are, in actuality, levied against the unit owner(s), because it is the owner, not the renter, who is legally bound by the Association’s bylaws.           

Any decision made or action taken against an individual by the Association may be appealed.  Pursuant to the Condominium Act, appeals will be before a person other than an officer of the Association, a member of the governing board or a unit owner involved in the dispute.  These appeals will be dealt with either a special meetings called by the Board of Trustees, or at its regular monthly meetings.  The rules and regulations put forth in this publication have been taken from the governing documents and this Association is governing bylaws.  Requests for special variances must be sent to our management company, which will, in turn, bring them to the attention of the Board.  Any major alterations to the bylaws as they exist must be passed by a majority vote of (51%) of all owners.           

Please keep in mind that these guidelines are meant to help all Renaissance Village residents.  They are based on the governing documents, common sense and common courtesy.  It is the opinion of the Board of Trustees that with just a little cooperation, our residents can live in harmony.

SPECIFIC TOPICAL RESTRICTION           

            Besides the generic restrictions and fines regarding private, limited common and common elements already presented, the following specific restrictions apply as well.

            Basically, no offensive activity will be permitted to be carried on in any unit or in the common elements, nor will the Board allow activities to continue which – either willfully or negligently – interfere with the right, comforts, or convenience of other unit owners or occupants or which are found to be an annoyance or nuisance to same.

PETS

            Failure to adhere to any of the following restrictions will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, a fine of $25.00 per day will be assessed for such violation until such violation is remedied.

Ř      No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept in any area of the common elements.

Ř      The Association permits dogs or cats, provided that they are not kept, bred, or maintained for any commercial purpose and that they are housed within the unit.  A limit of two (2) pets per unit applies.

Ř      Owners who leave their pets unattended on unit balconies for extended periods of time will be reported to the ASPCA’s Enforcement Division.

Ř      No outside dog pens or runs will be permitted.

Ř      Based on Township Ordinances, all dogs must be kept on a leash when they are outdoors.  They must also be licensed.

Ř      All cats must be kept as indoor pets.

Ř      It is the individual owner’s responsibility to clean up after their pet(s), subject to fine.  This problem has become particularly acute in our community, so this particular violation will be strictly enforced.

NOISE

Failure to adhere to any of the following restriction will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, fines will be assessed on a sliding scale based on the nature and severity of the violation.  Fines will be $25.00 per day for such violation until such time as violation is remedied.  Please know that the unit owners have the right to contact the Township for their laws related to noise.

Ř      Running dishwashers and washing machines, moving furniture, vacuuming, drilling, nailing, or any other noisy maintenance activity must not be done between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Ř      No exterior sound speakers, such as those contained in portable radios or television sets, are permitted in the common elements, except within the pool area, and there the volume must not intrude upon other’s enjoyment of the facility.

Ř      No speakers for an interior sound system or television may be turned up to such a volume that they can be clearly heard out-of-doors, or in adjoining units.

SIGNS

            Failure to adhere to any of the following restrictions will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, fines will be assessed on a sliding scale based on the nature and severity of the violation.  Fines will be $25.00 per day for such violation until such violation is remedied.

Ř      No signs are permitted, either on the outside or inside of any unit, except those placed by the owner(s) on unsold or unoccupied units stating “For Sale” or “For Rent.”

VEHICLES

            Failure to adhere to any of the following restrictions will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, a fine of $25.00 will be assessed for the first violation.  If the situation is not rectified within ten (10) days, then additional fines of $25.00 per day will be levied until the vehicle in question is either removed from the property or brought up to DMV specifications.

Ř      No trailers, boats, campers, inoperable, unregistered, or unsafe vehicles are permitted on the common elements by any owner.  No vehicles which are defined as Class II weight class or heavier (as per N.J. Department of Motor Vehicle Registrations) are permitted in the parking areas nearest the buildings.  The overnight parking or storage of trucks or commercial vehicles, which exceed 20 feet in length, is prohibited.  Under no circumstances are tractor-trailers, construction equipment, or any articulated vehicles allowed to park on common elements.  The Board of Trustees may tow any vehicle, which does not comply with the above regulations at the owner’s expense.

Ř      In order to assist in the Association’s efforts to identify and remove vehicles abandoned on its property, the Board may require that all residents complete and return to the Association, a questionnaire listing their vehicle(s) parked within Renaissance Village and their respective license plate and vehicle registration number(s).

ABANDONED VEHICLE PROCEDURE

Once a suspected abandoned/stolen vehicle has been noted by or reported to the Association, the vehicle’s description, license plate number (if any), and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) are passed on to the North Brunswick Police Department.  The Police then run a DMV trace on the vehicle to establish ownership.  If ownership can be determined, that individual/company will be notified by Certified Mail that the vehicle in question must be removed from

Renaissance Village or it will be towed, at their expense.  Should there be no response to the letter or if no owners can be located through DMV, then the Police will contact the Association so that a formal complaint can be signed, authorizing the removal of the vehicle.  The cost of towing will be borne by the owner, once located.  Abandoned vehicles are both “attractive nuisances” and unsightly additions to our parking lots which: (1) as immovable objects, complicate snow removal; (2) used parking spaces which are meant to be available to residents who use their vehicles on a daily/weekly basis; (3) visually degrade the value of our community, and (4) are sources of enormous potential liability to the Association. 

PARKING

            Failure to adhere to any of the following restriction will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, a fine of $25.00 will be assessed for each recorded violation.

Ř      Because of limited space, no parallel parking is permitted.

Ř      No vehicle is allowed to park in the crosshatched areas adjacent to large trash dumpsters.  Parking in these zones makes it impossible for the Township’s trucks to service that station because of the lack of maneuvering room.  Parking in associated areas designated by restrictive signs on garbage collection days is also prohibited and will result in the vehicle being immediately towed with or without notification to the car owner.  The cost for such towing will be assessed to the car owner or the landlord.

Ř      If you are home during a snowstorm and a plow arrives to clear your parking lot, please cooperate by moving your car to permit the snow removal. You can then return your car to its place after plowing has been completed.

Ř      Only minor repairs (i.e., tire changing) may be done in our parking lots.  However, because of the potential environmental hazard it poses, changing of a vehicle’s oil is prohibited.

Ř      Dismantling your vehicle for more extensive repairs is both dangerous (given the number of children living here) and unsightly, and therefore prohibited.

Ř      Vehicle washing utilizing a pail only is allowed.

Because of the severe ramification of the following item, a $25.00, per offense fine will be imposed if it is not respected.

Ř      No vehicle is allowed to park in front of fire hydrants

Ř      Non-compliance with the above-cited parking issues will subject offending individuals to towing, as well as fines determined by the Board of Trustees.

Ř      Non-compliance with handicapped parking spaces will result in not only a fine from the Association, but all Township rules apply as well.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

            Failure to adhere to any of the following instructions will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  These fines will range from $15.00 to $25.00.

            Those items that are defined as “wet garbage” or “trash” in the following section refer to any disposable objects, which are not classified as “recyclables” (aluminum, glass, newspapers, some plastics, cleaned aluminum foil and tin pie plates, and cardboard).  Our garbage collection is done by the Township of North Brunswick twice a week: Monday and Thursday mornings.  All dumpsters around the complex are serviced.

            During the week, residents are free to dispose of their trash in these containers.  Should the dumpster nearest your unit be filled to capacity, please exercise common sense/courtesy and take your trash to one of the other nearby containers.  The Township will not empty a dumpster with trash piled on top of its lids. 

            If you wish to dispose of furniture (sofas, chairs, old refrigerators, bookcases, etc.)

Ř      DO NOT TRY TO PUT THEM INTO THE DUMPSTER!

Ř      So that these large items do not sit for days outside looking unsightly and increasing the Association’s liability (should someone become injured on or around them), before you dispose of them, call the Sanitation Department at 732-297-1134.  Give them your name, address, and tell them that you need a special pick-up for the disposal of whatever item it is.  All such items are to be only placed at the bulk storage near building #9.

Specifically, if you are disposing of a metal item (i.e., washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc.) contact North Brunswick Township at 732-821-5190; if you are disposing of an item of furniture such as a sofa, a table, etc., contact Joe Mazza at 732-297-1134 to arrange for the proper pick-up.

            These steps must be taken, since the regular Township garbage truck does not have the capacity to hold oversized items in addition to its normal load. 

            Once you have called the Township, and then place your special pick-up item(s) on the pad next to your dumpster.

RECYCLABLES

            Failure to adhere to any of the following instructions will cause a fine to be levied against the owner(s) of the unit involved.  Unless otherwise noted, each violation will carry a $25.00 fine.

            In the fall of 1987, the Township of North Brunswick passed an Ordinance, which affects every resident.  This Ordinance was drafted in response to a State Law, which mandated that every individual in New Jersey must be responsible for recycling certain waste products.

            Simply, that means that it is not the Township’s responsibility to dispose of our recyclables.  However, North Brunswick has consented to pick up our recyclable materials, PROVIDED THAT THESE RECYCLABLES ARE PROPERLY PREPARED FOR DISPOSAL.

            If an owner of a single-family home in North Brunswick placed non-recyclable or improperly prepared recyclable materials out for pick-up, the Township would refuse to do that pick-up and would find that individual homeowner.  However, when that happens in a community like Renaissance Village where we have one recycling shed available for everyone’s use, there is almost no way to tell which resident is not complying with the Township ordinances.  Therefore, the Association is fined and not all the recyclable materials in that shed, at that time, would be collected.  In other words, everyone could be penalized because of the laziness of one resident. 

            It is for this reason—among others that we will mention—that the following information and instruction must be followed to the letter.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A “RECYCLABLE?”

For residential units, “recyclable” items are:

-                      newspapers

-                      glass containers

-                      aluminum cans

-                      plastic milk, soda, water containers, and laundry detergent bottles only

-                      cardboard boxes

-                      aluminum foil

-                      tin pie plates

The following three items can be disposed of by taking them to the Quarry Lane Municipal Maintenance Facility on Route 130, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

-                      old school/business notes

-                      old telephone directories

-                      magazines, junk mail, etc.

WHAT IS NOT CONSIDERED A “RECYCLABLE?”

For residential units, “recyclable” items do not include the following:

-                      used light bulbs

-                      plastic six-pack rings

-                      ketchup, margarine, bleach, or other plastic bottles

-                      etc., etc., etc.

DISPOSAL OF RECYCLABLES AT RENAISSANCE VILLAGE

            In order to assist the Township in its recycling efforts, Renaissance Village has on recycling center.  The center is located along the fence by Building #9.

Newspaper

            Follow the rules on the signage at the center.

Glass Containers, Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles

            All of these items must be thoroughly rinsed.  Aluminum cans and plastic bottles must also be crushed.  All items are then to be placed loose into any of the large barrels provide inside of the shed.  Do not put bags of bottles or cans into these barrels, and please do not put trash in the recycling bins.

Cardboard Boxes

            Empty them of any packing materials and disassemble them.  Place individual or tied multiple pieces in the dumpster situated in the center.  Acceptable cardboard is composed of two layers of cardboard with a strengthening middle layer. Cereal boxes, waxed cardboard or shiny cardboard or similar packaging are not considered to be cardboard, and, therefore, are not to be recycled.

Aluminum Foil/Tin Pie Plates

            These items should be thoroughly rinsed and crushed.  Place them into same large barrels as the glass, aluminum, and plastic cans.

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