Homeowners Association (HOA) Basics & Benefits
An HOA ensures your neighborhood remains a great place to live. By maintaining common areas and the community's appearance, your HOA helps maintain your property value and pride in your community.
See below for common questions about HOA's and do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance!
Does Highland Homes manage my HOA?
No. Highland Homes is a home builder - We are not involved in HOA management, collection of HOA dues, or enforcement of HOA covenants. This page is for informational purposes and as a resource to help you learn more about the role of Homeowners Associations.
If you are a current homeowner in a Highland Homes community and have any HOA-related questions or concerns, would like to pay HOA dues, or need an ARB application or any other HOA form, please contact your Homeowners Association directly.
How do I contact my Homeowners Association?
If you live in an active Highland Homes community - View your community page, scroll down to the HOA Information section, and click the "Visit HOA Website” link.
If you live in a community that is no longer on our website - Visit the Florida Division of Corporations website and search by entering the name of your subdivision/community as the Entity Name.
What is included in my HOA dues?
It varies per community, but in general, you can expect your HOA dues to cover:
- Maintenance of common areas in the community such as open space, ponds, entry walls and monuments, landscaping, medians, etc.
- Expenses incurred in managing the association and covenants
- Road surfaces in neighborhoods with private roadways
- Fees for any bulk services in the community, if applicable
- Community amenities, if applicable
Your HOA may even handle your exterior dwelling maintenance and lawn maintenance in certain communities (usually townhome communities).
The best way to determine what your dues cover in your neighborhood is to refer to your HOA documents. You should have received a USB drive, printout, or email with your documents when you signed your Purchase Agreement with Highland Homes. If this is not easily located, no worries - Click here for instructions on how to get a copy of your HOA docs.
What is allowed by the HOA in my neighborhood?
Common questions we receive are what type of fencing is allowed, whether a work truck, recreational vehicle, or boat can be parked in the driveway, and if there are restrictions on pets, trampolines, or playground equipment. There's no simple yes or no answer which encompasses every Florida new home community we build in. HOA rules, also referred to as covenants, bylaws, or restrictions, are determined by the developer of the community initially, and can be amended thereafter by the HOA management.
Similar to the "What's included" question, the best way to determine what is allowed in your neighborhood is to refer to your HOA documents. You should have received a USB drive, printout, or email with your documents when you signed your Purchase Agreement with Highland Homes. If this is not easily located, no worries - Click here for instructions on how to get a copy of your HOA docs.
How can I get a copy of my HOA documents?
If you live in a current Highland Homes community - View your community page, scroll down to the HOA Information section, and click the "View HOA Documents PDF” link.
If you live in a community that is no longer on our website - Visit your County Recorder's website to locate documents recorded for your association, or contact your County Recorder's office for further assistance:
- Hillsborough County
- Manatee County
- Marion County
- Orange County
- Osceola County
- Pasco County
- Polk County
- Sarasota County
What is the difference between an HOA and a CDD?
CDD stands for Community Development District, an entity in Florida that develops land, provides infrastructure and amenities, and maintains the community and its amenities. Not all communities are developed as a CDD - on our website, you can find out which communities have a CDD by viewing the community page and scrolling down to the Amenities section.
In a CDD community, the HOA serves as a vehicle that represents homeowners when dealing with the CDD board. Typically, in CDD communities, the HOA does not perform any maintenance or upkeep of the common areas or amenities; therefore, HOA fees are very low. The HOA will still control the Architectural Review Board, and develop and enforce the community covenants and restrictions.