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Message to Prospective Homeowners/Residents
 
 

Dear Prospective Lorton Valley Homeowner/Resident:
 
   On behalf of the Lorton Valley Homeowners Association (HOA), welcome to the Lorton Valley Community web page.  FirstService Residential, LLC is our current management agent. The Lorton Valley HOA Board of Directors and First Service Residential wish you luck as you make your home ownership/lease decision.
 
  We at Lorton Valley want to make your home search experience easy and rewarding. To assist you in your decision we have provided "Public" access to a majority of sections within this web page. We are confident the information provided will help you in your decision to take up residence, as an owner or renter, here at Lorton Valley.
 
   Living in a community association can be challenging, yet enjoyable. Knowledge of, and the acknowledgement that you are able to comply with Association Rules and Regulations is a first step towards a successful connection to a managed community. To be successful, the Association needs the active participation and cooperation of all owners/residents. We will always welcome your input. In addition, any  voluntary contribution of your time will assist in developing and maintaining the high standards and services that epitomizes a successfully managed community.
 
  Regular monthly assessment dues are collected to fund the annual operating budget. They are normally collected from the Homeowner and not a tenant (renter). Current Lorton Valley HOA monthly dues $110 per month. These fees go toward the payment of essential services such as community insurance, common grounds maintenance, trash removal, legal services, community club/fitness center management, pool management, administrative costs, property management, capital reserves, and any other item deemed necessary to successfully manage the property. Should you decide to purchase your home in Lorton Valley you will receive a coupon book, covering the current operating year (which runs from 1 January to 31 December) to use when making your MONTHLY assessment payments. Payments are due no later than the 10th of each month. Late fees will be assessed if payments are late. As an alternative, FirstService Residential, offers a direct debit program for the electronic payment of assessments. Please contact First Service Residential, for information and an enrollment form if you wish to participate. Any inquiry concerning your assessment account should be directed to First Service Residential, accounting department.
 
   Managed Community Association living is administered by a set of governing documents termed "Community Covenants". These documents detail various restrictions/prohibitions that you should become familiar with before you make your decision to purchase a home in Lorton Valley. All rules and regulations affecting the community, along with local, state, and federal regulations, are important, and should be given the appropriate attention. We wish to particularly point out the limitations on making any exterior modification to your home without prior written approval from the association.  Violations of this policy can and will result in the HOA taking appropriate action against the offending homeowner.
 
   If you plan to be an absentee owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that: you update your contact information to ensure an appropriate and active address/phone number is available for both routine and emergency communications. Please note that your Lorton Valley address is NOT a valid mailing address if you are not living there. Failure to do so will result in fines assessed against the property until the issue is appropriately resolved. You must also ensure that your tenant and you agree who is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the exterior of your home, including lawn and garden care. Any questions on this matter, or the governing documents in general, should be addressed to the community manager or HOA Board of Directors. We encourage you to ensure your tenant has access to all community rules and regulations, in addition to any requirements you may have established.
 
  If you plan to be a tenant, you are reminded that all HOA rules and regulations apply equally to you and your family. Unless your landlord specifies otherwise, any and all general privileges (e.g., pool access, fitness center use, community center party room rental) granted a homeowner are granted to you, with the exception of voting and/or sitting on HOA Board of Directors. Additionally, as a tenant you may participate as a member of a committee but may not chair such committee.
 
   Lastly, the Lorton Valley HOA conducts all its general community communications via this Community webpage.  Once your move to Lorton Valley is finalized, please take the time to review the webpage and register to receive our communications.  This webpage, and placement of communications letters at the Community Center are the only ways you will be made aware of community-wide issues and events. Individual homeowner issues (e.g., violations,  penalties & fees, lien notices, etc.) will continue through the U.S. Posteal Service, as required by law. This community webpage  page will be continually updated to keep you informed with community and local news. You will also find guidance on reserving the clubhouse for an event, applying for pool passes, and obtaining a key card for accessing the fitness center. It also provides access to all our HOA governing documents. 
 
   We hope that this correspondence has been helpful in your orientation to the Lorton Valley Community
Should you choose Lorton Valley, we look forward to your participation in, and enjoyment of, the community.
 
 
Sincerely yours,
 
 
Lorton Valley HOA
Board of Directors