From Metro Property Standards Code and Metro Zoning Code (insert in your property tax bill 2017/18)
High grass and weeds – grass and weeds can’t be over 12 inches high (BH CCRs restrict to maximum 8 inches high).
Inoperable or unlicensed vehicles – all vehicles have to run and have current tags.
Vehicles parked on the grass – all motor vehicles must be parked on a hard surface (asphalt, concrete, or gravel) [BH HOA limits parking to: in your driveway area or in your garage]
Unpermitted vehicle repair – major vehicle repair or repair for hire is not allowed on residential property.
Premises Identification – all properties must have the numerical address displayed on the building or on the mailbox.
Yard areas – open storage of junk, trash, debris, furniture items, old construction materials, automobile parts, tires, etc. is prohibited.
Dilapidated structure – all structures must be maintained to meet minimum Property Maintenance code requirements.
Fences – all fences must be made from materials designed for that purpose, be maintained in good condition and must meet the required height and setback requirements. [BH HOA has specific material allowed, location, minimum setback, and maximum height requirements].
Unpermitted business activity on residential property – unless the activity meets the requirements for a home occupation permit, business use of residential property is not allowed.
All Short Term Rental Properties (STRP) must have a valid permit before they can be advertised and rented.
The owner of each property is responsible for the actions and behaviors of all residents and guests. This includes all persons who may have a rental, lease, or other homesharing arrangement with the owner. The following is the Rental policy as established by the HOA Board. (Click to download .pdf version of text – 2 pages)
Bradford Hills is a planned unit development limited to single family residential occupancy and is subject to Metro zoning, ordinances, and Bradford Hills HOA legal documents and rules.
The homeowner is the responsible party, regardless of the residence being occupied by guests or persons renting, leasing, or other forms of home-sharing, including roommates.
The homeowner shall provide current contact information for each lot to the HOA including the property address, owners name, telephone/voice mail, AND e-mail address. If the owner is either a corporate owner (Trust, LLC, Corp., etc), they shall provide the name of the “trustee”, “partner”, “owner”, “member” who is authorized to represent the owning entity. Any absentee owner shall provide and maintain the owner’s current mailing address and contact information. All contact information shall be available to the HOA Board, our Property Manager, and others utilized by the HOA Board in managing the HOA.
OCCUPANCY: Single Family: “Family” means for purposes of this chapter, an individual, or two or more persons related by blood, marriage or law, or, unless otherwise required by federal or state law, a group of not more than threeunrelatedpersonsliving together in a dwelling unit. (Metro Code 16.24.030)
PARKING: All vehicles are to be parked in driveways areas (or in the garage). (CCRs)
No parking or storage of buses, tractor-trailers, recreational vehicles or motor homes, house trailers, trailers, junk or wrecked or non-operational vehicles. (CCRs and rules)
No parking on lawn areas (HOA rules and Metro Code 12.40.) Within 30′ of intersection or stop sign, within 15′ of fire hydrant, in front of a mailbox or private driveway, while facing the wrong direction, or obstructing vehicular traffic. (Metro Code 12.40.)
BUSINESS OPERATED FROM RESIDENCE:No clients or patrons may be served on the property. Business shall not be advertised by signs, exterior displays or interior displays of goods visible from the outside, or any exhibit whatsoever that would indicate that the dwelling unit is being utilized for any purpose other than a residence. Offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust or other particulate matter, odorous matter, heat, humidity, glare, or other objectionable effects shall not be permitted. (Metro Code 17.16.250)
NO DISASSEMBLY OF VEHICLES: No vehicle shall be disassembled and worked on in any area of the recorded subdivision. (CCRs)
MAINTENANCE OF STRUCTURES AND GROUNDS: Homeowner is responsible for maintaining lawn, landscaping, shrubbery and trees, including mowing, watering, pruning, and otherwise keeping the structure in good order and repair and free of rubbish. This includes painting and other actions of good property management. (CCRs)
Trash (and recycling bins) are to be stored within your garage or otherwise screened from street view and neighbors except when curbside for pick-up from the night before until returned to storage following pick-up that day. (site)
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL: Plans must be submitted and approved by the HOA Architectural Review Committee in advance of your project start. This applies to all exterior changes and additions to your residential structure and lot. This includes (but is not limited to) such common actions as installing a swing set or playground equipment, installing or replacing a fence (limited to backyard areas only), adding, expanding, or replacing a deck or deck stairs, adding or replacing a covered, screened-in, or enclosed deck or patio. See our property manager or review our legal documents and rules for more details. (CCRs, Bylaws) NOTE: It is the responsibility of the homeowner to obtain all necessary permits and variances, and comply with all building codes in addition to completing HOA requirements.
ANIMALS: Dogs, cats, and other household pets may be kept inside. At no time shall pets be allowed to roam freely or allowed to disturb neighbors by barking or other loud noises. (CCRs)
No Permits are issued by Metro for the keeping of chickens (domesticated hens) in any area of the recorded subdivision. (Metro Code 8.12.020)
EXCESSIVE NOISE:Governed by Metro Code which states that noise can not be plainly audible beyond your property line. (Metro Code 11.12.070)
COPY OF ALL PERMITS: A copy of all permits issued for the property must be provided to the HOA Board and Property Manager. This includes Landlord registration, STRP, etc. (HOA rules)
COPY OF LEASE: A copy of all leases issued for the property must be provided to the HOA Board and Property Manager upon request. This will include all tenant names and contact info (phone and email) for all legal tenants. (HOA rules)
During the Annual Meeting in June 2014, a discussion was raised about “open fires” and “fire pits” and the legality of each in Nashville/Davidson County. After the meeting we did a little research and found the following.
Per the Metro Fire Marshall office (615-862-5230), there is no “open burning” in Metro Nashville. (Open burning is simply defined as anything that does not go up a chimney/smoke stack – see http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1200/1200-03/1200-03-04.pdf).
Some wonder how charcoal grills and gas grills would fall. Under the code followed in Davidson County, there is an exception for “cooking fires” or “recreational fires” (toasting marshmallows). If these fires are in a container, not more than 3′ in diameter, with a flame not more than 2′ tall. This appears to be where charcoal and gas grills come into play.
So if someone is “open burning” – even if in a firepit, and someone else smells unusual smoke or see unusual light/flames and calls 9-1-1 due to this fire, the fire department is required to respond and will either put out the fire or require the homeowner/ resident to put it out.
No building, fence, wall, or other structure shall be commenced, erected, or maintained upon the Properties, nor shall any exterior addition to or change or alteration therein by made until the plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, height, materials, and location of the same shall have been submitted to and approved in writing as to harmony of external design and location in relation to surrounding structures and topography by the Board of Directors of the Association, or by an architectural committee composed of three (3) or more representatives appointed by the Board. In the event said Board, or its designated committee, fails to approve or disapprove such design and location within thirty (30) days after said plans and specifications have been submitted to it, approval will not be required and this article will be deemed to have been fully complied with.”
CCRs, Article V – Architectural Control; filed 03-21-1990
For all exterior projects planned for your property, an Architectural Review is required IN ADVANCE of the project start. Please complete the one-page application, obtain all required neighbor signatures, attach all relevant information (site plan, elevation plans, photographs, drawings) and submit IN ADVANCE to obtain HOA approval (or disapproval).