Rental, Leasing, Home-Sharing Policy

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)

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Rental, Leasing, Home-Sharing Policy

Bradford Hills Homeowners Association

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 three unrelated persons living together in a dwelling unit. (Metro Code 16.24.030)

  3. PARKING: All vehicles are to be parked in driveways areas (or in the garage). (CCRs)

    1. 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)

    2. 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.)

  4. 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)

  5. NO DISASSEMBLY OF VEHICLES: No vehicle shall be disassembled and worked on in any area of the recorded subdivision. (CCRs)

  6. 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)

    1. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

    1. 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)

  9. EXCESSIVE NOISE: Governed by Metro Code which states that noise can not be plainly audible beyond your property line. (Metro Code 11.12.070)

  10. 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)

  11. 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)

Approved by BH Board 10/25/2016

Fire Pits

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.

BHHOA Fine Policy

BHHOA Fine Policy
effective August 1, 2009
chick here to download as .pdf file => BHHOA FINE POLICY 2013