Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are several questions that are commonly asked by our residents.
If you have any additional questions, contact the Town Manager's Office at 239-594-8044.
Q: How long does Application Approval take?
Answer: Applications for sale or lease of a home takes an average of 7-10 business days to be approved.
For a copy of the Sale Application, Lease Application or Lease Renewal application please click the appropriate link below.
Q: What is a "Management Company", what do they do, and how can I reach them?
Answer: Village Walk of Naples is a self-managed community. This means that our Board of Directors employ and manage the staff who oversee the day-to-day operations of the community. A Management Company, SandCastle Community Management, is contracted by the Board of Directors to provide such services as: collection of maintenance fees, providing financial statements and collection reports. That Management Company reports directly to the Board of Directors. SandCastle Community Management may be reached online at www.sandcastlecm.com or at 239-596-7200.
Q: How is the Community Managed?
Answer: Village Walk is self-managed by a LCAM or Community Association Manager, Assistant Property Manager, Activities Director and Maintenance Staff. For further details on the management of Village Walk, contact the Town Manager's Office at 239-594-8044.
Q: What is a Homeowners Association?
Answer: A Homeowners Association is a non-profit corporation registered with the State and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the Community in accordance with the provision of the legal documents: Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed online at www.collierclerk.com. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the Homeowners Assocation. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.
Q: What are the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions?
Answer: The Declarations of Covenants and Restrictions, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation are the governing legal documents that set up the guidelines for the operation of the planned community as a non-profit corporation. The Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation were recorded by the County Recorder's Office, in which the property is located, and are included in the title to your property. The governing legal documents for the Association may be viewed online at www.collierclerk.com.
Q: What are the Bylaws?
Answer: The Bylaws are the guidelines for the operation of the non-profit corporation. The Bylaws define the duties of the Board of Directors, the terms of the Directors, the membership's voting rights, required meetings and notices of meetings, and the principal office of the Association, as well as other specific items that are necessary to run the Association as a business. The Bylaws for the Association may be viewed online at www.collierclerk.com.
Q: What is the Board of Directors?
Answer: The Homeowners Association is a corporation and therefore, a governing body that is required to oversee its business. The Board of Directors is elected by the homeowners, or as otherwise specified in the bylaws. The limitation and restrictions of the powers of the Board of Directors is outlined in the Association's Governing Documents, found at www.collierclerk.com.
Q: If I am having a problem with a neighbor violating the Rules and Regulations, what can I do?
Answer: If residents cannot resolve a situation between themselves, see the Town Manager's Office. If the situation is deemed in violation of the Rules and Regulations, the Board of Directors will institute the enforcement. Your continued assistance may be required.
Q: Are Board Meetings open to all homeowners? If so, where and when are they held?
Answer: Yes. Notice of the time and place of any regular Board Meeting will be posted in the Post Office no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Board Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month, at 7:00pm, in the Town Hall.
Q: If I want to serve on a committee, how do I find out what committees are active and how I can get involved?
Answer: There are 12 Committees in Village Walk. The list of committees include: Architectural Control Committee, Activities Committee, Blue Zones Committee, Bocce Committee, Document Review Committee, Finance Committee, Fitness Committee, Golf Committee, IT & Communications Committee, Lakes Committee, Landscape Committee and Tennis Committee. Contact the Town Manager's Office to find out the status of current committees organized, committee contact information or if you are interested in volunteering at 239-594-8044.
Q: What is an assessment?
Answer: The assessment is the periodic amount due from each homeowner to cover the operating expenses of the common area and provide for reserve funds for replacement of common facilities in future years. Your assessments are due on the first of July, October, January and April. Statements will be sent for assessments as a reminder of the amount due; however, payment is still due regardless if you receive an invoice or not.
Q: How is the amount of my assessment determined?
Answer: The budget is set upon specific guidelines for utilities, landscape and administration, etc... Reserve funds are monies set aside for future expenses due to the life expectancy of certain items: lighting, street resurfacing, pool equipment, etc... These amounts are then divided by the number of units built in the development. Subsequent budgets are developed by the Board of Directors and adjusted periodically to meet anticipated expenses.
Q: Will the amount of my assessment increase?
Answer: There is no concrete answer to this. Typically, the Civil Code provides for annual increases, but not to exceed 15 percent per year without the vote of the membership. Our Village Walk documents require activating a Voting Members Council vote for an annual increase of 15% or greater. The Board of Directors may approve an budget, increasing your assessment up to this percentage in order to cover increased costs of operating and maintaining the common area and sufficient reserve funds.
Q: What happens if I don't pay my assessment?
Answer: The maintenance and management services incurred by the Association are dependent upon timely receipt of the assessments due from each homeowner. Late payments will result in a late charge. In addition, the Documents allows the Association to charge late charges and interest and proceed with a lien on your property, or foreclosure proceeding for nonpayment of assessments.
Q: What are my voting rights in the Homeowners Association?
Answer: One (1) vote per unit owned.
Q: What restrictions exist on leasing my unit?
Answer: No unit may be leased for a period less than four months or more than three times a year. The maximum time frame for a lease agreement is 12 months.
Q: How much are my assessments to the Homeowners Association and when are they due?
Answer: Manor/Winsor Models $1321.00 per quarter, Glenwood/Oakmont Models $1273.00 per quarter, Capri/Regent Models $1241.00 per quarter. Assessments are due July 1st, October 1st, January 1st and April 1st, regardless if you receive an invoice or not.
Q: Is the Homeowners Association involved in any court cases in which it may face liability in excess of $100,000?
Q: Can I fish in the lakes within Village Walk?
Answer: Yes, however, there is a strict catch and release policy.
Q: Can I have a boat on the lakes within Village Walk? If so, what kind?
Answer: Yes. Canoes, kayaks, and small boats with electric motor only.