That Spell out Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Homeowner
There are FOUR important documents that control your property rights and affect all aspects of your relationship with the Community owner and managers.
As a homeowner, you should know where to easily locate these papers:
1. Your most current Lot Rental Agreement; you should have received a dated written agreement between you and Camelot Lakes (park owner) specific to each lot that you own. The lot rental agreement is issued by the Community Manager as an agent for the owner of Camelot Lakes and is signed by you, the homeowner; it is a legal contract and you should keep your current year lot rental agreement in a safe place, along with the most current notice of lot rent increase.
2. The Park Prospectus, which is a state-reviewed and approved document filed with Florida’s Division of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR); Camelot Lakes’ Prospectus was initially filed in 1985 as a “project description” for construction of the park. The original Prospectus has been amended many times over the years; changes are made to keep it consistent with new state laws, to record changes in park ownership and management, and, as a result of negotiations between the park owner and Sara-Cam, the homeowners’ association, to revise the Park Rules.
The Prospectus is managed by the Park owners, who are legally required to submit any proposed changes to DBPR. A CD copy of the Prospectus is available from the park Manager’s office. The Prospectus is available on the Camelot Lakes website. Of the 150+ pages of the posted Prospectus file, the vast majority show communications between the Park’s attorney and reviewers at DBPR.
For most homeowners, the crux of the Prospectus is its Appendix 5, entitled Park Rules and Regulations, which is an easily readable document that outlines the basic rules of the park, including, but not limited to, certain practices that must be followed by all homeowners, such as pet exercise space, use of recreational facilities and buildings and the park’s guest policy. It also includes standards that the park is bound to uphold, such as frequency of lawn cuttings and the specific hours that the security gate must be manned. Through a membership in SaraCam, you can have input into negotiations that may result in beneficial changes to Appendix 5, Park Rules and Regulations. The most current version of the Park Rules and Regulations (2015) is posted on the Camelot Lakes website (camelotlakesmhc.com) in the residents-only section. Instructions for accessing this document are on the Park Rules April 17, 2015 page link on our main menu on the Homepage.
3. Section 723 of the Florida Codes, Rules and Regulations, which is available in its entirety on this website (saracamhoa.com) under the Homepage main menu tab Florida – State Rules. FL 723 is the legal basis for all actions that can be taken by the Park owner, and the rights of homeowners and the homeowners’ association and its members. Whether or not you are a member of SaraCam, this State law applies to you. Section 723 is controlled by the Florida Legislature; however, advocacy groups, such as the Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc. (FMO), can and do lobby for changes beneficial to owners of manufactured homes.
4. The 3-Year Contract, also known as The Settlement Agreement, which is a negotiated agreement between representatives of the Park’s owner and Sara-Cam, the Homeowners’ Association at Camelot Lakes (as represented by a Negotiating Committee). Florida Law (1) allows the two parties to negotiate on matters of common interest, such as lot rent increases, security and maintenance schedules, and (2) authorizes any settlement to govern the operations of the Park for the 3-year term of the agreement. This means that the Park’s owner and it’s agent (Martin Newby Management Corp, known as “Newby” or “Management”) must comply with the terms the owner agreed to in the settlement. The new Settlement Agreement effective January 1st.
Effective January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019
A Negotiated Agreement between Homeowners (Represented by Sara-Cam Associates II, Inc.) and Camelot Lakes Manufactured Housing Community
NOTE: EXHIBITS A & B (2017 RENT INCREASE NOTICE and 2017 REVISED RENT INCREASE NOTICE ) WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL HOMEOWNERS and ARE ALSO ON FILE WITH THE SARA-CAM BOD; please refer to the notices you received from Management
NOTE: 18 of 19 pages were available for posting; page 19 simply reads: [End of Exhibit “D”]