Frequently Asked Questions

CMHOA has created the following list of questions and answers based on most frequent inquiries.  Please thoroughly review them prior to submitting your question to CMHOA.

A: Each residential unit’s deeded Property Owner is a Member of the Country Meadows Homeowners Association (CMHOA).

A: An Active member is the unit’s deeded property owner that is current in “good standing” of all assessments, documentation and free of fine and violation. Members who are delinquent in assessments, fines, association documentation, or whom are repeatedly in violation of the Rules and Regulations, may be denied privileges at any time. These privileges shall include but are not limited to, the right to participate in elections, the use of the community parking lots, recreational (RV) parking lot and storage facilities, facility rooms and the recreation hall, pool facility, the park and surrounding grassy areas, basketball courts and the playground.

A:   Member assessment dues pay for all the operating costs incurred by CMHOA over the course of a fiscal year.  <Our fiscal year is June 1st to May 31st>. A portion of the dues are also allocated to a reserve fund for replacement of major building components over a thirty-year span.  Examples of operating expenses are landscape maintenance, insurance, community water service, management, utilities to run the common areas, janitorial service for the common areas, pool maintenance and security system monitoring and maintenance.

A:  Currently, our regular assessment is $185.00 per month and is due in our office on the 1st of each calendar month.  If your assessment remains outstanding on the 15th of the month, a late fee of $10.00 will be imposed to your account.  

A:  Assessment payments are to be mailed to CMHOA at the above referenced address.  We do not have a payment drop-off location so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for mailing your payment to avoid a late fee.  Payment coupons are no longer available or required.  Please ensure that your assessment payment references the property owner’s name, unit street address and Lot #.

A:  CMHOA does NOT send out monthly statements or payment reminders.  If you do receive a statement or notice it’s generally because communication is necessary or your account is delinquent.

A:  The Board of Directors (BOD), whom consist of three-five volunteer members elected by vote to a two-year term of office.   POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

A:  CMHOA holds an Annual Meeting of the Membership, Election and Budget each Summer.  Regular meetings of the CMHOA Board of Directors (BOD) are held quarterly.  Regular meetings are usually held the 3rd week of each quarter month on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. or a Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.   Meetings are held on-site in one of the facility buildings located in the common area.  Signs are posted within the community, on the Event Board and our website, when an upcoming meeting is scheduled.   PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON MEETING SCHEDULES, ALTERATIONS AND CANCELATIONS.    Meetings may only take place when a majority quorum exists.  Homeowners are always welcome and encouraged to attend. 

If you have a matter that you wish to add it to the meeting Agenda, please submit your request in writing 7-14 days prior to the meeting.   Agenda items received after the due date will be added to the following quarter meeting schedule.

A:  There are three ways to contact the CMHOA BOD:

1)           By attending a meeting during the Open Forum portion of the Agenda;

2)           In writing, correspondence may be sent to: P. O. Box  20965, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0965;

3)           By email to cmhoa20965@gmail.com.  

A:  There are three ways to obtain copies of CMHOA information and documents:

1)           By accessing our website at www.cmhoainc.com;

2)           In writing, request may be sent to: P. O. Box  20965, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0965;

3)           By email to cmhoa20965@gmail.com.

A: CMHOA has an agreement with a legal collection service to pursue collection of any unpaid members assessment dues that are more than sixty (60) calendar days past due (Please see the Delinquent Assessment Collection Policy).

A:  These are important governing documents, which stand for the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.  The CC&R’s define the general powers of CMHOA and establish the guidelines of responsibility for maintenance of the community.  The CC&R’s also contain the “use restrictions” which apply to each of the units.

A: Bylaws are the most basic governing document for CMHOA. The Bylaws define the membership in the organization, the voting powers of the membership, establish the BOD and how they are elected, and define the duties and powers of the BOD and the limits of that power.

A: Any active property owner (member) residing in the CMHOA community may be elected to the BOD, or be appointed by the BOD to a committee established for specific purposes related to running the association and the well-being of our community. POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

A:  Yes. Members may make changes inside the unit that do not involve either the structure of the unit, fire code or safety, or the utilities contained within the unit walls.  When in doubt, it is best to inquire whether you may need prior approval to make a change inside the unit.  All exterior modifications require prior approval.

A:  Written requests are to be submitted by mail to the BOD for review and approval.  Your request should contain as much specific information as you can to describe of the planned modification, including drawings, contractor’s proposals, product specifications, and the name, address and telephone number of the licensed contractor that will perform the work. 

A:  Yes.  Bakersfield city code and CMHOA CC&R’s state that dogs must be leashed and under the owner’s control AT ALL TIMES when in public or in the common areas.  There is no exception to this rule.  

A:  No!  CMHOA does not permit garage and/or yard sales as they pose an increase in traffic on community streets; illegal parking in fire lanes and neighbors driveways; debris; loitering; theft and vandalism.  Residents who wish to host a sale, may do so privately within the confines of their home or backyard, however, advertisement is only permitted at the unit property and may not be posted around the community.  There is no exception to this rule. 

A:  Bakersfield city code enforcement is handled through the Kern County Animal Control.  A formal written request for disciplinary action may be submitted to CMHOA, against another resident.  Requests must contain specific information regarding the offence, such as time, date and whether Animal Control was contacted and responded.

A:  No.  The city code and CMHOA’s Rules and Regulations are quite specific when it comes to acceptable pets in our community.  CMHOA lawfully follows the city zoning laws by allowing members no more than three (3) domestic household “pets” per unit.  Domestic household pets are defined as dogs, cats, birds and fish.   Dogs may not be bred or raised for fighting and/or hunting purposes; and birds and fish must be of indoor cage and container.  Animals deemed as “farm animals,” such as chickens, roosters, goats, etc., are NOT permitted in CMHOA.  When in doubt, its best to inquire with the CMHOA office before bringing a pet home.  

A:  To report a concern of general nature to the common areas or to express points of view for consideration, contact CMHOA.  To report a specific problem observed in the common area, contact CMHOA, a BOD member or the Bakersfield Police Department.  In an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance.   

A:  To report an industrial (metal pole) street light outage, please contact Pacific Gas & Electric at (866) 225-6495 or notify CMHOA.  Be prepared to provide the light number, located on the metal pole, as well as, the exact location of the street light.   Cross streets are acceptable or the address of the nearest residential unit.   

A:  Vandalism is the leading cause of conflict and expense within our community.  It is the responsibility of ALL residents, members and tenants alike, to safeguard our community for the well-being and protection of our families and property values.  If you are witness to an act of vandalism or theft, please call 911 for immediate assistance, than contact CMHOA to report the problem. 

A:  ABSOLUTELY! Should you elect to rent your unit to another individual (“Tenant”), you will be held fully and lawfully accountable for your tenant’s actions.  This liability is not limited to parking & waste fines, but also damages to community facilities and common areas, and nuisance violations.   

CMHOA strenuously encourages all owner members to provide their tenant’s with a copy of our CC & R’sRules & Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions, and to carefully and thoroughly review these materials with their tenants prior to their occupancy.  CMHOA holds all  property owners liable & financial responsible for their tenant(s) actions.

A:  YES!  As per our CC & R’s, property owners are required to complete and submit a Homeowner/Tenant Information Form within FIVE (5) days of any unit occupancy change.  Please understand that a “change” may be as insignificant as an alteration in telephone number or email address.   This policy is enforced.  Forms are available on our website.

A:  Yes.  However, CMHOA does require a written statement (signed and dated by all deeded property owners) clearly defining the powers in which your property manager or representative may assume on your behalf.  Please keep in mind that the property owner is held fully and lawfully accountable for your Property Manager’s actions, in addition to the Tenant’s.    A property manager’s authority to maintain a unit may be overridden by the CMHOA BOD or representative thereof, at any time, to ensure the safety and integrity of the community and its residents, when its determined that the Rules & Regulations have been ignored by the Property Owner, Property Manager and/or Tenant(s).

CMHOA strenuously encourages all owner members to provide their Property Manager’s with a copy of our CC & R’sRules & Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions, and to carefully and thoroughly review these materials with their agents prior to engagement.

A:   All residential streets within the CMHOA community are zoned by Bakersfield city ordinance as fire lanes, NO PARKING IS ALLOWED.  Vehicles parked on the streets are subject to immediate major (escalating) fine, towing and impound at the owners expense.  THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED AND WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTION.    

Due to increasing parking violations, Effective 8/3/2016, CMHOA will no longer request that violators move their vehicles.  Payless Towing will be immediately contacted to remove all illegally parked vehicles at owners expense, and fines will be imposed.    

A:  In addition to the unit’s garage and driveway, CMHOA has six (6) community parking lots available for your convenience.  These parking lots are located on Country Wood Lane, Cedar Glen Lane, Baybrook Way, Country View Lane and Pebble Wood Drive.  Vehicles parked in driveways and the community parking lots must display a valid parking permit hangtag at all times.  There are no exceptions to this rule. 

A:  There are no designated parking spaces or parking lots for Guests in the CMHOA community.  All community parking spaces and parking lots are on a first-come first-serve basis and maintained by parking permit.    

A:  There is no fixed time limit to park your vehicle in a community parking lot if the vehicle is in operational condition (Please see the Rules and Regulations for definition of operational), and displaying a valid parking permit.  If it appears that a resident is abusing the parking permit by storing a vehicle in a parking lot, the resident will be notified to move the vehicle within a noted time period, and store it elsewhere.

A:  CMHOA has an agreement with Payless Towing Service (661-325-7700) to provide towing services for all unauthorized, abandoned, dismantled and improperly parked vehicles, and those vehicles failing to display valid parking permit hangtags.

Due to increasing parking violations, Effective 8/3/2016, CMHOA will no longer request that violators move their vehicles.  Payless Towing will be immediately contacted to remove all illegally parked vehicles at owners expense, and fines will be imposed. 

A:  The towing agreement with Payless Towing Service names the CMHOA BOD and its agents thereof, as authorized persons to request towing.  The CMHOA BOD and its agents perform parking patrols of the community, issuing warnings and violations to those vehicles in breach of the parking rules.  Unless other instructions exist on file, an attempt is made to remedy a parking violation before Payless Towing Service is contacted.  However, NO attempt is made to remove vehicles that are destructing community property, obstructing emergency service personnel, or of repeat offenders.

A:  You may contact CMHOA to report a parking violation as the vehicle is obstructing your individual unit.  Be sure to obtain a complete description of the vehicle; make, model, color, license plate number and parking permit hangtag number if any, and provide the date and time of occurrence.

A:  Parking permits are required within the entire CMHOA community, including the driveways of each unit.  All personal and commercial vehicles belonging to members, tenants and guests there of, must display the appropriate parking permit hangtag or temporary parking permit, as assigned and issued by CMHOA. There is no exception to this policy.

A:  Parking permit hangtags are issued to property owner members or to previously authorized property managers/representatives.  To receive a parking permit for your vehicle, residents must complete a Parking Registration form and provide a copy of the current vehicle licensing as issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Once the required information is received by CMHOA, a Resident (PURPLE) parking permit hangtag will be assigned and issued to the property owner.  Until a parking permit is issued, the non-permitted vehicle must be contained within the confines of the garage or parked outside of the CMHOA community.  There is no exception to this policy. 

A:  All parking permit hangtags are to be affixed to the (interior) rearview mirror, facing the windshield.  Parking permits that are not properly displayed and visible to parking attendants, may be subject to fine and possible towing at the owners expense.

Temporary parking passes are to be affixed to the inside of the front windshield and clearly visible to parking attendants.

A:   Yes!  Residents may have a maximum of four (4) qualified personal vehicles within our  community.   The quantity has been determined by allotting for two (2) vehicles in the unit garage and two (2) vehicles in the unit driveway.  Residents may utilize the parking lots for their personal vehicles, however, the parking lots are to be considered as overflow when a unit garage and/or driveway is unavailable. There is no exception to this policy.    

A:  Yes.  As a normal, commercial vehicles are not permitted in our community but since many residents are now required by their employers to drive their commercial vehicles home, or a resident may have his or her own private business, one (1) commercial qualified vehicle (Defined as: Vehicle used for business purposes, with or without displayed business advertisement) may be parked in the community.   Residents may utilize the parking lots for their commercial vehicle, however, the parking lots are to be considered as overflow when a unit garage and/or driveway is unavailable. There are is exception to this policy. 

A:   Due to CMHOA’s very limited available parking spaces, exceptions to the qualified personal/commercial vehicle limit cannot be made.  Residents may wish to consider an outside storage facility for all excess vehicles.  There is no exception to this policy. 

A:  Property owners are strongly encouraged to register all vehicles belonging to their unit within seventy-two (72) hours, to avoid fine and possible towing at the owners expense.  A non-permitted vehicle may only be parked within the confines of the unit’s garage or outside of the CMHOA community.  There is no exception to this policy. 

Residents with special circumstances are encouraged to contact the CMHOA office to discuss their questions and concerns.

A:  A qualified vehicle is one that is registered to the unit resident(s), is current in license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and displays the owner’s name and unit address on its registration.   

A:   Yes.  All members are issued a resident (PURPLE) parking permit hangtag for each registered vehicle that may reside at the unit, and one (1) Guest (BROWN) parking permit hangtag for an occasional visitor.  A property owner may elect to retain the guest parking permit for his/her own usage to self-manage the property or submit written request to the CMHOA Board for review and approval of an additional issue.  

A:   Unfortunately, CMHOA is unable to assign or issue parking permits to a Tenant directly, without written authorization from the property owner and completion of a Parking Registration form beforehand.  CMHOA encourages all tenants to contact

Tenants with special circumstances, non-compliant property owners and property managers, are encouraged to contact the CMHOA office to discuss their questions and concerns.

A:   Yes.  In addition to resident parking permits, CMHOA will provide each unit with one (1) Guest (BROWN) parking permit hangtag to be used by an occasional Guest.   The Guest parking permit hangtag is to be promptly affixed to the guest’s (interior) rearview mirror upon arrival and retrieved at the time of their departure.

A:   No.  Parking permits are limited to those qualified vehicles that belong to the unit and have been registered with CMHOA. 

A:   Parking within the CMHOA community is limited and must be restricted to ensure sufficient parking for residents, before additional guests shall be accommodated.  Temporary guest parking permits may be available for your planned event, if requested in advance.  

A:   In the event a resident or guest parking permit becomes lost, destroyed, stolen or is not returned from a previous tenant or guest, a non-refundable replacement charge of fifty ($50.00) dollars will be imposed and paid before a new permit is assigned and issued.  All parking permits are the responsibility of the property owner.

A:  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Each parking permit is assigned and issued by resident name, unit address, lot number and vehicle identification number.  Parking permits displayed in unauthorized vehicles or those vehicles failing to appropriately register with CMHOA, will be immediately confiscated and the

vehicle banned from future parking within the CMHOA community.   A major fine of two-hundred ($200) dollars will also be imposed to the property owner assigned the parking permit.  All property owners are liable and responsible for parking permits provided to tenants and guests thereof.     

:   The swimming pool is open seven (7) days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.,

       May 31st to October 31st.   The pool facility is locked and closed from entrance

       November 1st through May 30th.  During the closed (winter) months or periods of repair, the pool access gate is locked and inaccessible.    

A:  All active property owner members are allowed access to the Pool Facility and will be issued one (1) pool key-card per unit, per life-time, with the completion of a Pool Facility Acknowledgment and Wavier Agreement.  Once the form has been received by CMHOA, a pool key-card will be assigned and sent to you.  The (initial) pool key-card is free.  In the event a member’s pool key-card becomes lost, destroyed or stolen, a non-refundable     replacement charge of one hundred fifty ($150.00) dollars will be imposed and paid before a new pool key-card may be assigned and issued.   A completed Pool Facility Agreement form is also required with replacement.

Pool key-cards are only issued during open swim season and to property owners in good standing.

LOST OR STOLEN KEY-CARDS MUST BE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED TO CMHOA FOR DEACTIVATION AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY. 

A:  You simply waive the pool card within one (1”) inch of the gate lock keypad.    A green light will appear if you have been granted entrance (or exit); a fixed red light will remain if your card was not read properly or your card has been deactivated by CMHOA due to inactive status.    

A:   Though it is possible, it is highly unlikely.  Our pool security system opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m. SHARP, 7-days a week, during the swimming season.  CMHOA Rules and Regulations state that all members must begin exiting the pool facility no later than 10:30 p.m. to avoid this possible problem.  If a member chooses to ignore the rule and fails to leave the facility before 11:00 p.m., than it is possible to become locked-in.   

A:   You will likely be very embarrassed… Any person who becomes “locked-in” the pool facility will need to telephone Lock Doc Locksmith (661-831-7979) for an emergency after-hours service call.  The fee for the emergency service is $250.00, due and payable at that time.  <Emergency service call rates are subject to change at the discretion of Lock Doc Locksmith without notice>.   

A:  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!  Each pool key-card is pre-registered by property owner name, unit address and lot number.  CMHOA receives a detailed report of each resident’s daily pool activity and usage. Property owners assume full responsibility for all individuals that they elect to invite inside the pool facility and will be held liable for any damages that may incur during their time usage.  This rule specifically applies to tenants, guests, authorized and unauthorized individuals.  If a resident elects to hold the door open for another person, or loans his/her key-card to another, that individual may cause damage to the facility.  CMHOA will only receive record that the property owner has entered the facility and will hold that property owner fully liable for reimbursement and repair of damages.  THERE IS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS POLICY.

A:   Unfortunately, CMHOA is unable to assign or issue a pool key-card to a tenant or guest directly.  CMHOA encourages you to contact the property owner to see if this privilege is available to you.  Property owner’s must assume full responsibility for their tenants and guests; it is possible that your  property owner does not wish to carry the liability of you and your guests.  

A:   Unfortunately, we are a HomeOWNER’S association and have zero knowledge and/or involvement with your rental agreement with the property owner.   Since CMHOA does not communicate nor work with Tenants directly, we encourage you to contact the property owner (in writing) to express your concerns and reasonable method of resolution.  If your property owner fails to comply, you may also consider contacting the Department of Fair Housing. 

A:   YES!  CMHOA reserves the right to terminate a rental agreement and to remove any individual, tenant, and guest thereof,  that is of problem, nusiance, and/or interferes with the safety, security and well-bring of another resident, BOD member, and/or agent thereof.    

:  YES!  You may access our website at www.cmhoainc.com.   Please note that our website is progressively changing with insightful information added frequently.   We trust the website will prove to be a valuable asset in offering meeting schedules, contact information, community events, upcoming repairs, policies and procedures, forms and documents, a message board, information on local businesses and schools, weather, etc.   Should you have any suggestions with regard to website links or content, or have experience in maintaining websites, WE WELCOME YOUR ASSISTANCE!