Buying, Selling, and Renting
Buying a Home in Scenic Ridge
The seller needs to give the buyer an application for the transfer of membership. If the buyer has not received and submitted this completed application, the buyer needs to complete the form, send it to the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association at One Amber Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 along with payment or a letter from the buyer's attorney promising payment per the instructions on the form. A receipt will be issued to the buyer upon the processing of the completed application and the "one-time" contribution to the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association Capital Fund at the current contribution rate (equal to one quarter (1/4) of the annual assessment at the time of the purchase) in addition to an Administrative Fee also equal to one quarter (1/4) of the annual assessment at the time of purchase.
Membership for all Lot owners is compulsory to enjoy the privileges of being a Scenic Ridge Homeowner and avoid potential liens on your property.
Selling a Home in Scenic Ridge
The Board of Directors must be notified in writing of a Lot owner's intention to sell their unit by completing and submitting a Transfer of Membership Application Form to the Secretary of the Association. The Association will NOT release a Statement of Assessments letter until: (1) this COMPLETED FORM; and (2) a POSTDATED CHECK OR MONEY ORDER are received for full payment (from the buyer) OR a SIGNED LETTER FROM THE BUYER'S ATTORNEY, stating the fees will be held in escrow and paid to the Association within seven (7) calendar days after the closing, is received, along with the completed Transfer of Membership form. In either option, the completed Transfer of Membership form and a payment option must be submitted to the Association before the closing.
All assessments must be paid in full prior to the sale or the Association will place a lien on the unit in accordance with the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association By-Laws and Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements, thereby potentially preventing the sale from occurring.
Each seller must inform the buyer that membership shall only be granted upon a capital fee contribution equal to one quarter (1/4) of the annual dues in effect in addition to an Administrative Fee also equal to one quarter (1/4) of the annual assessment in effect at the time of purchase.
Each seller must give a copy of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements, the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Handbook, the Association's By-Laws and subsequent resolutions and amendments to the buyer. If you no longer have your copies available, they may be purchased from the Scenic Ridge Board for a moderate fee.
The maximum size for posted "For Sale" signs is 12" X 24".
The Transfer of Membership form may be obtained from the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org in the event you cannot print the online form and the included copy in the Appendix of the handbook is missing or damaged.
If you would like to list your home on our website, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Renting Your Unit
In 2014, a Rental Resolution was passed to restrict the number of rental units to a total of five (5) and require that anyone renting, going forward, must have lived in the development for reasonable amount of time before being allowed to rent.
Lot owners are required to notify the Board of Directors in writing of their intention to rent their unit by completing a Rental Request Form. The form may also be obtained from the Scenic Ridge Homeowners' Association by email request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An annual $1,000 administration fee is payable to the Board for each calendar year when renting your unit, regardless of lease length or start and end dates of the lease.
Homeowner(s) should perform background checks and obtain references from the potential renter(s). It is the Lot owner's responsibility to convey the rules and regulations of the Association to the renter and to ensure their compliance with all such rules and regulations. The Lot owner will be responsible for payment of any fees, charges, and damages incurred by their renters.
The renter shall be granted certain privileges, such as the use of the recreational facilities and pool, with the stipulation that all Lot owner assessment payments are current and that the renter is in compliance with the Scenic Ridge Rules and Regulations.
The Lot owner(s) will be held responsible for all renter(s) actions that are not in compliance with the current Association rules and regulations. The Lot owner also is delegating usage rights to the recreational area to the renters, essentially forfeiting their own rights to the renters.
The resolution adopted by the Board regarding the rental fee on August 13, 2001 is:
A member shall notify the Secretary of the Corporation of the name of any tenant or guest who is delegated the right to enjoy the Common Area and recreational facilities. For the purpose of this Rule, a “guest” is one who resides in the home on a Lot in excess of thirty (30) days while the member is not in residence.
The tenant or guest, as the case may be, shall acknowledge in writing to the Corporation, prior to occupancy, that he or she shall be bound by the provisions of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations of the Corporation.
No occupancy by the tenant or guest may occur if the member is delinquent in the payment of assessments to the Corporation.
The member shall pay to the Corporation in advance a fee in the sum previously approved by the Directors for the purpose of administering this Rule. Until amended, the administrative fee shall be at the rate of $500* per Lot for each year of a lease. If occupancy by a tenant or guest is for less than a year, the administrative fee shall be apportioned on a monthly basis; provided, however, that the minimum administrative fee shall be $100.
A member who violates any provision of this Rule is subject to a fine of $3.00 for each day that the violation exists. The fine is additional to the administrative fee set forth in Section D of this Rule. The imposition of a fine under this Rule shall not preclude the Corporation from any other remedy under law, the Declaration, or By-Laws.
The provisions of this rule shall be effective as of September 1, 2001. Members with tenants or guests in occupancy under pre-existing leases or occupancy arrangements shall be required to comply with the provisions of this Rule by September 1, 2001.
Notwithstanding anything stated herein to the contrary, all applicable provisions of the Declaration, By-Laws, and other applicable Rules and Regulations of the Corporation, remain in full force and effect regarding leasing of Homes and Lots.
*PLEASE NOTE: The $500 fee was increased to $1,000 annually in 2014