The Harper’s Choice Village Covenants are a set of legal documents which are a part of your deed of ownership and represent a binding contract between the Village and each of its property owners and residents. Similar covenants exist for each of the other nine villages in Columbia.
The covenants address property maintenance standards, architectural control over exterior changes to property, and in-home industry or professions. Complete copies of the Covenants may be obtained at Kahler Hall, or you may download them from our website.
Forms, Documents, and Guidelines
We have a variety of forms and documents available for your review and easy access on our website:
- HCCA Village Covenants
- Guidelines for Exterior Alterations & In-Home Businesses
- Columbia Association Policy for Vacant and Abandoned Property
Applications Formatted for Electronic Completion
For added convenience, the following forms are formatted so you can download and complete them using your favorite PDF application.
Applications Formatted to Print and Complete by Hand
These forms are formatted so you can download, print, and complete them by hand.
Covenant Enforcement Process
When a property in Harper’s Choice is not being maintained or a change has been made to property without the prior approval of the Village Architectural Committee, the owner may be in violation of the covenants. Please contact HCCA staff by phone, email, or in person with any concerns or complaints. Where practical, we suggest residents first talk with their neighbors about any concerns. Your view may be directly into your neighbor’s rear yard, but they may not regularly see that pile of debris that is an eyesore to you. Talking with your neighbors can often resolve the matter without the formal intervention of Village officials.
Please be aware that the staff of the Harper’s Choice Community Association does not inspect homes for covenant violations as a regular course of business. Most often, violations come to our attention through complaints that may be made anonymously. The Covenant Advisor will make a site visit to determine the validity of the complaint and will then send the homeowner a letter asking for the problem to be corrected. Experience has shown that most violations are resolved this way.
In some cases, residents have circumstances that prevent them from quickly resolving the matter. We encourage residents to contact the Covenant Advisor promptly when they receive a letter from this office. Once contacted, we will work out a time frame that works for the individual property owner, as well as the Village.
Rarer still is that property owner who, for one reason or another, chooses not to comply. We are then obligated to uphold the covenants and must seek remedy in the courts. All costs associated with these proceedings become the personal obligation of the homeowner and represent a lien on the property. It is important to note that the courts have consistently upheld the covenants, so promptly resolving a maintenance violation is in everyone’s best interest.