HOA Documents

In a community with a Homeowners Association, the governing documents benefit everyone by outlining the terms and conditions, by-laws and rules and regulations for residents, tenants and guests to follow. At Garden Lakes, those documents give the responsibility and accountability for applying and interpreting the rules to the Board of Directors, which is elected by the homeowners.

Architectural Review Committee (ARC)

What attracted many residents to Mandalay is the charm of an upscale, timeless style that is consistent among the homes. There’s a variety of looks within the community and a consistency of style without being “cookie cutter.” It’s the job of the Architectural Review Committee to maintain that Mandalay vibe by reviewing any modifications to landscaping, residences or hardscapes prior to project beginning.

The governing documents of the community provide this review authority by naming the HOA Board of Directors as the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Homeowners are required to submit any intended modifications to their lot for review prior to implementation. An ARC review form is available here.

What projects are you thinking about starting? If it’s fencing, pavers for driveways/walkways, exterior painting, tree planting or landscape changes, you’ll need to complete an ARC form.

Rules & Regulations as of August 2023

The secret to keeping the “unity” in community is having neighbors following the same set of rules. The most recent Rules & Regulations for Mandalay can be found here. If you have a question about any of the rules, feel free to check with the property manager or a member of the Mandalay Board of Directors.

Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions For Garden Lakes

As a deed restricted community, all residents agreed to follow the governing documents when they purchased homes in Mandalay. The four governing documents for Mandalay are the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (with Amendments 1-7), Mandalay Association By-Laws, Mandalay Association Articles of Incorporation and Rules & Regulations.

The DCCRs can be found here. In it you will find important guidance about Architectural Review (Article IV), Building Restrictions (Articles V & VI) and fencing (Exhibit J).

Association Articles of Incorporation

The Mandalay Homeowners Association was formed in 2003 with the filing of the Articles of Incorporation, which is available here.
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Association By-Laws

The Association By-Laws detail provide guidelines for the smooth operation of the organization by its members, directors and Board officers.

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Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors of the Association meets monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.  You are welcomed at and encouraged to attend the monthly meetings.  It’s a good way to meet other neighbors, find out what’s happening in the community and make your thoughts heard.

Notices of the monthly meetings are posted on the community notice board at least 48 hours before the meeting. For your convenience, meeting notices will be emailed to you if you let the property manager know to add your name to the broadcast email list.

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FL Statute 720-Homeowners' Associations

Homeowners associations in the State of Florida are governed by two primary statutes, which can be found through the links below. As protection to Florida homeowner communities, all persons serving as directors are required to become certified in basic knowledge of the statutes as part of their fiduciary duty as a director.

Home Owner Document

Florida Chapter 720—Homeowners’ Associations

Florida Chapter 617—Corporations Not For Profit

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