Homeowner's Responsibilities

Information and resources on maintaining your property

As a Kensington Place Association home owner, you are responsible for maintaining your property so not only the value of your property remains the same or increases in time, but the value of the neighborhood does as well. The restrictions spelled out in the Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Restrictions, Assessments and Liens for Kensington Place Association, Inc. and the city of Delaware Ordinances provide you with information that will help you in your endeavor of being a responsible home owner.    

The following topics cover some of the common responsibilities as a home owner: 

Fences, decks and pools
School Bus Stops
Sidewalk, Use of
Snow and Ice removal
Swimming Pool Fences
Trash and Litter
Yard Maintenance 

No home owner shall construct a fence, deck or pool without first applying for and obtaining a permit from the city of Delaware, Building Inspector, and shall, at the time the permit is issued, pay a fee. The fee for a permit for construction of a fence includes inspections of holes and a final inspection, and for a permit for construction of a deck, includes inspections for holes, framing and a final inspection. In addition, you must comply with the Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Restrictions, Assessments and Liens for Kensington Place Association, Inc. and that includes obtaining Architectural approval through our management company, Towne Properties.

City Ordinance – 1321.08 Fences, decks and pools. 

Be courteous of one another and keep the noise levels down. City ordinance states that no person whether they are the owner, occupant or visitor shall permit any loud noise, music or disturbance, drunkenness, drunken or rowdy behavior, any immoral or indecent acts, or any noise offensive to good morals or tending to disturb the peace and quiet.

City Ordinance 509.10 – Permitting noise or disturbances. 

Pets are members of our families. And as with any family member, there are responsibilities. It is your responsibility to pick up after your pet. You may not allow your dog to run at large. If your dog is not in a fenced in yard, then it must be leashed at all times. Turning your dog loose to run free is disrespectful to your neighbors, frightens pedestrians, and is negligent in keeping your pet safe. Excessive barking, whining, or howling that causes inconvenience or annoyance to a person of ordinary sensibilities is prohibited. When you ignore these responsibilities, you create a public nuisance and that is prohibited by law.

The Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Restrictions, Assessments and Liens for Kensington Place Association, Inc. states that the number of pets per household is two (2), except such pets in excess of such numbers that are less than three (3) months of age. However, pets may not be kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose. Backyard breeding is restricted.

City Ordinance 505.011. - Animals running at large.
City Ordinance 505.08. - Prohibiting public nuisances. 

Please have your children be considerate to the homeowner’s property where they are getting onto the bus. Ask your children to avoid leaving trash at bus stops and not run and play in homeowners’ yards. Teaching your children to be respectful of another’s property is a lesson they can learn before stepping on to that school bus.
Most importantly, if you are driving a vehicle and come upon a school bus from either direction, and that bus is loading or discharging children, you must stop and not proceed until the bus resumes motion or are signaled by the bus driver to proceed. The school bus amber lights do not need to be flashing. If the bus is stopped, you stop.

City Ordinance 331.38 – Stopping for school bus; discharging children 

For everyone’s safety, please use the sidewalk whenever possible. Walking in the street, skateboarding, small children riding bikes are just examples of accidents waiting to happen. The sidewalks in the neighborhood are in good condition for your use. Be safe, use them.

City Ordinance 371.05. - Walking in street. 

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to clear the adjacent sidewalks of ice and snow. This includes corner sidewalk ramps to the streets. Please keep in mind that our children need access to and from school bus stops. Walking through snow and slush results in kids sitting in school all day with wet shoes and socks. Let’s make our sidewalks safe for everyone who uses them.

City Ordinance 521.06 - Duty to keep your sidewalks in repair and clean. 

The Kensington Place subdivision has a maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour on all streets. There are a lot of children in our subdivision so please slow down. Please keep the streets safe for everyone.

The city offers a brochure, A Residential Guide to Neighborhood Speed Enforcement: PDF

City Ordinance 333.03. - Maximum speed limits; assured clear distance ahead. 

All swimming pools shall be enclosed by a wall or fence having a minimum height of four (4) feet. All fences and pool enclosures shall be constructed so as to have no openings, holes, or gaps larger than three (3) inches in width, except for doors, gates or windows which shall be equipped with suitable locking devices to prevent unauthorized access. Fencing materials must comply with the Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Restrictions, Assessments and Liens for Kensington Place Association, Inc.

City Ordinance – 1156.03 (b) Swimming Pools: Accessory use regulations for all residential districts. 

It is the responsibility of every homeowner to keep their properties clean of trash and litter. Please make certain that your trash containers are shut and recyclables are secure in their boxes. Windy trash days play havoc on our street, blowing loose materials all over the neighborhood. Maybe the plastic milk jug at the curb is not yours, pick it up anyway. Advertising bags and phonebooks sit at the curb for weeks. Please pick them up and dispose of them. When trash and litter lie in our streets, two things happen:

* Properties become unsightly and property and neighborhood values decline.
* Trash gets washed into our storm drains and flows to the entrance pond. There, the trash gets sucked into the fountain pumps and cause the pumps to malfunction or burn up. Repairing or replacing a fountain pump costs you, the homeowner.

City Ordinance 521.08. - Littering and deposit of garbage and waste material. 

Vehicles are not to be parked on the sidewalk, street lawn or lawn area, in front of driveways or mailboxes, on or within 20 feet of a crosswalk, nor within 10 feet of a fire hydrant. This is for the safety of all in the neighborhood.

As per the Declaration of Covenants, Easements, Restrictions, Assessments and Liens for Kensington Place Association and the city of Delaware Ordinance …. you are reminded of the following:

No truck, trailer, boat, camper, recreational vehicle or commercial vehicle shall be parked or stored in front of or on any lot unless it is in a garage or other vehicle enclosure out of view from the street and abutting properties; provided, however, that nothing herein shall prohibit the occasional and nonrecurring temporary parking of such truck, trailer, mobile home, boat, camper, recreational vehicle or commercial vehicle on the Property for a period not to exceed seventy-two (72) hours in any period of thirty (30) days.

Please do not stand or park a vehicle in the road, yard or street lawn for the purpose of displaying it for sale, repairing, advertising, jacked up and unattended, displaying an unexpired or fictitious registration. Vehicles that are inoperable, nuisance, junk are also prohibited.

City Ordinance 351.03. - Prohibited standing or parking places.
City Ordinance 351.05. - Parking in excess of seventy-two hours prohibited.
City Ordinance 351.06. - Parking prohibited for displaying vehicles for sale, repair, advertising, or with expired registration.
City Ordinance 521.11 – Junk and nuisance vehicles prohibited. 

Owning property is a big commitment. Maintaining that property is even bigger. A nicely maintained home and yard increases the value of your home and the neighborhood. Please keep weeds under control and try to have your yard mowed at least once a week. If you plan on going away for an extended period of time, have a landscaper, a neighbor or a boy or girl scout mow your lawn while you are gone.

Did you know that raking your leaves into the street and/or storm drain is against the law? The mess you leave in the street actually creates a bigger mess in the underground storm drains that flow to the pond. Trash and leaves create a damming effect in the storm drains, backing water into our streets, slowing the water from our homes (gutters, downspouts and sump pumps). All that water has to go somewhere and it goes to the pond and eventually to the Olentangy River. Clog the storm drains and you flood the neighborhood. Please pick up trash and leaves.

City Ordinance 521.06. - Duty to keep sidewalks in repair and clean; sweeping debris into gutter.
City Ordinance 521.08. - Littering and deposit of garbage and waste material.

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