What is a Condominium?

Condominium ownership is a new lifestyle for many people. Talltree South owners form the Fairfax Heritage X Condominium Association, also known as Talltree South. Talltree South was built in 1964 as a rental community and was converted to a condominium association in 1977.

In a condominium, each unit owner holds title in the same manner as an owner of a single-family home. Each owner must pay whatever property taxes are assessed against the unit. Each owner is also responsible for the maintenance within his or her unit.

At the same time, each owner has an ownership interest in the common areas, such as land, roof, stairwells, parking lots, and utility systems. All owners pay monthly assessments, which in turn pay for the common utilities, such as heat, and the maintenance of the common elements. The monthly assessment for your unit is determined by the actual square footage of your unit, in conjunction with the annual budget adopted each year.

The condominium fees, also known as condominium assessments, are your share of the cost of the common expenses: the repair, replacement, and maintenance of what are known as the "common elements" and payment of common utilities and Talltree South's share of the costs of the swimming pool. The "common elements" include the external grounds and parking lots, and the shared portions of the buildings such as the roofs and hallways. The condominium documents include a complete, legal definition of the common elements. A budget is prepared yearly and is provided to each unit owner.

The Annual Meeting of Talltree South is held in October. It is very important that ALL owners attend, in person or by submitting their proxy form, so that a quorum is present. Even owners living offsite should attend or submit their proxy. If a quorum is not present, the association may be forced to reconvene, costing YOU additional money for mailings, meeting expenses, etc. In addition, this is your opportunity to make sure that your community is well managed. Tenants are also welcome, although only owners may vote.

The Board of Directors of Talltree South consists of five members elected by the unit owners of the Association.  The Board:

  • Plans and budgets for ongoing maintenance of the property, including setting the condominium fees to insure proper funding of the budget
  • Contracts for work to ensure proper maintenance and upkeep of the property
  • Establishes and enforces policy, rules, and regulations in accordance with the bylaws, to keep the property a pleasant place to live.

Board terms are staggered to provide continuity.  Each year, some of the seats are up for election.

The Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the local elementary school or other nearby location, at 7:00 PM. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the bulletin boards for your convenience. Whether you are an owner or tenant, you are welcome at the Board meeting.

The Virginia Condominium Act, as amended, gives the Association its legal status and gives the Association authority to levy and collect assessments.  The Declaration and the Bylaws authorize and describe how the Association is to be governed.

The Bylaws are the legal document that governs how the TallTree South Condominium Association operates. This large document is part of the resale packet provided to purchasers. For example, it sets out the officers of the Board of Directors and their terms of office. Amending the Bylaws requires a vote of 2/3 of the unit owners.

The Board Resolutions result in the Rules and Regulations for the policies and procedures to be followed by the Board, the Association management staff, and the Talltree South owners and residents. These rules apply to both unit owners and tenants, and have been provided in on this website and in the Owners and Tenants Handbook. Landlords must make sure that tenants review and agree to abide by all these rules as part of their lease agreement. Talltree South unit owners and tenants must receive and review the governing documents when they purchase or rent at Talltree.

Things You Should Know

Major In-Unit Alterations

Owners may renovate, improve, or alter their units, provided that such renovation does not disturb or remove any structural or load-bearing wall within your unit. Read more ...

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