|About the Grange|
Do we pay GST on HOA Fees?
Starting in 2021, the Grange Homeowners Association will be charging GST on all fees. Our Auditor for the fiscal year of 2019, Cass & Fraser Chartered Professional Accountants, informed us that we need to collect and remit GST, since our organization makes revenues over $50,000. Since the start of the Grange Homeowners Association, the Board has understood that collecting GST was not necessary, as we felt that we were acting in the same capacity as a Condominium Board. Condominium fees are GST exempt, as per the CRA guidelines. So, the Board felt it was necessary to seek the advice of a tax law expert. On the recommendation of our legal advisors at Parlee McLaws LLP, we reached out to BDO Canada LLP. An accountant within BDO Canada LLP, has confirmed that in fact Homeowners Associations, such as ours, have to collect and remit GST. The same accountant will be working on our behalf registering for GST and correcting our historic GST accounting.
What is The Grange Homeowners Association?
The Grange Homeowners Association was created to provide funds to uphold the aesthetic standard for our community. The GHOA intends to provide immediate value to its members through the development and maintenance of common areas within our community and representation to the City of Edmonton on issues of interest to all Grange residents. The intention is to go beyond the limited and infrequent grounds maintenance provided by the City in an attempt to elevate and promote The Grange. Painting the fences on the main routes through the community, maintaining the flower gardens on the street islands are just a few examples of how some of these goals can be achieved.
What do my GHOA fees pay for?
Your annual GHOA fee pays for the following:
For more information, check the “Project Updates” section under the” Lastest News” headline.
How is the GHOA notified of a change in home ownership?
GHOA is not automatically notified when a property transfers title in the Grange and this at times leads to confusion for the new homeowner. It is the responsibility of the purchaser (through their lawyer) to notify GHOA of the change in ownership.
How is information shared with the GHOA community?
Information about The Grange is disseminated utilizing the following methods:
What is the GHOA doing about crime in The Grange?
The Glastonbury Community League and The Grange Homeowners Association supports the Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch program and encourages all residents to participate in this worthwhile crime prevention program.
How can I participate?
How can I get involved in The Grange Homeowners Association?
There are numerous ways to improve our community. The best way is to come to the Annual General meeting and identify yourself as someone who would like to volunteer. Please note that volunteering is not limited to board membership – together we will better our neighbourhood. If you are interested in volunteering contact us via this website or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to be a member of The Grange Homeowners Association?
Yes, membership in The Grange Homeowners Association by a buyer is a condition of purchase; a buyer is not given an option to reject it. If you own a home in The Grange there is an encumbrance on your property, which obliges you to pay the annual GHOA membership fee.
Selling my house or condo, who should I inform about the GHOA, its services and annual fees?
In the event you are selling your house or condo you should inform your real estate agent, lawyer, and any potential buyer about the GHOA.
Discuss the following items:
Take advantage of what’s provided as an additional selling feature of living in The Grange neighborhood.
Have them go to the website http://www.thegrangecommunity.ca
What is happening with the playground located at Graham Gate and Graham Wynd ?
There are no immediate plans to change or refurbish the playground.
The City of Edmonton has rated this playground a 3.45 out of 5. This means the playground is in good condition and while there is some wear on the overall structure it is still in reasonable condition. The remaining life for replacement is estimated to be in 2033.
The Playground Condition Report was requested on November 30, 2018.
What is a Restrictive Covenant?
To provide enhancement of the community over the years to come, restrictive covenants in many communities in Edmonton have been registered against all single-family lots. Restrictive covenants include restrictions on roofing materials that are permitted and required that all fence constructed by residents be constructed in accordance with the design identified in the restrictive covenants. For more information check out the header, “Restrictive Covenants” on this website.
Is there a specific shingle I need to use when replacing my roof?
The goal of The Grange is maintain aesthetic appeal and replace shingles with a like color.
Both metal and asphalt shingles will be accepted as long as they are a similar style and color to what you currently have on your current roof.
Here are some examples of shingles current homeowners have used:
Please check with the GHOA should you have any questions about the type or color of shingles you are required to use.
Is there colour I need to use when painting the fence in The Grange community?
Yes, there is a colour that you are required to use when painting your exterior fence which is:
If you are painting fences, please ensure they are the right colour. Having a unifying fence colour is a large part of what keeps our neighbourhood cohesive and appealing.
Is there a Restrictive Covenant on the design of garage I build?
Yes, the design of a garage must comply with the following:
Is there a fence design I need to follow when replacing my exterior fence?
Yes, there is a specific design you need to follow when replacing your exterior fence.
Residents who have a black vinyl chain link fence at the rear of their lot that was installed by The Developer can either have a wood screen fence or black vinyl chain link fencing installed on the side yard of residential lots. Only Stages 10A, 10B, 10C, 15, 16 have chain link fences built by The Developer.
Please also refer to the City of Edmonton BUILDING A FENCE OR PRIVACY SCREEN for more information before fence replacement or repair.
How do I know which Restrictive Covenant applies to my property?
There are two ways you can figure out which Restrictive Covenant applies to your property:
Questions about a homeowners association?
What is a homeowners association?
A homeowners association (HOA) is a group created by the developer of a community. Functions vary, but many HOAs monitor architectural guidelines or provide maintenance services for amenities that the municipality will not maintain. HOAs are common in newer communities, including some condominiums. Where HOAs exist, membership is compulsory as is the requirement to pay an annual fee. The HOA fee is separate from a condominium unit owner’s condominium contributions. The existence of an HOA is registered on the property title.
What is the benefit of having a homeowners association?
Neibourhoods with a HOA tend to have high aesthetic appeal overall for many current owners and potential buyers.
What is the difference between my condominium association versus the Homeowners Association?
There was an excellent article published by McLeod Law LLP that answers this question very well.
What is the difference between The Grange, The Glastonbury Community League and The City of Edmonton?
The Grange Homeowners Association:
Glastonbury Community League
The City of Edmonton
What is the Glastonbury Community League?
The Glastonbury Community League is a volunteer-run organization serving the residents of Glastonbury in west Edmonton and the immediate surrounding area. The League encompasses the Grange, Granville, and Parkland subdivisions, and exists to encourage and facilitate involvement by the community to build a safe, friendly and active neighbourhood. It provides programs, services, and infrastructure and acts as an advocate for the community representing its needs and interests.
Please visit their website and become informed: https://www.glastonbury-cl.org/