Information for Homeowners

Annual Dues

Welcome to Fairfax Club Estates! In accordance with the Covenants, the FCE Board determines the annual fees that are paid by FCE homeowners in order to fund the Common Areas. Common Areas, as defined by the Covenants, includes the "real property (including the improvements thereon) owned by the Association for the common use and enjoyment of the owners." The Common Areas include the front entrance sign, the pool, the pool parking lot, the tennis courts, the basketball courts, and the playground.  There are also common areas on the north side of John Ayres Drive across from the pool, as well as behind some of the houses on Barn Swallow Court and Goldeneye Lane.

FCE dues are set at the annual Homeowner's meeting in late March (usually the 4th Wednesday of March), and once approved, the Board will provide GHACM with the new budget and fee schedule. Dues (also known as assessments) are paid semi-annually and payments are due on April 1 and October 1, and in accordance with the Bylaws, must be paid within 30 days of the due date. If the assessment is not paid within 30 days of the due date, a 10% late payment penalty will be added to the assessment. In addition the late payment penalty, the Board has approved an administrative charge to pay for our management company's administrative costs associated with late payments.

The best way to ensure you are never late on your payment is to set up an ACH and GHA will take care of the rest. Use the attached form to setup an ACH.

If you do not want to pay via ACH, you can pay by the following methods (keep in mind payment must be received by GHACM within 30 days of the assessment due date or late fees/assessment will be assessed):

  • Go online to www.smartstreet.com  to pay via echeck which is free.  

  • Pay via credit card for a nominal fee of $14.95. 

  • Mail your payments to: Fairfax Club Estates c/o GHA Community Management, P.O. Box 105007, Atlanta, GA 30348-5007.

Architectural Control

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) exists in accordance with Article VI of the Fairfax Club Estates (FCE) Covenants and provides oversight and enforcement of the Restrictive Covenants outlined therein.  The enforcement of the Covenants is to safeguard the property values within Fairfax Club Estates.  When FCE homeowners bought their homes, a copy of the Covenants was provided as part of the closing.  Covenants are deemed to “run with the land”, meaning that owners are subject to them whether they have read them or not.  A homeowner is presumed to have read the Covenants in conjunction with a house closing.

Architectural Guidelines provide clarity to architectural interpretations that have occurred over time, allowing for changes in aesthetic sense and building materials since Fairfax Club Estates was established.

An Architectural Control file exists for each lot in Fairfax Club Estates and is maintained by the ACC.  This file records approved changes made to a property in FCE dating back to when FCE was established.

If a homeowner is considering exterior changes to their house or property, it is best to consult the Architectural Guidelines first to ensure potential changes are in compliance with the FCE Covenants.  Questions may be addressed to the ACC Chairperson by email.

Changes to the exterior of the house or property require ACC approval BEFORE any construction begins.  The Architectural Review Request Form is easy to complete and can be processed very quickly by email.  Once approved, the lot file is updated to record the change.

It is important to note that a County Permit for a construction project does not constitute FCE ACC approval of a project. This is a common error.

Prior to selling a property in FCE, a resale inspection is conducted by the ACC to ensure the property matches FCE documentation.  A closing will not occur without this inspection. The best way to ensure a smooth closing is to record changes to the property by complying with the Architectural Request procedure prior to initiating a change.

If you have questions about Architectural Control please contact the ACC Chairperson.