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Do you know if your lake has an association? If it does, it could impact what you do on your lakefront land.

Some associations may contain the word "lake", for instance, "Prior Lake Association" and although they may do a lot of work to improve the quality of life on that lake, they may not be a property owners association. Membership is not always mandatory and membership can include residents who do not live on the lake as well. So there are different distinctions here and it is important to know what those distinctions are and who the association intends to benefit. Some lake associations, although it seems to imply it, are not necessarily intended to benefit only lakefront owners.

If you don't have a property owner's lake association, you may want to consider starting one yourself! Although it can restrict what you can and cannot do, on the other hand it also restricts what others can and cannot do. In the case of a lake with a lot of developers cutting down trees or putting up small marinas, or building condos that increase the population and crowd the lake, and/or maybe just a few discourteous neighbors, it can be a way to get everyone to comply by one standard.

The purpose of many property owners' lake associations is mainly to improve, beautify and maintain a particular lake or lakes. Associations can watch that enforcement of building and other legal restrictions are contained in the titles to land located on the lake, require prospective builders on the lake to adhere to certain restrictions, secure improved roadways; drainage and other like facilities, suppress nuisances, seek legislation and ordinances requiring such things as dock ordinances and cutting of weeds on vacant land. Basically, an association should promote the interests and general welfare of the residents and owners on the lake it is associated with. In addition, it should try to accomplish services as may be necessary in order to further the interest and welfare of the residents and owners on the lake.

When the association is first organized, it creates By-Laws, which state the name and the purpose of the association, it defines the members and different types of members if applicable. It also defines what those members are required to do and not do. The By-Laws will state how the association will be managed, lists the officers and discusses how money should be handled. There is usually an annual due required by each member of the association, but sometimes not.

So consider why your lake association was set up, what are its intentions and where are those intentions directed. If you don't have a lake association, consider starting one, whether it is a property owner's lake association or just a lake association.

Author: Maria Keeneyhttp://www.lakefrontowner.comA website for lakeshore property owners that offers articles about lake topics, lake forums, online shopping for lake related items, a bookstore, lake homes and other resources.