Frequently Asked Questions
•What is the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association (BHA)?
The BHA is the umbrella homeowners association for the entire Bloomingdale community, including all mandatory and voluntary HOA neighborhoods. We are a voluntary organization. If you would like to join, our dues are $35 annually and go towards many programs, including our community newspaper, The Bloomingdale Gazette
, our Facebook page, annual garage sale, community clean-up days, scholarships, fall festivals, government liaison, and our annual Santa visit.
•Where can I get a copy of my neighborhood deed restrictions and covenants?
They are available on our website for both our voluntary and mandatory HOA neighborhoods. Some mandatory neighborhoods have not provided us with documents yet. While we live in either mandatory or voluntary HOA neighborhoods, ALL
of our deed restrictions are MANDATORY
•Do I need approval before I add to or change the exterior look of my home?
If you live in a mandatory HOA neighborhood, YES. If you live in a voluntary neighborhood, you must abide by your deed restrictions, and general neighborhood aesthetics.
•Why do I pay Homeowners Association dues?
In our mandatory neighborhoods, it is requirement to pay their neighborhood dues. The BHA dues are $35 annually, payable beginning in January of each year. Our dues, while voluntary, are used to provide programs and services for the entire community. We ask for your support.
•When does the Board of Directors meet?
The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Community Office at 3509 Bell Shoals Road. Meetings are open and resident attendance is welcome.
•How do I report a county code violation or neighborhood standards violation?
There are several ways. Contact the BHA office by phone at 813-681-2051, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by our website, using our contact us form. This is a completely confidential process. In our mandatory neighborhoods, contact the associated property management company. You may also, report the violation directly to Hillsborough County Code Enforcement at http://hillsboroughcounty.org/FormCenter/Code-Enforcement-6/Code-EnforcementCompliant-Form-110
. Or, call the Hillsborough Info Line at (813) 272-5900.
•What constitutes an inoperable vehicle?
Vehicles are deemed inoperable when; the vehicle is incapable of being lawfully operated on the streets of the state or is in a state of disrepair. If parts are missing, dismantled or inoperable which are required for operation the vehicle is considered inoperative. Any vehicle without a license plate, with plate not registered to that vehicle, or with a registration sticker that has been expired for a period of 90 or more days is also considered inoperable. These provisions apply to all vehicles and trailers, but do not include hobby vehicles, or any vehicle stored within a completely enclosed structure.
•I live on a lake/pond. Do I pay anything extra to maintain the growth and cleanliness?
This depends on what neighborhood you live in. For example, in Cambridge Cove, the Bloomingdale Golfers Club shares lake maintenance expenses with homeowners. In Bloomingdale Ridge, the mandatory Homeowners Association maintains their ponds. In other neighborhoods, residents surrounding the lakes/ponds share the maintenance cost. Further, some lakes/ponds are owned by the county directly. The BHA, nor the Bloomingdale Special Taxing District (BSTD) have any responsibility for lake/pond maintenance in any neighborhood, and cannot spend BHA/BSTD funds on private property.
•My neighbor’s tree limbs are hanging over my property. Should I contact the Association?
No. Issues that do not involve county code ordinances/neighborhood standards are best handled by talking directly with your neighbor. Legally, you may trim branches of trees that are on your property up to the property line.
•What are the assigned public schools for our area?
Alafia and Cimino Elementary, Burns Middle and Bloomingdale High Schools. There also are a number of quality private schools in our area available for all ages.
•On what days is the garbage picked up?
Tuesday, includes regular household trash, recyclables and yard debris and Friday, regular household trash only.
•My garbage was not picked up, who do I call?
For questions or complaints, contact the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department at (813)272-5680.
•Is there a recycling program?
Yes, our recycling cans are blue. They are emptied curb-side on Tuesday by a special recycling truck.
•What about lawn clippings and garden waste?
Also, Tuesday. Waste must be either bagged or tied in bundles.
•What about larger household items?
Old appliances like refrigerators and building materials are not eligible for curbside pick-up. Call Hillsborough County Waste Management for drop off locations. Or, wait for our community clean-up day in March and drop off the items then.
•How do I get garbage collection started?
The County notifies Waste Resources automatically when you move in.
•How do I report a streetlight that isn’t working?
Write down the two sets of numbers that appear on the pole, then call TECO at 223-0800.
•What days may I water my lawn?
The County restricts the use of water and determines the dates. Check the “Community News and Events” or News Archives sections for more information, or go online to the Hillsborough County website.
•Are garage sales permitted in Bloomingdale?
Generally, yes. Many of our mandatory neighborhoods have strict requirements regarding yard sales. Consult your deed restrictions or call the specific neighborhood property management company.
•Which post office delivers the mail and where is it located?
The Valrico Post Office delivers the mail. It’s located on Hwy 60 off Miller Road, but the closest post office is in the shopping center at Bloomingdale and Kings Avenues.
•For what type of construction do I need a permit?
A permit is required by any owner, authorized agent, or contractor who desires to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.
Who do I contact about road and sidewalk repairs?
In most cases, Hillsborough County Public Works maintains our community roads and sidewalks. Contact their service desk at 813-635-5400.
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