CROSSVILLE — In Cumberland County, the lots in most subdivisions have protective covenants that, by definition, were written to “enhance the value and use of said property.” Lake Tansi Village has 56 subsections, or divisions, with varying covenants.
In general, Tansi’s covenants limit property to single family residential use, list some sign and fence limitations, restrict allowed animals to cats, dogs, and other household pets, and specify no rubbish dumping on Tansi lots.
Since May of last year, the LTVPOA Protective Covenants Committee has been collecting information in an effort to provide the POA board and membership with recommendations for action alternatives regarding several protective covenants which, if not extended, are due to expire in 3 to 9 years.
There are approximately 10,390 lots in Lake Tansi Village.
Most of the lots originally sold in Lake Tansi fall primarily under a covenant found on Book 62 page 30 in the Cumberland County Register of Deeds office. This particular covenant is perpetual and does not expire.
Other lots, many of which were initially sold after the mid-1970s, carry one of several other covenants. Some of these covenants are not perpetual and were written to cover 45 years, unless extended.
The choice of whether to extend a covenant in Lake Tansi does not lie with LTVPOA, but rather with the particular property owners that have those covenants.
The LTVPOA Board and Protective Covenants Committee are working on a process to help those property owners with expiring covenants know the rights and options available to them and to provide them an opportunity to vote for or against extending those covenants.
The first step in that process is to determine specifically which lots have covenants that expire. Researching that information is time consuming. It has been determined that different lots within the same subsection (ex. Hiawatha, Geronimo, Mohawk I) might carry one of several covenants.
The documentation for all 10,390 Tansi lots must be examined. That work has begun, and it is estimated that it will be completed by early next spring. This will leave approximately two years before any known covenant expiration dates.
Information regarding rights and options for property owners with expiring covenants is currently being gathered and will ultimately be presented at LTVPOA Board meetings and in the Smoke Signals.