Homeowner FAQ

Below are some commonly asked homeowner questions about our developments. Don’t see an answer to your question? Download our Homeowner Handbook for a comprehensive guide to our development guidelines.

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Landscaping & Fencing

Before beginning your landscaping, be sure to check the Architectural Guidelines for your community. You likely would have received a copy of the Architectural Guidelines from your homebuilder as part of the closing package on your home. If you do not have a copy, you can find the guidelines for your stage on our community website or request them from your builder. The Architectural Guidelines have a landscaping section that outlines the minimum requirements for your community, including the numbers of trees and shrubs your lot will require. 

You should have already received a rough grade certificate from your builder. All home builders are responsible for completing the rough grading of each lot as per the grading and drainage plan provided to them by the developer. You will need your rough grade certificate before you can proceed with getting your final grade certificate and landscaping completed. For more information on rough and final grade certificates please visit the link: www.edmonton.ca/residential_neighbourhoods/lot_grading/lot-grading-approvals.aspx

Seeded grass is not permitted.

If artificial turf is desired it is to be designed with a distinct prepared shrub bed border between the turf and the property line, or any natural sod. The shrub bed is to include adequate coverage of plant material above and beyond the minimum requirements noted in the Architectural Guidelines. 

The minimum requirements for Artificial Turf in all Rohit Land communities are as follows: 

  • Color: Green. No alternative colour choices will be accepted 
  • Weight: Minimum 95 ounces per square yard (ie. ezLAWN Pro, ezLAWN Elite, ezLAWN Platinum) 
  • Height: Minimum blade height of 41mm 
  • Base: Minimum depth of 4 inches of 20mm road crush compacted to 90% proctor density with a sand or crushed limestone (fine) topping 
  • Surface Infill: Silica sand or rubber infill 

All artificial turf must be specified by the manufacturer as a pet-friendly product and have a minimum 10-year warranty. Homeowners will be required to submit their artificial turf invoices prior to final inspection to verify that the minimum specifications have been met. 

All landscaping (including front, rear and side yards) must be completed, in accordance with the requirements, within 12 months of completion of the house (subject to seasonal limitations).

The Architectural Guidelines are formulated so that all the buyers/homeowners within a community understand the planned vision for that particular community and to ensure that builders and homeowners feel secure in making an investment in that community. Rohit Land Development enforces an appropriate level of compliance to ensure that this vision is achieved. 

If a homeowner does not adhere to the Guidelines, any deposits paid to the builder are forfeited and if a caveat has been filed against your property it will not be discharged.

Fencing and Decks

The Architectural Controls require that all fencing be built to match the design and color of the fences already established in the neighbourhood. Check the Architectural Controls for fencing information. You can find the guidelines for your stage on your community website, or request a copy from your builder. 

Different lot types (high visibility, corner lots, etc.) may have different fencing requirements.

If a homeowner does not adhere to the Guidelines, any deposits paid to the builder are forfeited and if a caveat has been filed against your property it will not be discharged.

Please encourage your neighbour to adhere to the fence requirements as set out in the Architectural Guidelines. Rohit Land Development reserves the right to legally enforce the Architectural Guidelines for the community against any lot which may be non-compliant. 

Your deck should leave enough space within your backyard to allow for the landscaping requirements to be met. If you have a high visibility lot (see section 1.14) you will be required to ensure that all the vertical elements of your deck are painted. This is to include the railing, stair risers and any other surfaces visible to passersby. 

Inspections and Deposit Releases

A passed inspection is required to get your deposit back. Before you request an inspection, make sure to complete the following: 

  • Landscaping has been completed in accordance with the Architectural Controls 
  • Developer address plaque has been installed 
  • Final grading certificate received from the City of Edmonton 

Once these items are complete, you may request an inspection by contacting your home builder. They will then set up an inspection request with the Architectural Consultant for the community. 

Written request for inspection must be sent directly to your home builder, not Rohit Land Development. 

Trees, shrubs and sod must be in a healthy state during the time of inspection. Plant materials that are dead or dying will not count towards the minimum requirements.

You will receive a copy of your detailed inspection report from your builder. This report will explain why your inspection was failed, and what action is required to result in a passed inspection. 

Once the required changes have been made, a second inspection can be requested through your builder. 

Items on Title

A restrictive covenant is a document registered on your title that restricts the use of your property in some cases. 

Rohit Land Development registers the architectural guidelines as a restrictive covenant on each lot in the community. We do this to ensure that all homes adhere to the guidelines, resulting in a cohesive and refined community. This restrictive covenant remains on your title indefinitely, which allows the developer or Homeowners Association to ensure your property remains compliant for many years to come. 

A caveat is a registrable document signalling that there are parties other than the registered owner who have an interest in the land. A caveat can impact the transferability of the property and can restrict its use until the caveat is discharged.

Rohit Land Development has a Vendor’s Lien Caveat registered on each lot in the subdivision. This caveat remains in place as an insurance policy for Rohit Land Development to ensure that all homes are compliant. These caveats are typically discharged from title once architectural and landscaping inspections are passed, inclusive of a fence inspection (to ensure the fence is built and painted according to the requirements listed in the guidelines). 

The vendors lien caveat on your title can be discharged by the developer, pending an approved architectural and landscape inspection, inclusive of a fence inspection. Fences need to be constructed and stained or painted according to the controls before the caveat will be discharged. To request a discharge, please have your lawyer contact our legal department at

An encumbrance is a financial claim on a property by parties other than the title holder. In a Rohit Land subdivision, we register an encumbrance on your title in the form of a Homeowners Association. For more information, please see Section 5 of the Homeowner Handbook. 

Homeowner Associations

The HOA is a non-profit association that is in place to care for some of the amazing amenities in your neighborhood. Like all neighborhoods, the City is responsible for basic infrastructure maintenance, but your community has so much more. The HOA is responsible to maintain enhanced amenities that may include entrance features, arbours, planting beds, fencing, and other special items that may be added to the neighborhood as it takes shape.

The developer will operate and maintain these amenities until the HOA is formally passed on to the residents of the community. The timing of the transfer will occur around the time all stages of the development are completed. 

In communities where an HOA has been established, each household is automatically a member of the HOA and will have the opportunity to contribute by becoming a member of the board or various committees. Every homeowner is obligated, through an encumbrance on title, to pay an annual fee to ensure the responsibilities of the HOA can be met. The initial fee is anticipated to be $100 per lot at the time Rohit Land Development transfers the HOA to the residents of the community. The fee may be adjusted by the HOA once it becomes active.

When Rohit Land Development is ready to formally pass on the HOA to the residents of the community, all homeowners will be notified. The notification will have details on what the HOA will be responsible for, what the fees will be, and how homeowners can become directly involved. 

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