The Estates at Dove Run is a traditional community, with 299 upscale homes, located off of Rt. 299 in Middletown, DE. Our neighborhood is walking distance to Dove Run Shopping Center, Brick Mill Elementary, Middletown High School and just minutes from Rt. 1.

Deed Restriction Issues

Recently, the HOA has noted various various deed restriction infractions within our development. The most common problem areas are trampolines and basketball goals.

According to Article VI, Section 14, of the Declaration of Restrictions, “no trampolines of any kind whatsoever shall be erected or maintained on any lot.”

Lot owners are also reminded that (unattended) basketball goals are prohibited, according to Article VI, Section 18 of the Declaration of Restrictions: “No basketball goals shall be erected, placed or maintained on any lot at any time, except for a maximum of one permanently installed goal located in the driveway. Any and all basketball playing shall be permitted from 9:00 a.m. to sundown.”

In addition, the HOA has noticed that several lot owners have installed permanent basketball (fixed) goals near public areas, such as sidewalks and curbs. This is also a violation of Middletown Ordinance § 103-1 (Placement on roadways and sidewalks restricted): “It shall be unlawful for any person to place, store, or keep upon any street or public sidewalk any portable, stationary, or fixed object, including, but not limited to basketball poles…”

This is the link for Middletown Ordinances:(

The HOA will send Violation Letters to those who have failed to adhere to our Declaration of Restrictions. Appropriate legal action will be imposed against those who have failed to correct deed restriction violations within a reasonable time frame.

Note: In many instances, the HOA may not be aware of certain violations. Therefore, lot owners are encouraged to report deed restriction issues to the HOA. Your identity will be kept confidential, and we actively pursue enforcement of the restrictions.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Update: 2020 HOA Assessment

The 2020 HOA assessment was due on February 15, 2020. To date, approximately 96% of the lot owners have remitted payment.

Court claims have been filed against those who have not paid the assessment. The current amount is $100.00, which includes late fees and Court charges.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

2019 HOA Meeting Minutes

Meeting date: 
Thu, 12/05/2019

Please see attachment.

Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting date: 
Mon, 12/09/2019

Please see attachment.

Board of Director Nominations

The Estates at Dove Run Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (HOA) is soliciting nominations for those interested in serving on the Board of Directors for calendar year 2020. The elected Board members will serve for a one-year term. Nominations must be received by November 15, 2019.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
1. Registered Lot Owner
2. Full Payment of HOA Assessments
3. Property Maintained in Accordance with Deed Restrictions

In addition, only one person per household may serve on the Board.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete the attached form (below).

Note: The annual HOA meeting will be held at the MOT Senior Center on December 5, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm. Official Meeting Notices, as well as Proxy Board Election Ballots, will be mailed to the owners of record.

Fines for Unresolved Deed Restriction Violations

Recently, we received several complaints about deed restriction violations (unauthorized vehicles/structures, trampolines, vegetable gardens, etc.). Over the years, the Board has sent letters to (known) deed restriction violators; however, this has not been an effective process as some have simply disregarded the Violation Letters and failed to correct the issues. Therefore, effective immediately, we will impose a fine ($75) against those who fail to respond to our request(s) to remedy restriction violations within a reasonable time frame.

Given the fact we have approximately 300 units within our development, however, the Board may not be aware of every deed restriction violation. Therefore, we rely on the participation of our lot owners. So, if you see deed restriction issues/violations, please relay your concerns to our attention. Your inquiry will be handled in the strictest confidence. And we will aggressively pursue the resolution of your complaint.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.

Board of Directors
Estates at Dove Run Homeowner’s Association, Inc.

HOA Project Approval Procedures

Most exterior projects must be approved by the HOA. Linked below, as an attachment, is a printable HOA Permit Application document. Use this document to request approval from the HOA before applying for a building/project permit from the Town of Middletown. The purpose of the HOA Permit Application is to ensure that projects are completed within the confines of our Declaration of Deed Restrictions (Deed Restrictions). Copies of our Deed Restrictions and associated Amendments are also linked below as attachments.

Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting date: 
Sat, 12/01/2018

Please see attachment:

Call for Volunteers to Serve on the Architectural Review Committee

The Board would like to extend an invitation to all homeowners, in good standing with the HOA, to volunteer for positions on the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). The ARC is responsible for assisting the Board in monitoring and enforcing deed restrictions.

Interested parties should contact the board via the Contact Us page for more information.

2018 HOA Meeting Minutes

Please see attached document (below).

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