"Who Maintains the Roads Up Here?"
One of the most frequent questions I have as a Realtor is “Who Maintains the Roads?”. Up here in the mountains, it depends!
Private Road – If it is a private road, and there is no “Road Maintenance Agreement” or “Covenants & Restrictions”, then it is up to all the people who use that road to get together and contribute to the maintenance and repair of the road.
Community or Subdivisdion Road – Many sudivisions or established communities have a “Road Maintenance Agreement” or “Covenants & Restrictions” that address the roads, typically through a Home Owner Association (HOA) or Property Owner Association (POA). If there is an established HOA or POA and there are fees paid to them, then at closing you should receive a “Community Association and Fees Disclosure” which would specify what the fees you are paying are spent on, such as roads, gates, pools, maintenance of hiking trails, etc.
State or County Maintained Roads – If the road is a Federal, State, or County roadway, then the property taxes you pay are partially used to maintain the public roads. See below to find links on how to find out if the road is a State or County maintained road.
Three Types of Roads up here in the North Georgia Mountains: