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 It’s Time to Fight

Homeowners had no warning.  Homeowners didn’t surrender. Quietly and without fanfare, the Texas legislature took away our property rights and gave them to the HOA Industry: the lawyers who run foreclosure factories, property managers who charge us for their own irresponsible management, and boards that would deny us liberty in our own homes.

Too often, homeowners only learn of the HOA Industry control when they get hit by exorbitant and unlimited attorney fees and fines, liens, and foreclosures, or when a cabal takes over their community, frustrates fair voting, meets secretly, and hides records.

Homeowners want an end to HOA abuse.  Now is the time for better laws, in areas such as:

  • Fair elections
  • Open Meetings
  • Open Records
  • By-Laws and CC&R (deed restriction) changes by member vote only
  • No fines
  • All key documents, including financial and history of lawsuits, on the web for easy  access
  • State Agency Oversight – independent of the HOA Industry
  • Member approval required for foreclosure

Yet, even as HOAs increase their control of owners’ daily lives, the HOA industry opposes any change, any regulation labeling it “government control”.  They have it exactly backwards. The HOA is the out-of-control agency.  We want to end bad statutes that give excessive power to invasive lawyers, property managers, and boards. Our goal is to restore fundamental constitutional rights – to allow all members to have a voice in self-governance and to promote harmony rather than division in communities.

Our goal can only be achieved by the “power of the people”. Texas homeowners must unite in their neighborhoods to reclaim their rights denied by the HOAs.  They must demand their representatives in the Texas Senate and House truly represent them and not the HOA lobbyists.

The HOA Industry opposition is always fierce, instilling fear of change.  The wanna-be overseers enjoy their power and control and testify at legislative hearings how wonderful HOA life is. Those who rule do have a wonderful life, but they ignore the serious overreaching. The HOA industry is living on your money.  Reclaim your rights and your money. Tell us what laws you want changed. Have your neighborhood group ally with the HOA Reform Coalition today!

Please give us your name and contact information so that we can send you alerts from time to time. United with other Texas Homeowners, we can reclaim homeowners’ rights.  Click this link Tell Us About Your HOA

                                      Texas 2015 Legislative Session

Listed below are HOA bills filed with the legislature for 2015.  Most are single-issue bills.  However, SB 1168 – West and its companion bill  HB 2797 – Villalba are omnibus bills covering many HOA issues including development period, amendment of declarations, board meetings, elections, enforcement, payment plans, and foreclosure. Both bills state this chapter does not apply to condominiums.
Please read the bills carefully.

HJR 55 – Villalba –  Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a person’s free exercise of religion.

HB 745 – Bohac – Relating to the installation of solar-powered stop signs by a property owners’ association.

HB 748 – Isaac –  Relating to the regulation of liquid propane gas tanks on residential property.

HB 939 – Dale –  Relating to unenforceable restrictive covenants regarding standby electric generators affecting residential homes.

HB 971 – Bohac – Relating to requirements governing officers and directors of condominium unit owners’ associations and property owners’ associations.

HB 1072 – Thompson – Relating to the eligibility of certain persons to serve on the board of a property owners’ association.

HB 1178 – Isaac – Relating to the enforceability of certain restrictive covenants governing the use of fuel on and supply of fuel to property in certain subdivisions or other planned developments.

HB 1335 – Gutierrez –  Relating to the collection of attorney fees in property owners’ association foreclosures.

HB 1442 – Workman -Relating to a property owner’s right to remove a tree or vegetation that the owner believes poses a fire risk.

HB 1455 – King  – Relating to procedures required before a condominium association files a suit or initiates an arbitration proceeding for a defect or design claim.

HB 1792 – Springer – Relating to regulation of residential short-term rental units; creating offenses and authorizing a fee.

HB 1886 – Martinez – Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose an assessment on landowners for the installation, operation, and maintenance of streetlights.

HB 2147 – Keffer – Relating to secret ballots in a property owners’ association election or vote.

HB 2148 – Keffer –  Relating to voting methods in a property owners’ association election or vote.

HB 2489 – Leach – Relating to the ability of a property owners’ association to enforce certain provisions on the lease or rental of real property.

HB 2594 – Parker – Relating to the modification or termination of restrictions by petition in certain real estate developments with certain amenities.

HB 2753 – Villalba – Relating to the names of certain businesses.

HB 2797 – Villalba – Relating to the operation of certain property owners’ associations.

HB 2999 – Landgraf –  Relating to restrictive covenants regarding the possession, transportation,or storage of firearms or firearm ammunition and the otherwise lawful discharge of firearms.

HB 3089 – Galindo – Relating to fire protection sprinkler systems in residential high-rise buildings; creating a criminal offense.

HB 3460 – Murr –  Relating to provisions in th dedicatory instruments of property owners’ associations regarding the display of flags.

HB 3539 – Dukes –   Relating to the regulation of the installation of solar energy devices in a residential subdivision.

SB 283 – West – Relating to requirements for the nonjudicial foreclosure of certain residential mortgage liens.

SB 284 – West –  Relating to service of citation in connection with an application for an expedited court order allowing

SB 834 – Creighton – Relating to procedures required before a condominium association files a suit or initiates an arbitration proceeding for a defect or design claim.

SB 862 – Birdwell – Relating to voting methods in a property owners’ association election or vote.

SB 864 – Birdwell- Relating to secret ballots in a property owners’ association election or vote.

SB 1168 – West – Relating to the operation of certain property owners’ associations.

SB 1244 – Burton – Relating to property owners’ association elections and votes.

SB 1313 – Watson – Relating to the names of certain businesses.

SB 1535 – Burton – Relating to procedures to amend a declaration by a property owners association.

SB 1538 – Burt0n – Relating to exclusivity agreements between telecommunications services providers and property owners.

SB 1626 – Rodriguez – Relating to the regulation of the installation of solar energy devices in a residential subdivision.

SB 1852 – Nichols – Relating to the adoption of an amendment procedure for restrictive covenants affecting real property in certain residential subdivisions.

 Open Meetings

In addition, the HOA Reform Coalition has received numerous complaints from our supporters from across the state concerning Open Meetings. See  Complaints and Concerns Issues from labeling meetings as Workshops to avoid inviting the residents, last minute changes in location, phone/email votes and many other concerns.  
 
Did you know that there are some small areas in Texas where mandatory HOAs are subject to the Texas Open Meeting Act?  So why can’t all mandatory HOAs be subject to the Open Meetings Act?  Just a small change to Section 551.0015, Government Code is all that it would take to bring all mandatory HOAs under the Open Meetings Act.  This Act has penalties which then can be used for enforcement to ensure compliance. 
 
Currently the Coalition is looking for advocates to help bring attention to this issue.  A grass roots effort by the people is needed.  We will support you in this process. We need you to contact your Representatives and Senators for your area.  We need to find a sponsor for this bill.  
 
Please contact us if you are interested in being a champion for this vital issue affecting so many HOAs throughout Texas.  If you are able to have a Representative or Senator sponsor such legislation, please let us know!
 

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