Legal FAQs for REALTORS® — Miscellaneous
Water-District Notices

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When does a seller have to provide a water-district notice to a buyer? How can my seller get the right form and fill it out correctly? (Updated Nov. 19, 2014)

Generally speaking, a seller of property located in a water district must provide a water-district notice to a buyer, if depending on how the water district is financed, the seller owes a tax or standby fee. Sellers who are unsure if they are required to provide such a notice should check with their particular water district.

There are three types of notices, and the one required depends on if the property is:

-Located in whole or in part within the corporate boundaries of a municipality
-Located in whole or in part in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of one or more home-rule municipalities and not within the corporate boundaries of a municipality
-Not located in whole or in part within the corporate boundaries of a municipality or the extraterritorial jurisdiction of one or more home-rule municipalities.

Water districts are required to file certain information with the appropriate county clerk and with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which has a list on its website of water districts in Texas and provides other useful resources.

Once the water district is identified, a seller can submit a written request for the right notice from the water district, which will provide the notice filled in with all the required information. The district may charge a fee for mailing the notice or allowing the requester to pick it up in person, but it cannot be more than $10. However, an alternative or faster method of delivery may require an additional fee.


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