Have you seen posts about new HOA laws on your Facebook timeline? It’s true that Texas REALTORS®️ helped advance legislation at the Texas Capitol last session that reformed HOAs to favor private property rights. However, these posts were mistaken about the date the law went into effect.
All but one of the provisions of that law went into effect in September 2021. (The other provision was effective December 1, 2021.) The law that passed through the Texas Legislature in 2021 had numerous provisions including expansion of homeowners’ ability to erect perimeter fences in HOAs; it prohibited HOAS from restricting the display of religious items on their property; and it increased transparency of decision making by HOA boards.
The law, authored by Sen. Brian Hughes (R-Mineola) and carried through the Texas House by Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), received bipartisan support. This is just one example of the influence of Texas REALTORS®️ at the Texas Capitol!
You can learn more about the new HOA law by visiting myhoastory.com.
will this HOA new laws will also apply to HOA condominium ?
BIG mistake to allow frint yard fencing
Why it’s your home ! Why should anyone tell you what to do and not to do on your own property that you’re buying? Now I do agree with making sure that the property keeps its value and people are nice and neat about it not having junk cars and bringing in trash cans but don’t tell me what I can and cannot do on my property
To T Mendez–Telling you to not keep a collection of junk cars on your lawn is in fact telling you what you can and cannot do on your property. Make up your mind, you can’t be both for and against regulation.
Then read the HOA restrictions before closing. If fences are restricted or regulated, it normally requires an HOA change in documentation.
I agree with you too. T Mendez. Resident not allow live in messy/dirty/ bad looking around outside their property- yes that is right , but HOA also no power to control anything else to resident what do, what not do – it is not America
What if that is what a person wants to do with their property
I do not like front yard fences. I think it takes away from the curb appeal, especially if the front yard is small.
So don’t get a front yard fence. It’s not your business if your neighbor wants one though.
Seriously !!! I’ve had a car broken into and once I forgot my keys in it and they stole my keys !! Neighbors kid breaking off beautiful rose blooms and little trash in my yard that’s not our trash where I’m disabled and I don’t think it’s right that I’m constantly cleaning up my yard when it’s not my trash !!! I plan on putting up a security and privacy fence and why not I didn’t buy my home for others to ruin !!!
Then why aren’t they being enforced.
The biggest difference among HOA’s is compliance in my opinion; too lax and things unravel, too strict and people feel they are living in a restrictive regime. Who manages compliance and how is a challenge.
That is a question for your HOA board. I am sure you attend all HOA meetings… so speak up at the next meeting.
Thank you Texas Realtors for your constructive effort to benefit the public. This should be your purview rather than past efforts of disseminating unsubstantiated reports of structural bias. Best to have evidence before making those claims against anyone and particularly against those who pay your dues.
I live in an HOA… we have small lots here. WHAT could possibly be the reasoning entire perimeter fencing is now allowed ?? Any idea how BAD that can look??? 4-5-6 lined up? All different? It will look like a fortress?!?!
Unless I’m misunderstanding this whole idea how did this get approved and why?
I could see between the properties but not the entire perimeter?!
I’m guessing the issue you raise (different type fencing) can be handled with standardization of fencing – and allow “HOMEOWNERS” to enjoy their “PROPERTY RIGHTS”. BTW: HOA’s have NO VESTED interest in ownership (don’t pay the mortgage, taxes, cut the grass, do repairs or pay insurance), they are formed to “POLICE” (the main rub with most folks) their neighbors and have (and still do), cause more problems than they solve, i.e., Attaching liens (?). The need to roll back their assumed, acquired and restrictive “authority” is way overdue, and more work is needed to restore homeowner rights regarding HOAs.
Can someone tell me what right an HOA has regarding tree’s on property that die? Mine died, and we paid to have it removed over six months ago, and the ground is so riddled with roots, the company that did the removal stated that we should leave the ground alone for a while. The HOA is demanding we replace it with an Oak Tree, when the original was a decorative Pear. Any Thoughts?
Your HOA has or should have Bylaws governing what they can and can’t do, also the HOA rules and guidelines should be very specific as to what they can demand. Ours got changed after the neighborhood was completed and the
builder no longer weighed in.
How much can our HOA increase the dues at one time?
I’m so stressed. A $78,000 special assessment was approved by the HOA that DOESN’T need to be voted on by owners, that’s what they say anyway. Why did I just get a bill for $700 due for a special assessment not even on my building? Also, due by April. Really? Why can they give me a deadline here?