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What you should know about your new HOA

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2021 | HOA Law |

Moving into a new home is exciting and a bit overwhelming, especially if you moved into a home belonging to a homeowners association. There are more than 347,000 home owners associations spread throughout Texas and across the United States.

While homeowners associations can help to ensure your neighborhood is safe and well taken care of, it is important to know what they do and how they work.

What is a HOA?

The HOA governs neighborhood business and are usually placed in a planned community, such as a development of townhomes or condominiums. In Texas, homeowners associations are referred to as property owners’ associations, according to the Texas State Law Library. Associations that form as a nonprofit corporation must abide by Texas laws and guidelines; however, associations that are not incorporated do not.

If you are not sure whether your new home is a part of an HOA, there are steps you can take to find out. When purchasing your home, you can ask for a copy of the bylaws, rules and restrictive covenants of the association. This document explains how the HOA is run and managed.

You can search the property records in your county to find out whether it is an HOA. Your home deed will also give you that information.

What are the advantages of an HOA?

Living in a homeowners association can be both beneficial and a nuisance at times. According to Homelight.com, some HOA advantages may include the following:

  • Taking care of exterior upkeep, such as mowing the lawn, snow removal and trash pickup
  • Repairing sidewalks, roofs and walls
  • Keeping up heating and air conditioners
  • Painting common areas and building exteriors
  • Having recreational areas, such as swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds and tennis courts

Some HOAs will host social events, bringing everyone in the community together.

When you live in an association, you must pay additional fees, and may have disputes regarding the rules and regulations. It is important to seek guidance regarding your rights during such a time.