Being part of a homeowners’ association often comes part and parcel with homeowning. If this applies to you, then it is important to understand both your rights as well as your obligations to the HOA.
Each HOA has its own specific rules and covenants related to its neighborhood. However, some general terms and conditions remain the same throughout almost all of them.
Reading all important documents
The Texas State Law Library lists information about homeowner’s associations. First, it is important to know the rights and responsibilities that members of an HOA hold. It helps to start with a thorough read of all documents received after joining the HOA. In particular, the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions should give a good outline of what to expect.
For those who find something to object to, certain laws may prohibit HOAs from making some restrictions, and it is best to find out what those are.
It is important to read about the bylaws, too. This document covers the operation and management of the HOA. It discusses things like the rights of property owners to access meeting notes and records. A person needs to send written request letters, but the HOA should answer within 10 days.
How do you take action?
Next, it is important to understand how to take action against the HOA if need be. Attending meetings, presenting evidence and getting recordings of attempts to address the situation before escalating to court can all help build credibility and evidence for future cases. It also helps to alert other homeowners to potential issues and to garner notice for a cause.