Posted on February 9, 2021 12:46 PM by Admin
As assessment-paying members of our community, we are entitled to certain rights and—in return—we have certain responsibilities.
Homeowners have the right to:
1. Participate in governing the community association by attending meetings, serving on committees and standing for election.
2. Access appropriate association books and records.
3. Prudent expenditure of fees and other assessments.
4. Live in a community where the property is maintained according to established standards.
5. Fair treatment regarding financial and other association obligations, including the opportunity to discuss payment plans and options with the association before foreclosure is initiated.
6. Receive all documents that address rules and regulations governing the community association—if not prior to purchase and settlement by a real estate agent or attorney, then upon joining the community.
7. Appeal to appropriate community leaders those decisions affecting non-routine financial responsibilities or property rights.
8. A responsive and competent community.
In turn, homeowners have the responsibility to:
1. Read and comply with the governing documents of the community.
2. Maintain their properties according to established standards.
3. Treat association leaders honestly and with respect.
4. Vote in community elections and on other issues.
5. Pay association assessments and charges on time.
6. Contact association leaders or managers, if necessary, to discuss financial obligations and alternate payment arrangements.
7. Request reconsideration of material decisions that personally affect them.
8. Provide current contact information to association leaders or managers to help ensure they receive information from the community.
9. Ensure that those who reside on their property—tenants, guests or family members—adhere to all rules and regulations.
Posted on January 7, 2021 12:41 PM by Melissa Gentry
Categories: Homeowner Articles
We’re always talking about the association’s governing documents, but what are they?
Almost every state has statutes governing condominiums and homeowner associations. In addition most associations are subject to the state corporations’ code. The primary statute for Texas is property code 209. The state statute that governs condominiums is Texas property chapter 82.
Declaration and Their Covenants and Restrictions
Planned communities are created by declarations. These contain the restrictions that regulate residents’ behavior, they define owner’s rights and obligations, and establish the association’s responsibilities.
Articles of Incorporation
Most associations incorporate and have articles of incorporation that define their purposes and powers. They may specify such things as the number of directors and their terms of office.
Bylaws address association operations such as procedures for meetings and elections and specifying the general duties of the board.
Resolutions—Rules and Regulations
Board members adopt rules and regulations, and sometimes members have to approve them. Rules and regulations are recorded as board resolutions. Resolutions must be consistent with the declaration or proprietary lease, the bylaws and state law.
Order of Priority
Association governing documents are almost always trumped by state law. But, when association documents conflict among themselves, the declaration or proprietary lease carries the greatest weight, followed by the bylaws and then the rules and regulations.
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Posted on December 10, 2020 10:27 AM by Melissa Gentry
Categories: Homeowner Articles
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