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Legislature May Address HOA Foreclosure Issues in Upcoming Session (TX)

The Texas Legislature may make another run in the 2017 session at curbing the powers of homeowner associations. The likely focus: restricting the ability of associations to hit homeowners who commit even minor violations of community rules with attorney fees

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Woman Killed in 2-alarm condo fire (TX)

Houston firefighters are investigating a fire that broke out at a condominium in southeast Houston.  It happened around 3:20 Tuesday morning at the Briarwick Condominiums on Holly Hall and El Mundo.      Read the article…………..

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Racist notice celebrating Trump’s election, threatening minorities posted at McKinney park (TX)

Several notices threatening non-white residents were posted at a park in McKinney’s Craig Ranch subdivision this week.  The Craig Ranch Community Association sent out an email advising residents of the notice, which fits with the recent trend of racially insensitive

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Dispute between HOA, residents ends (TX)

A months-long dispute between a homeowners association and residents of a local subdivision resulted in the dismissal of a lawsuit and a display of democracy as residents of the Lakeside subdivision met Friday evening to cast their ballots for a

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Schertz neighborhood threatens lawsuit against developer over high HOA fees (TX)

Residents of a neighborhood in Schertz are threatening to sue local developer Chris Price, who they say has hoarded control of their homeowners association, hiked up their annual fees and used the proceeds to build another master-planned community.   Read the

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Lawsuit filed against former Lakes Northwest HOA board member (TX)

Earlier this year, KRIS 6 News told you about an investigation that found an estimated $61,000 missing from the Lakes Northwest Homeowners Association account. Now there is a civil lawsuit against the woman who was president of that HOA at

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County Commissioners Consider Taking Over Roads

Bowie County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. today to consider accepting maintenance responsibility for two roadways near U.S. Highway 67 inside the Redbridge subdivision.  Both roads are in the county’s Precinct 4 Road Department area.  The Redbridge Homeowners Association

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Q&A: Comfort chickens, holiday lights and other conflicts that bedevil homeowner groups

Houston has no zoning laws, and homeowner associations have stepped up as powerful enforcers to keep things looking good in many neighborhoods. The powerful associations impose a wide range of rules from prohibiting RVs in driveways to maintaining quiet hours.

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Memorial residents allegedly uncover HOA holding secret elections after ‘willfully deceiving’ notification practices (TX)

The Clayton Woods Homeowners Association was supposed to hold its annual meeting and board member elections Wednesday evening, but at noon that day an email was sent notifying a handful of parties that the election and meeting was cancelled.  Only

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1 dead in condo fire in SE Houston (TX)

The body of a 20-year-old man was found inside one of two condominiums that caught fire and burned at Thai Xuan Village at 8200 Broadway.  The first alarm came in at 3:11 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find two

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Controversial group home gets help from county (TX)

The Red Rock Ranch HOA still has questions, they’re covenant doesn’t allow commercial businesses.  “Its not them though,” said Michelle Miller, Director with the Red Rock Ranch HOA, “they’re not violating the covenant, it’s the owners who signed the covenant

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One year after condominium complex fire, some still displaced (TX)

It’s been one year since a three-alarm fire ripped through the Dry Creek West Condominiums in northwest Austin. Three firefighters went to the hospital after the second floor collapsed. But after an investigation into what happened and several other delays,

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Troubleshooters: HOA Problems (TX)

The Oak Bay Townhomes are located just off Weber. There are 15 units.  Lydia Ransom owns one of the units and is the new secretary/treasurer of the homeowners association.  After looking over the association’s financial records, she says she has

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Stone Gate HOA Donates Nearly $11,000 to Elementary Schools (TX)

The Stone Gate Home Owners Association (HOA) showed its support for educators at two CFISD schools this month, providing donations totaling nearly $11,000 to Postma and Birkes elementary schools.  The contributions were part of Stone Gate HOA’s Adopt a School

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Widow Of Veteran Facing Foreclosure From HOA (TX)

She received a notice in the mail saying her home in The Colony could be foreclosed on, if she doesn’t pay her HOA fines for the missing tree in her yard.  “The tree was right here at this spot and,

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In one Bexar County neighborhood, debate over armed patrols intensifies (TX)

A handful of residents concerned about a rash of car burglaries at The Oaks at Cobblestone, a gated subdivision outside of Loop 1604 at Culebra Road, formed armed patrols last week intended to keep the neighborhood safe.  The approach was

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Neighbors Fed Up With ‘Junk” Piled Outside Katy-area Home

Neighbors say they are fed up with the junk piled up outside a Katy-area home.  The house, located in the 1000 block of Red Rock Canyon Drive, is an eyesore, according to those who live nearby. They say it’s been

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‘Disgruntled’ lawyer killed after shooting 6 people, injuring 3 others, police say (TX)

Jason Delgado, property manager of The Oaks condo complex, told KHOU-TV that there were two incidents with the suspect in the past few weeks. One was with the roofers, one of whom called police and said he’d been threatened with

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Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire At 3-Story Condo Building In Dallas (TX)

Dallas Fire-Rescue is responding to a three-alarm condominium fire at 9730 Whitehurst Drive.  The three-story building is at Ferris Branch Blvd and Fair Oaks Crossing.  Dallas Fire-Rescue got the call around 2:45 p.m.  Spokesperson Jason Evans said the building housed

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Firefighters Battle 3-Alarm Fire At 3-Story Condo Building In Dallas

Dallas Fire-Rescue is responding to a three-alarm condominium fire at 9730 Whitehurst Drive.  The three-story building is at Ferris Branch Blvd and Fair Oaks Crossing.  Dallas Fire-Rescue got the call around 2:45 p.m.  Spokesperson Jason Evans said the building housed

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Pecan Lakes Homeowner Finds Herself in Knight Fight with HOA

Though the Castle Doctrine is law in Texas, one homeowner’s association says a knight should not be standing guard outside homes.  “Your home is your castle!” said Ammi Miller. She owns the knight and says its been on her front

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Pet Owner to be Cited for Too Many Cats (TX)

Delma says the smell is coming from the condo above where the owner has at least a dozen cats. Other neighbors say they are fed up with foul odor too.  “If it’s raining the smell is everywhere, the poo is

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Pine Forest POA, government battle back in court in May (TX)

A legal wrangling over Pine Forest property along Texas 71 will come to bear in a courtroom again early next month, when a judge might decide how the property owner’s association — which serves two large neighborhoods, one developed and

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How your neighbor’s Airbnb rental can affect your property values

Q:  I’ve been scouring the Internet (without success), looking for data regarding whether short-term rentals (STRs, e.g., Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) increase or decrease property values in the areas around them, as well as whether home buyers are more likely to

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Princeton Meadows HOA Locked in Pool Battle (TX)

The final holiday weekend of summer means cooling off in the water for many, but homeowners in the North Texas community of Princeton Meadows don’t want to go near the neighborhood pool. In fact, they could not get in if

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HOA Tells Homeowners To Remove “Back The Blue” Flags (TX)

The letter called Ivester’s “Back The Blue” flag an ‘altered American flag’.  Not so, said Ivester.  “I know a lot of people will look at this flag and there are mixed emotions but there’s nothing more to read into it

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McKinney Homeowner Fights Back When HOA Cracks Down On Political Signs (TX)

A McKinney homeowner says his freedom of speech is under attack after his HOA cracked down on political signs in his front yard.  The first time you see the sign outside the home on Palo Duro Canyon Drive with tape

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North Dallas condos targeted again by mail thieves (TX)

People who live in a far North Dallas condo complex hope video of three suspected mailbox thieves will help police find them.  The video shows a woman crawl over the fence and then open the gate door to let the

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Congress Avenue Shut Down After Glass Falls From Austin’s Tallest Skyscraper (TX)

Congress Avenue was closed to traffic between 2nd and 3rd streets on Thursday after glass was reported as having fallen from the Austonian– a condominium tower that is the city’s tallest building.  According to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, police received

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Major “bogey” for homeowners who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou (TX)

A major “bogey” for many people who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou.  Some say what was once an attraction, is now a large piece of unattended grass and many homeowners are not happy with.   Read the

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SAFD (TX) urges communities to get ‘firewise’ as hot, dry Fall approaches

Viki Melton, the president of the Big Springs Homeowners Association, was the first to jump on board.  “We had 98 volunteers that came out that day,” said Melton, referring to a massive day-long cleanup operation conducted on a common area

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Residents pack HOA meeting over blue ribbons (TX)

Dozens of homeowners in the Cypresswood subdivision attended a previously scheduled HOA meeting on Monday following days of controversy surrounding blue ribbons put up to honor police.   Read the article…………

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Fight over blue ribbons leads to threats (TX)

The debate over blue ribbons tied to trees in the median of Cypresswood Drive in Spring has led to spirited debate over the proper way to honor police versus strict adherence to HOA rules. But residents are now also debating

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Lake Conroe homeowners, HOA spar over pink home (TX)

A Montgomery County couple is suing their homeowners’ association to keep their home pink.  Their builder says he got HOA approval for a basic beige color, admitting the Manzos changed it to “desert rose,” a pink color. Even the Manzos

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Cypresswood residents determined to show support for officers, despite HOA request

Many people showed up Thursday afternoon in the hot Houston sun to tie blue ribbons on trees in their Cypresswood neighborhood.  Specifically, trees in the median along Cypresswood Drive.  KPRC was the first to report about an email sent to

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HOA orders blue ribbons honoring officers to come down

The row of ribbons first appeared in the neighborhood’s common area several days ago after the police massacre in Dallas. It stretched for about two miles through the Cypresswood subdivision and warmed the hearts of some deputies who patrol the

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FBCO, HOA turn tables on tweet promoting pool party with beer, pot

A homeowner’s association and law enforcement appear to have turned the tables on those who advertised an unapproved after-hours party in the neighborhood’s private pool.  The Sienna Plantation Residential Association says a lifeguard first made them aware of the tweet,

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Hutto (TX) HOA says homeowners need permission to fly U.S. flag

The Hutto Lions Club leases flags to help support the organization. Club members will put up flags at your home during holidays and then take them down in between.  One neighbor had six flags in her yard from the Hutto

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Neighbors: HOA won’t let us fly law enforcement flags (TX)

They are silent statements of support.  Outside some homes in the north Fort Worth neighborhood of Seventeen Lakes, flags fly to honor law enforcement.  Dave Bucklin says he’s flown one on and off since February. But the flapping flags up

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Massive condo fire displaces Texas City residents

Texas City firefighters were battling a condo fire Saturday evening at the Gatsby Condos on the Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. Emergency officials believe the fire started on the balcony of the units  Read the article………..

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Montgomery County (TX) residents sue POA over lack of neighborhood improvements

This subdivision has history as bumpy as its roads. Years ago, a POA administrator went to jail for mismanaging funds. Harris claims he had stepped in at that time to help the subdivision. Residents began paying a higher fee of

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Texas condo corporation seeks $3 million from exterminators

A Galveston condo corporation is suing an exterminator partnership, alleging it owes $3 million.  Market Street Condominiums Association, Inc. filed a complaint April 19 in Galveston County District Court against Terminix and Dre Properties LLC, alleging negligence in failing to

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Couple Receives Death Threats Over Their Home Color (TX)

A couple in Harris County, Texas, said they received death threats after a photo of their home—which had been recently painted bright teal—was posted online on a realty website.  Keely and Peter Dubrova said the local homeowner’s association approved their

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Stone Gate HOA donates to three PALs programs (TX)

The Stone Gate Home Owners Association (HOA) Adopt a School program continued a tradition of donating to CFISD Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALs) programs this week by delivering $1,000 checks to the PALs at Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls and Cypress Springs

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Power struggle takes over McKinney HOA (TX)

Waterside is a pleasant, family-oriented neighborhood just north of U.S. Highway 380 and Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. But beyond the welcoming sign and pristine green yards is a power struggle – multiple, actually, at the same time.   Read the

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HOA sells home of woman with outstanding dues (TX)

A woman is being evicted from her home near Tomball after she says her homeowner’s association foreclosed on her home and it then sold at auction.  Triss McQuiston is now fighting to stay the home where she has lived for

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After Protests, Houston Mayor Takes Back HOA Trash Subsidy Cut

The city subsidizes homeowners associations that hire their own waste company rather than use the city’s services.  Mayor Sylvester Turner included scrapping the $6 per home per month subsidy in his proposed budget for next fiscal year.    Read the

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Man files civil rights suit against property owner’s association (TX)

David Dodd claims in a federal discrimination suit he was stripped of his American dream by a property owner’s association asking him to leave the neighborhood because he is African-American.  However court documents filed by the Clearwater Bay Property Owner’s

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Family, homeowner’s association battle over food truck business (TX)

A battle is brewing in one Sugar Land community over a family’s food truck. The New Territory HOA is telling a couple they can’  t park their Greek food truck on their driveway because it violates the rules. The family

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HOA bans homeowners renting to sex offenders, but is it legal? (TX)

A Fort Bend County neighborhood’s homeowners association has put a ban on any homeowner renting to a registered sex offender.  Lots of families with young children live in the Kingdom Heights neighborhood. The deed restrictions established by the HOA for

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