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Resident sues property owners association, fines reach $1,000 (TX)

A Houston-area resident claims she is being so severely harassed by her homeowners association that she is taking it to court.  For years, Dona Davis says home hasn’t exactly been sweet. She says things soured shortly after she replaced weeds

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How the threat of shadows put City Hall, a developer and an East Dallas neighborhood in a legal fight (TX)

The mess of brush, gravel, discarded metal and wooden pallets piled up around the unfinished shell of an East Dallas parking garage looks a lot like the battleground it has become, where a developer, a homeowners association, and City Hall

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HOA law loophole leaves some homeowners powerless (TX)

The builder of both neighborhoods, Lennar, controls the HOAs. Both developments have been under construction since 2006. That’s because the way state law is currently written, there is no limit to “the development period,” which is essentially how long a

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Neighborhood Friend: HOA president desires to keep neighborhood a great place (TX)

It’s hard when people don’t follow the rules, but Oak Creek Estates Homeowner’s Association board president Ulyesses Wright takes it with grace. Wright is an active community member, focusing on keeping Oak Creek a pleasant neighborhood to live in. He’s

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Sinkhole pits Lake Conroe homeowner against subdivision (TX)

A woman who lives near Lake Conroe is suing the property owner’s association she once headed.  At issue is a sinkhole she’s afraid may swallow up her home.  “My biggest fear is safety,” said retiree Sue Horne.  She’s afraid continued

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Parents miffed after HOA locks popular neighborhood gate (TX)

Mckinley Thompson has raised a family in the Villas at Remington Point for six years and counting.  He says one of the appeals for his kids is easy and safe access to a local pool, playground and elementary school via

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WWII tank moved out of River Oaks neighborhood (TX)

It was ticketed by police for parking violations, it fueled tension among neighbors, and just weeks after it was parked at the corner of Del Monte and River Oaks Boulevard, a tank used during World War II was moved to

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Here’s The House That Caused This Texas Couple To Get Death Threats (TX)

…..A week and a half after the HOA initially approved the color of the Dubrovas’ house, the couple got a letter asking them to re-paint the house.  The realtor who originally posted the picture of the home didn’t want to

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Two years after fire, Austin condo owners still can’t go home (TX)

It’s been 24 months since Denise Hurd has been able to go home.  “It’s really hard to believe,” she said. “It’s been very stressful.”  Next week marks two years since a three-alarm fire ripped through the Dry Creek West Condominiums

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Welding work caused 3-story condo fire in downtown Austin (TX)

After fighting a 3-story condo fire in the 600 block of West Lynn Street in downtown Austin Tuesday for approximately an hour, Austin firefighters have it under control.  The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the corner of

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Red Tape is Stalling Houston Debris Pickup For Residents On Private Streets (TX)

The trash that littered the front lawns of homes, caused by water leaked from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, has mostly vanished, with debris behind the houses still left for pickup. But the street that splits the homes is only

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HOA fight over World War II tank in River Oaks (TX)

In the heart of River Oaks, neighbors are coming face to face with history without ever leaving the neighborhood.  “It’s great for America,” said homeowner Ken Douglas.  Attorney Tony Buzbee bought a fully functional World War II tank overseas last

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Neighboring HOA surprises elementary schools with $10,000 (TX)

Emmott Elementary School Principal Jessica Hernandez was already busy, working through the first day of school and getting her staff and students back up to speed after Hurricane Harvey postponed classes by two weeks.  Then, as the first day was

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Cinco Ranch flooding victims: Who’s in charge?

More than 790 of the 8,700 homes in the Cinco Ranch master-planned community outside of Houston were destroyed during Hurricane Harvey last month. In the wake of this destruction, according to the Houston Chronicle, some residents have been left wondering

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Harvey victims fighting looters with private safety checkpoint in west Houston

The Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 said a neighborhood checkpoint needs to be moved off the public road and onto private property.  The Ethan Glen’s Homeowners Association established it following Hurricane Harvey, just south of Litchfield Lane and Memorial

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Condominium in Memorial struggling with post-Harvey destruction (TX)

Residents living in The Pines Condominiums in Memorial woke up to a surprise the Monday morning Harvey dumped devastating rainfall all across southeast Texas.  “In the morning my wife gets a text message, from the neighbors upstairs… If you need

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This is the Right Way to Respond to Disaster in Community Association Management

Today is the first day we have been back in the office since our area was hit by Hurricane Irma. I am thankful that all of us made it through the storm in one piece, and I am especially grateful

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Neighborhoods in west Houston work to fend off looters (TX)

Neighbors living in a west Houston suburb say their property has fallen prey to thieves.  Homeowners in Stonehenge are calling them looters, claiming they return to take property at night after they had been advised to leave earlier in the

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Flood debris continues to pile up in western Harris County (TX)

It is a scene that we’re seeing all over the Houston-area: piles of debris lining the streets in many neighborhoods.   “This is home and you’ve lost everything,” said Judy Martinez, a resident of the Villages of Bear Creek.  There

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High-rises meet residents’ needs during disasters (TX)

When a natural disaster strikes, whether it be a flood or hail storm, high-rise living is an option that can take the stress out of picking up the pieces after everything settles down.  High-rises, which all have extensive management operations,

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Woodlands residents demand drainage relief, recovery funds (TX)

At least a dozen homeowners in The Woodlands’ community of Timarron Lakes demanded drainage relief and recovery funding from The Woodlands Township as they clean up from their second major flooding disaster in a little over a year.  Timarron Lakes,

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Wiped-out properties are due to be taxed as if still standing (TX)

As a result of Hurricane Harvey, Rockport’s mayor released a statement that approximately 30 percent of the community’s housing was destroyed, 30 percent to 40 percent was so badly damaged it was not salvageable, and only 30 percent to 40

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Houston neighborhood’s HOA president talks about flooding (TX)

Steve Pierce, president of the Memorial Drive Acres Section 1 HOA, describes neighborhood flooding Sunday afternoon.  View the report…………….

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Residents left stranded as bridges, roads crumble in Bastrop County (TX)

It’s not the only time homeowners in Sand Hills have had to fix the bridge.  It collapsed for the first time during storms over Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Residents attempted to get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Home business owners file suit against Vista Oaks HOA (TX)

A Williamson County couple has filed suit against their homeowners association, claiming it is trying to shut down their home-based business for deed violations when others in the neighborhood also operate home-based businesses — including HOA board members.  Russell and

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Flooded-out Conroe-area residents returning to damaged homes (TX)

Although the residents of both River Plantation, McDade Estates and other neighborhoods were being allowed back into their homes, city officials were warning people to be careful as they returned home.  “Please, please, use extreme caution,” Victoria Endsley, a spokeswoman

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First look at Rockport condo: ‘It’s just terrible destruction’ (TX)

Struggling with the decision to evacuate his home in Seguin, Neal Brodbeck has had a mentally and emotionally draining weekend.  Though he was physically safe from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, like many in Rockport, Brodbeck lost so much.  “When

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Carter Lake residents counting blessings following storms – Dam working as designed in College Station neighborhood (TX)

The Carter Lake Homeowners Association activated its emergency plan over the weekend as Harvey pushed into the Brazos Valley and southeast Texas, but the spillway at the dam has kept the record rainfall from flowing into houses.     Read the

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Overflowing Lake Conroe floods North Montgomery County homes (TX)

Tropical Storm Harvey dumped so much water into Lake Conroe over the weekend that the lake water rose so high so quickly, flooding homes in communities along the waterfront, according to residents.  While no injuries or deaths were reported, officials

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Crumbling bridge leaves dozens in Bastrop County stranded after Harvey (TX)

Residents in the Sand Hills development in Bastrop County, just outside the city of Red Rock, tell KXAN the rains that followed Harvey destroyed their bridge. That bridge is the only way to get in and out of their neighborhood.

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Homeowner Association Fees Could Triple to Fund Creek Fix (TX)

Homeowner association fees could triple under a $1.5 million plan to fix an erosion issue along an Irving creek – an expensive project that residents say is needed but they cannot afford.  People who live in the Lakeside Landing townhomes

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Austin couple sues homeowners group over condo sale (TX)

A couple who owned four units in the Villas on Town Lake is suing over the recent sale of the 1980s condominium project, saying they have yet to be paid $1.9 million they are owed.  Kevin Green and his wife,

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Homeowners want HOA rules changed to allow in-home business (TX)

A group of Williamson County homeowners say their homeowners association is behind the times and needs an update. But the HOA said it’s up to their fellow neighbors.  Dianna Sells and her husband have a crate-free dog boarding business based

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Sinkhole Pits Homeowner Against Subdivision (TX)

A woman who lives near Lake Conroe is suing the property owner’s association she once headed.  At issue is a sinkhole she’s afraid may swallow up her home.  “My biggest fear is safety,” said retiree Sue Horne.  She’s afraid continued

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Weslaco Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Pig on Property (TX)

Mix a pig, a city, and a homeowners association – you get conflict. A Weslaco mother is fighting to save Winston, her pet pig.  A year and a half ago, Charla Layne purchased the pet she claims to be three-quarters

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28 suits filed against La Bota Ranch homeowners over unpaid HOA dues (TX)

Since May 11, the two homeowners associations of La Bota Ranch have filed 28 lawsuits against homeowners who have not paid their HOA dues, threatening to foreclose on their homes if the dues are not paid.  Hearings for six of

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Austin spends nearly $5 million to buy 10 homes in the Onion Creek Watershed at risk of flooding (TX)

The properties are part of the Onion Creek Homeowners’ Association, but since the city intends to use them for nonresidential purposes—purposes which have yet to be clarified—the homeowner’s association has agreed to exempt the properties from dues and assessments during

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Residents Stuck With Hundreds of Fish Dead in Weatherford Pond (TX)

Residents in the Horseshoe Lake neighborhood in Weatherford are wondering what to do about hundreds of dead fish found floating in a neighborhood pond.  Karla Derington told NBC 5 she went out to the pond by her home on Thursday

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Georgetown residents get response on green pool (TX)

The HOA management company, RealManage, tells us a vendor was hired in February with responsibilities including pool maintenance. They sent us a list of some of the issues going on since the spring: excessive trash, dirty restrooms, a broken pump

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Green pool has Georgetown homeowners seeing red (TX)

With temperatures as high as they are, a pool, might as well be a survival mechanism. But some homeowners in the Pinnacle neighborhood in Georgetown can’t use their own neighborhood pool despite paying hundreds in homeowners association dues.  The pool,

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Residents of La Bota Ranch suing developers for excessive fees (TX)

Residents of La Bota Ranch are suing the family that developed the neighborhood and makes up the homeowners associations, claiming that their fees to live in the area have become exorbitant but services have diminished.  La Bota Ranch is a

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City of Pflugerville will not purchase Blackhawk Golf Club (TX)

The future of the Blackhawk Golf Club remains in jeopardy following a statement from the city that it has no interest in purchasing the beleaguered property.  City spokeswoman Terri Toledo said city officials are unable to find a viable option

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Neighbors rally around couple being harassed by hate letters (TX)

A Denton County neighborhood is standing up to racism by sitting together on a porch.  A single image captures the campaign of support for new neighbors who are being harassed with threatening hate mail. The racist and threatening letters are

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Lewisville family defends ‘mailbox to heaven’ after HOA expresses concern (TX)

Behind beautiful North Texas Neighborhoods are HOA’s who keep it that way. In Lewisville’s Chase Oaks neighborhood, the board had problem with a particular house on Witherby Lane.  It wasn’t the huge pile of dirt in the driveway from foundation

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‘It’s a plague’ – Concerns raised over spread of hydrilla in La Joya lake (TX)

Alaniz said residents of the Palm Shores and The Coves subdivisions -which surround the lake – have called him wanting to know how the city plans to handle the hydrilla, questions Alaniz said the city cannot answer.  “The city has

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Pond full of dead fish stinking up Round Rock neighborhood (TX)

The smell of dead fish was so strong in one Round Rock neighborhood that Laura Isbell could smell it inside of her house.  “I don’t have a good sense of smell, and it’s bad,” said Isbell as she showed KVUE

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Briarwick Condominium Owners Association accused of negligence after fire on property (TX)

Parents and an estate administrator are suing condominium owners’ association and project manager, citing alleged gross negligence.  Lizzi Cherian, Cherian M. Cherian and Susan Cherian Thomas, independent administrator of the estate of Shirley Sara Cherian, deceased filed a complaint June

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Class Action lawsuit filed against La Bota Ranch (TX)

A class action lawsuit has been filed against La Bota Ranch.  The petition was filed at the end of June against the board members of La Bota Ranch Owners Association.  According to the plaintiff’s petition, there are claims of mismanagement

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Homeowners associations should consider fining fireworks violators, police suggest (TX)

Police are suggesting people consider a novel way to handle illegal fireworks in their neighborhoods: Ask their homeowners association to fine their neighbors.  Officer Scott Boehm posted on NextDoor that fireworks — banned within San Antonio city limits — are

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Spring homeowner battles HOA over pool safety fence (TX)

A family in Montgomery County is at a standstill with their neighborhood homeowner’s association. The Bender’s Landing HOA Board doesn’t like the very thing Susan Durgapersad says is keeping her family safe.  She called consumer expert Amy Davis for help

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