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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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Christian Ministry Receives the Wrath of the Dove Creek Homeowners Association’s Attorneys

Friday, The Bishop Street Boot Camp Ranch, a ministry for men trying to turn their lives around, received a letter from attorney James C. Skinner of San Angelo law firm Smith Rose Finley demanding the ministry cease operations on the

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Lake Conroe homeowner says HOA caused huge sinkhole (TX)

A homeowner who lives along Lake Conroe filed a lawsuit against her property owners’ association, alleging their negligence contributed to the growing sinkhole that sits partially on her property.  Sue Horne moved to a home next to Lake Conroe in

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Northwest Austin neighborhoods pay out of pocket for more police (TX)

Concerns over speeding and code enforcement have led at least three Northwest Austin neighborhoods to pay for extra law-enforcement patrols.   On top of its individual tax contributions to the city’s police budget, the Balcones Village/Spicewood Homeowners Association—located west of

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Decades-old deed restriction reads ‘Caucasians only’ (TX)

Decades-old deed restrictions can protect a community’s charm and value, but some also contain outdated and racist reminders of a dark past.  A deed restriction drafted in 1947 for the Oak Forest neighborhood states:  “None of the lots shown on

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Undelivered mail frustrates SW Houston condo residents (TX)

Jerry Hobby is not a mail carrier.  He lives at a southwest Houston condo, and on Tuesday he found an open mail box full of undelivered mail.  “There’s all kinds of stuff in here and it’s been building up for

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2 Firefighters Injured After Battling SE Houston Condo Fire (TX)

Firefighters struggled against high winds while trying to put out a condominium fire in southeast Houston.  SkyEye was over the scene of the fire at Saint Joseph Condominium on Park Place near the Gulf Freeway.    Read the article…………….

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HOA bill proposal hearing held in Texas House

Some homeowners said the fines and fees tacked onto their homeowners association dues are unfair, and now the state Legislature is discussing a proposal to make changes.  State representatives in Austin will hear details Monday of a proposed bill to

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Neighbors say HOA should do more about gators (TX)

Folks in one Fort Bend County neighborhood are thankful for some peace and quiet this evening, after a Texas game warden got this 10-foot gator out of a homeowner’s yard.  Neighbors in the Old Orchard Park neighborhood say the gators

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Couple Blames HOA For Crumbling Home (TX)

A Hood County home is slowly crumbling into the Brazos River.  It’s owner, Mark Hall, says he first noticed something was wrong a year and a half ago, when he woke to find part of his patio missing.  “The whole

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Answer Line: Trouble with HOA? See the board, then lawyer

QUESTION: We have a homeowners association in our subdivision. We pay our money but everything that should be taken care of with the money is not being done, or it’s very, very slow getting done. Who do we contact if

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Onion Creek residents search for flood risk solutions as Austin continues feasibility study (TX)

As the city conducts a feasibility study determining how to best mitigate flood risk in the Onion Creek area of South Austin, grassroots efforts continue to curb the loss of life and property.  Ken Jacob, vice president of the Onion

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Atascocita man attacked by dog while defending his own (TX)

“I couldn’t believe an animal could do that amount of damage in such a short period of time,” said the victim’s daughter.  Harris County Animal Control did not come out Monday night, so the dog was not seized.  Now, neighbors

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North Side neighbors clear brush, protect against wildfire (TX)

A spark of community spirit could help save a North Side neighborhood from the spark of a wildfire.  Volunteers from the El Chapparal/Fertile Valley Homeowners Association gathered Saturday for a day of clearing brush. Helped by the San Antonio Fire

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Homeowners Association Makes Sonar Equipment Donation to Lake Police (TX)

Wednesday afternoon, San Angelo Police Officials met with Lake Nasworthy Homeowners Association President Ted Logan for a special dedication at the Department’s newly constructed SAPD Boathouse, located at 2022 Cat Tail Lane.  Public Information Officer Tracy Gonzales said the Association

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Carrollton residents seek vote on infill of contaminated silt basin (TX)

Two homeowner’s association boards in the Country Place subdivision have voted to fill a nearby silt basin that contains traces of beryllium, lead and other contaminants, despite opposition from some residents.   The Country Place and Townhome One HOA boards

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A North Side Neighborhood Really Wants Its Geese Back (TX)

Three geese have gone “missing” from Eden Pond and a North Side neighborhood would really, really like to have them back.  Folks from the Eden Homeowners Association near Thousand Oaks and Tavern Oaks by McAllister Park are worried someone has

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