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HOA Reform Like An Elephant
Saturday, 26 March 2011

House committee passes first batch of HOA bills
A House committee passed a host of homeowners association bills this morning, as members showed an increasing readiness to tackle HOA concerns... "As someone who has sat on this committee the longest, this is one of the most difficult for us," said Rep. Giddings, D-Desoto, referring to fees affecting HOAs. "It's sort of like an elephant. Our approach this time around is eat it like you eat an elephant and that is one bite at a time."  Plan for equally fiery testimony this afternoon as members take up a bill that would restrict HOAs from regulating homeowners' American flag displays.

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HOA Reform Coalition Press Release Freehold and HOA Private Transfer Fees
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Home Owner Associations Face Increasing OppositionFrom Homeowners to End “Transfer Fees”

Homeowners and Realtors have fought for years to end the controversial Home Owners Associations (HOA) and Freehold Capital Partners private transfer fees charged each time a home sells. Business & Industry Committee will hear House Bill 8.   The bill is an enabling act that opens the door to mandatory transfer fees and substantially increases the number of gratuitous administrative fees and fines the HOA management industry can charge.  If passed, HOA governments can impose not only transfer fees but unlimited others: entry fee, resale certificate fees, certificates of compliance fees, capital Improvement fees, special assessment fees, covenant compliance inspection fees and even contribution fees.

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California Court of Appeal in Sacramento Rules Against CC&Rs Brinding Arbitration Clause
Sunday, 06 March 2011

CC&R Provisions Mandating Binding Arbitration of Construction Defect Claims Ruled Unenforceable
"CC&Rs are not an effective means of obtaining an agreement to arbitrate a homeowners association's construction defect claims against a developer." "Treating CC&Rs as a contract such that they are sufficient to waive the right to trial by jury does not comport with the importance of the right waived." 
The Villa Vicenza Declaration of CC&Rs was recorded unilaterally by Nobel Court Development, the developer, and was, thus, imposed on the Association and its members. The Association was never given the opportunity to accept or reject the terms of the CC&Rs and did not sign them.

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HOA Syndrome: Living in an HOA was the worst
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Judith L.  MD:  Living in an HOA was the worst
Living in an HOA was the worst thing that ever happened to me - that I could have avoided. As a physician, although not a psychiatrist or psychologist, I absolutely believe in the validity of 'HOA Syndrome'.   Lost sleep, extreme stress and anxiety that permeates every aspect of your life and harms your family repeatedly...if you find yourself in the crosshairs of a vicious, dishonest and greedy Tyrant on the Board , then you can  pretty much kiss life as you know it 'goodbye' for up to a decade. I'm in my 6 th year of HOA Helll and there's  still no end in sight.

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HOA Reformers Take Their Big Message to Texas Capitol
Thursday, 17 February 2011

People rally for and against HOA reform
While one group said it's time for change, members of another group said they're happy with their homeowners' association and stand up for HOA rights. Coalition for HOA Reform held the first rally to encourage state lawmakers to stop various HOAs, or what they call "abusive mini-governments." "We need our rights back and that's all there is to it," said Spring resident Wesley Crouch.Reformers said they support the rights of Texas homeowners and not unregulated mini-governments. They said HOAs have broad powers with little oversight and infringe upon homeowner freedom. They also said HOAs cause a lot of burdens for homeowners, including tax hikes, fees, fines and threats of foreclosure.

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HOA Reform Heats Up at Texas Capitol
Thursday, 17 February 2011

Fight over HOA power heads to Austin
The debate over how much power should be given to neighborhood homeowners associations is heating up again at the Texas state capitol.  On Tuesday, Houston-area groups, both for and against HOA reform, traveled to Austin to give lawmakers an earful.  It’s part of a national push to regulate HOAs, which critics say have way too much power.

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FOX News Special Report: Have HOAs become too powerful?
Thursday, 10 February 2011

Home Owners Association Takes Home Over Legal Fees
The HOA's payment ledger shows Hillary was trying to pay. In fact, by April of last year, her balance was zero. But Hillary fell behind again. 
In September of last year, Hillary got a letter from the Butler/Hailey Law Firm which represents Wildflower Green Homeowners Association. The letter tells Hillary her delinquent payments have caused legal fees to incur. She needs to pay $921 or face foreclosure.

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HOA Reform Legislative Priority
Tuesday, 01 February 2011

Out-of-control HOAs need reform
Homeowners Associations, known as HOAs, are multiplying across central Texas. So are the complaints against them.  Nearly 5 million people live in HOAs in Texas, and one out of every four homes built in the state during the last decade is part of one. But some homeowners said HOAs are out of control and now Texas lawmakers are listening.

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HOA Reform Rally against HOA abuses
Monday, 06 December 2010

Northeast Houston residents protest HOA management
“I'm entitled to know how they spent my money and they have not furnished the records to me,” said Kenneth Sugg, Jr., a former Pine Village North board member.  Robin Klar Lent will be talking about HOA abuses at a Saturday rally. It will be held at Bayland Community Center located at 6400 Bissonnet on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. “We need open records, open meetings, fair elections,” said Klar Lent, the Texas Homeowners for HOA Reform President. “We need to end unfair foreclosures.”

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HOUSTON HOA REFORM RALLY
Friday, 03 December 2010

Houston HOA Reform Rally – Dec 4
If you or your neighbors have suffered HOA harassment, citations, liens, foreclosure threats, or other problems, come to learn your rights.   Join forces with other homeowners to determine an agenda for the coming 2011 Texas Legislature HOA reforms.  Come help develop a plan of action.  Become a part of this history making event!

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FOX News Reports: HOA Meeting Suddenly Turns Violent
Monday, 29 November 2010

HOA Meeting Melee Caught On Tape
All the board members were voted out and told to immediately turn over all records and any other property belonging to the Catalina Square Improvement Committee. "Our president came towards him to try to shut him down and told him he couldn't do that," homeowner Pat Martin said. Suddenly the meeting turns violent...Harris seems glad he's no longer in charge of the HOA, but probably not as glad as all of these homeowners. Both sides can probably agree on one thing, they were part of an HOA meeting no one will ever forget.

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