A House committee passed a host of homeowners association bills this morning, as members showed an increasing readiness to tackle HOA concerns.
The Business and Industry committee approved bills that would limit HOAs from banning solar panels, require associations to give greater notice of payments before a foreclosure and ensure late dues are paid before attorney fees. They move on to the full House.
Members spent the morning on the contentious issue of transfer fees, or payments on the sale of property. Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, laid out a bill that would prevent transfer fees except for homeowners associations, timeshares and in cases where it would benefit property.
Homeowner advocates said the bill didn't go far enough while management companies called it too restrictive.
"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.