I am often asked how someone can get out of their HOA. The short, very easy, very sarcastic answer is, “Well, move.”
Generally, your Homeowners Association is here to stay. You may not remember being notified that you were joining all the HOA fun that glorious day you bought your home and signed a mountain of paperwork (and read none of it). However, that’s your HOA now.
So how does one cope with their Homeowners Association? Well, you can find a current copy of your deed restrictions and get yourself familiar with twenty-or-so pages of mind-numbing legalese. You could acquaint yourself with your neighbors and swap HOA war stories. There are also regularly scheduled meetings to attend where the HOA Board, believe it or not, welcomes input from its follow homeowners. That’s right, the board is generally comprised of other owners (a lot like you).
When it comes to HOA issues, we encourage self-help. Many times, problems between homeowners and the HOA are resolved by sitting down and simply talking things out. Other problems, like a cease and desist letter from the HOA Board’s attorney, might require some professional attention.
Coming down with a case of the HOA blues? Give us a call, we’d love to help.
Within two days of the flood, I received multiple emails for help. One person said, “My rent house was completely flooded, and my landlord kicked me out. I have no place to go.”
Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant, you have certain rights and obligations with a rent house after a natural disaster. For a quick review of your rights, read your written lease. You may also want to speak with a professional who practices Landlord/Tenant Law. For a free consultation, call (832) 305-7694.
How long does a Landlord have before repairs must be completed?
Do you have the right to terminate your Lease?
Can a renter withhold rent while repairs are pending?
What must a landlord do if a residential rental unit is uninhabitable?
Can hotel and food costs be refunded?
Don’t act without knowing the answers to your specific questions. Many answers are fact specific to your situation and to your lease. Don’t risk making yourself a target for an Eviction or a Repair & Remedy lawsuit.
“An offense under [Section 42.07 of the Texas Penal Code] is a Class B misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the actor has previously been convicted under this section."
So where is the line between irritating and harassing? It seems that too many people believe that they have been “harassed” when, for example, their neighbor rudely suggests that the dog should stop barking. Also, is your boss’s constant emailing at work harassment?
Consider the severity of the law when considering whether or not harassment has occurred.
Was any part of the Harassment….
A threat to inflict bodily injury,
Alarming & False,
or a Torment?
If not, you were not likely harassed. In fact, most people who claim harassment are simply victims of mere jerkiness, which is not necessarily against the law.
If, however, someone has crossed the line (and there is no simple test to know for sure), you may have a criminal and/or a civil action against them. Consult an attorney with your specific facts.
This blog site provides only general information about the law and does not, under any circumstances, constitute legal advice. You should not act or refrain from acting based on these materials without first obtaining the advice of professional legal counsel.