HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION REFORM (2012)
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports changes in Texas law governing mandatory homeowner associations which would:
1. Protect against unreasonable foreclosure on homesteads
2. Assure priority of payments so that assessment payments apply first to delinquent dues and then to non-assessment items, such as interest and penalties
3. Reform HOA elections to ensure secret ballots in homeowner elections and safeguards against fraud to assure uniform, honest, and accurate election results
4. Assure that homeowners have access to meetings and records of the homeowner associations.
History: This issue was first proposed as a not-recommended concurrence at Convention 2010 by LWV-Houston Area. Delegates voted to defer the issue to Convention 2012 pending further consideration by a committee to study the Houston materials, consider bills pertaining to HOA reform filed in the 2011 legislature and the need for statewide advocacy. The board recommended the concurrence in 2012.