Sometimes it seems that the laws affecting Texas homeowners and the associations that govern them are as fluid as the Guadalupe River after a rainstorm. Have no fear, though. Author Gregory S. Cagle has waded into these murky waters and written a concise guide to assist in the understanding of these laws. Now in its third edition, Texas Homeowners Association Law is a reference manual that sets out the rights, duties, and responsibilities borne by both the homeowners associations and the homeowners themselves. He begins his guide with a discussion of master-planned communities and their evolution and the concept of the condominium development. He then delves into the heart of the matter by examining the formation and administration of Texas homeowners associations. He addresses such topics as:
- The filling of vacancies on the Board of Directors, the duty of care required of such Board, and the procedures governing its meetings;
- The meetings of the members of the homeowners association;
- The duties and operation of homeowners associations;
- The levying and collecting of assessments;
- The amendment of governing documents; and
- The enforcement of any restrictive covenants and the laws that limit such enforcement.
To assist members of these associations further, the author has provided sample forms, notices, and letters that can be used during the regular course of business. In the appendix readers can find sample forms for meeting minutes and notices, absentee ballots, management and resale certificates, and much more. There is also a handy glossary defining commonly-used terms and phrases.
Although Texas Homeowners Association Law is written with homeowners associations in mind, this book can also be an essential guide for homeowners. It explains what homeowners associations in Texas can and cannot do and describes the rights and duties of the homeowners.