Article Courtesy of
KHOU-TV 11, Houston, TX
Published April 9, 2010
-- State lawmakers are looking into the current law pertaining to foreclosures
by homeowners associations and met Wednesday on the campus of Texas Southern
University for a public hearing on the matter.
In their last session, they got close to passing some changes to that law, but
the legislation failed by one vote.
The lawmakers heard from Adriana Camacho, of southeast Houston, who says she's
fighting to keep her home from being foreclosed by her homeowners association.
She claims it all stems from an overhang her husband built in the back of
their house that violated the association rules. The fine for that violation,
plus being overdue on her homeowners dues, has all turned into a legal fight
that resulted in the threat of foreclosure.
"You know, Iíll work a little harder, but I don't want to lose my
house," said Camacho.
Texas is one of the few states in the country that allows homeowners
associations to foreclose on houses.
|But those who represent the
homeowners associations say they need to the right to
foreclose. Otherwise, they say there's no way to ensure
homeowners pay their dues or follow the rules. But they
also say the groups should not be abusing their power.
"If the homeowners saw that their boards were not doing
the will of their people in their homeowners association, and
there was a mechanism that those bad players could be removed,
we think that would solve a lot of the problems," said
Roy Hailey, of the Community Associations Institute.
will most likely take up the issue again in the next session in Austin.
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