Rally in Austin rebuts HOA naysayers: Just Play by the Rules!
Sounding an upbeat chord for the 'Silent Majority' of HOA owners, Texas Community Association Advocates (TCAA) mobilized concerned homeowners from around the state on February 15 to tell Austin they love their HOAs. As news cameras rolled, some 100 Texans who value their HOA rights and lifestyle thronged the south steps of the State Capitol to carry their message to lawmakers. After the rally the energized crowd fanned out to legislative suites personally making their case to elected representatives of their districts.
The SILENT MAJORITY wants to preserve, protect and enhance their property values. Nearly five million Texans live in HOAs and contribute about $3.2 billion in assessments each year to the Texas economy. TCAA speaks for the majority of those who favor reasonable legislation for community associations.
A vocal minority is threatening the property rights of thousands of HOA residents in Texas. A small group of dissidents are pushing for legislation which will have many unintended negative consequences for HOAs, such as increasing their operating costs and decreasing their property values.
The HOA advocates group, comprised of homeowners from Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas metro areas, represented a diverse cross-section of the more than 25,000 community associations in Texas. Unified by their desire to protect their property values, they assert that everyone who chooses to live in an HOA should be required to play by the rules.
"We are here to speak out because we want to protect our property values," said Marta Gore, a homeowner from McKinney (bottom right photo). The vast majority of people pay their mortgages on time and pay their HOA assessments. They move into an HOA community because they want the amenities that come with association living, and because they want to protect their home investment."
"TCAA supports enhanced consumer protections like judicial review foreclosure," said Sandy Denton, Chair of TCAA (top right photo). We also support payment plans for owners, open access to meetings and records and expanded voting rights. However, we must ensure that community associations can function for the benefit of all residents, and not place an unfair burden on those who play by the rules by making them pay for those who don't."
TCAA's positions are endorsed by the majority of HOA owners across our state, who spoke as one at the rally.
* Homeowners make a decision to move into an HOA, and the vast majority pays their dues on time and play by the rules. Don't make me pay for those who don't.
* We love our water parks, swimming pools and walking trails and other amenities that come with owning a home in a community association.
* We don't want a bus parked in a neighbor's back yard or a car up on blocks or an unmowed lawn with tall grass.
* Foreclosures are extremely rare. They are only 1/12 of one percent of delinquent owners. We need these rights.
* If you don't want to live in an HOA community, don't buy a house in the HOA community. It's not for everyone. It's for people who want to protect their property values.
* We support solar panels and the right to install energy saving devices that meet the community standards.
* We speak for the millions of people in Texas who love their HOA communities.