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UPDATED: Houston’s most outrageous HOA rules, according to local residents

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We asked Houston-area residents to share their most outrageous dust-ups with local homeowners associations and what we got back were hundreds of grievances.

Some of the tales are humorous up until the moment when you think on what it would be like to face a fine, receive a citation or get a warning for hanging an American flag on your porch, laying down brown mulch in your flower bed, leaving Christmas lights up until New Year’s Eve, drawing on your driveway with chalk, mowing your lawn sans a shirt or placing a pinwheel in your yard.

Here are 70 of the grievances against homeowner associations we received from locals:

Editor’s Note: The responses were edited for clarity and content.

“This is for a business in Pearland that has to abide with the local HOA & even our landlord is baffled by some of their rules. One example is we’re not allowed to have an ‘Open’ sign hanging inside our store by the front door. If you want one, it has to be set back so far that customers can’t see it.” – Jonas Referente of Pearland, Texas

“Bought my house in 2020 (it was a model home) and it has a retention pond on the other side of the fence in my backyard. HOA decided that they no longer approved of the bushes THEY planted and had already approved, so they decided the bushes needed to be replaced. HOA ILLEGALLY broke into my backyard and replaced the bushes WITHOUT informing me/telling me AND THEN left exposed sprinklers with no intent of replacing ALL of the bushes. HOA then used the bushes they removed from my house to put into a backyard of another model home. I was told that because I had a “no trespassing” sign that they were allowed to go into my backyard without advising me.” – Teresa Contreras of Rosenberg, Texas

“For Halloween I put out three skeletons done up like from the movie Human Centipede. (I’m really into horror) After Halloween, I added Santa hats to them and called it my Santapede. It stayed up all of November and into the first week of December when they sent me a letter and said it needed to be “less offensive.” – Veronica Lynn Smith of Katy, Texas

“I just had to pay $1,920 to my HOA because of a ***$325*** association fee that I completely forgot about in January when it was due! As of this year, there is a management company in charge of collecting the fees, as opposed to the previous six years living here where you would just mail a check to a PO Box. I received a reminder, set it aside and forgot to log in to this new website… All of the sudden we received 12 certified letters in ONE DAY from an attorney, demanding $1,900+ or else a lien would be placed on our home!! When I asked the woman who owns the management company now managing our HOA — how we went from owing $325 to owing $1,900, she said that she sent a certified letter about this in March. I told her I NEVER received that. She verified that she did not have my signature for the letter, but in her words, that is irrelevant because it is not her job to prove that I received the letter, it is only her job to prove that she sent it! It has been the biggest nightmare with the most heartless, money hungry thieves!” – Jenny of Brenham, Texas

“I just had to pay $1,920 to my HOA because of a ***$325*** association fee that I completely forgot about in January when it was due! As of this year, there is a management company in charge of collecting the fees, as opposed to the previous six years living here where you would just mail a check to a PO Box. I received a reminder, set it aside and forgot to log in to this new website… All of the sudden we received 12 certified letters in ONE DAY from an attorney, demanding $1,900+ or else a lien would be placed on our home!! When I asked the woman who owns the management company now managing our HOA — how we went from owing $325 to owing $1,900, she said that she sent a certified letter about this in March. I told her I NEVER received that. She verified that she did not have my signature for the letter, but in her words, that is irrelevant because it is not her job to prove that I received the letter, it is only her job to prove that she sent it! It has been the biggest nightmare with the most heartless, money hungry thieves!” – Jenny of Brenham, Texas

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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