Many Texas communities are managed by Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs). These HOAs have bylaws (sometimes referred to as covenants, conditions and restrictions) that all residents living in the development must follow. These bylaws verify the HOA as a legal entity charged with identifying rules homeowners must follow, enforcing community standards and maintaining common areas. Everything from parking restrictions to installing fences and sheds to what colors homeowners can or can’t paint their houses to working with landscape contractors can be included in HOA bylaws.
An HOA board of directors’ primary job is upholding these bylaws and keeping the neighborhood looking fairly uniform to maintain property values and the property’s personality. Bylaws will reflect each unique HOA community.
Rules change from community to community, so it’s important to understand the rules of each HOA, as they are unique to that specific site, and understand what is the landscape professional’s responsibility and what is the homeowners’ responsibility. This can change from HOA to HOA.