A growing number of Houston-area subdivisions have Homeowner Associations in place to create and enforce neighborhood rules for residents and homeowners. These rules may include restrictions on exterior paint color for homes, bans on livestock, and rules regarding tree and lawn maintenance. These restrictions and rules exist to ensure that community standards and aesthetics are maintained in order to protect property values. Homebuyers within the community must abide by HOA rules and by-laws or face penalties, fines and even liens on their homes.
Homeowners Associations, commonly known as HOAs, are the governing body of a neighborhood, community or complex, and are tasked with making and enforcing neighborhood rules and deed restrictions. In addition, HOAs are also responsible for ensuring that the neighborhood landscaping, common green space, and surrounding trees are maintained. Unfortunately, some Houston area HOA's make poor decisions regarding the landscape and tree maintenance of their community, damaging curb appeal and threatening property values.