Senate passes bill restricting HOA powers

AUSTIN, TX The bill would make it harder for an association to foreclose on a homeowner for not paying dues and fees. Sellers of property within a homeowners' association would also have to disclose to new buyers any obligations due to the association.

Dallas Sen. Royce West authored the bill and said it was necessary to protect homeowners from abuses. If the bill passes the House and is signed by the governor, the law would also restrict homeowner associations from foreclosing on military personnel serving overseas.

Presently a homeowners' association does not have to notify a property owner of an outstanding debt and allows for a rapid home foreclosure. West said the bill would level the playing field.

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