New Rights for Texas Homeowners (HOA Communities)
from my Texas Association of Realtors Newsletter
Nearly 20% of Texans live in neighborhoods that have homeowners associations
HOAs can no longer prevent homeowners from:
Installing a solar-energy device on the property.
Installing & using rain-harvesting devices.
Displaying certain religious items on the entry of the property.
Installing roof shingles that are wind and/or hail resistant, energy efficient, or solar generating.
Flying the U.S., Texas, or a branch of the U.S. armed forces flag.
Each of these rights apply to condos as well.
It's important to note that a homeowners association may place some parameters on these rights.
The reason these rights have been *granted* is that HOAs have denied them;
be sure to check HOA rules & history (does the HOA have a history of taking homeowners to court for minor infractions? etc) before you buy.