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Katy Homeowners Frustrated with HOA Restrictions and Lack of Action


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

September 17, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

With master-planned communities comes homeowner associations and in some cases, misunderstandings and complaints. While HOAs have responsibility to maintain shared spaces and enforce aesthetic rules of homes, some Katy homeowners think they go too far in some cases and not far enough in others.

Ongoing Complaints

Most longtime homeowners have received a "mow your yard" or "trim your trees" demand letter at one time or another and it has not been a problem to correct. But there are many other frustrated Katy homeowners that can't seem to get the HOA to make simple improvements in their neighborhoods or to allow them to make modifications or changes that seem so ordinary. Frustrated Katy homeowners have turned to social media to express frustrations they are having with their HOAs. Below are just a few of numerous of complaints from homeowners in Katy.

CINCO RANCH HOME NOT MOWED FOR SEVEN MONTHS

"A house in North Lake Village has not been mowed since October. Squatters were there for 7 months. HOA keeps saying their crew will mow the yard but week after week. Nothing." -D. Wallis, Cinco Ranch (Editor's note: the home was mowed the day after this photo went public on a community forum.)

REMOVE YOUR DOLL HOUSE

"I had a girls doll house built in my backyard and the HOA sued me claiming it was an “outbuilding”. I sent in photos of the dollhouse with a little swing etc. they would not stop. I live on the golf course so I sent them 30 photos of boy forts but they would not drop it. I went to all my neighbors and had them elect me president of the neighborhood so I could fight for the dollhouse. I soon found out that once I was on the board they had to pay for my attorney to defend me against their lawsuit. The dollhouse stayed in my backyard for 16 yrs"- D. Catron, Kelliwood Links

NO STREETLIGHTS FOR THREE YEARS

"No one ever drives around to check street lights are working but they are sure to report a trash can being left out over 6 hours!! Our street lights have been out for 3 years!! I’ve complained but to no avail...."- L. Carpenter Cunningham

LAKECREST FRUSTRATIONS