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Posted on January 27, 2023 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
 As a recognized homeowners association, our community has a board to help our HOA run smoothly. The board consists of volunteers who execute a wide variety of tasks you may not be aware of; however, their work affects every single resident. One of the most important things the board does is create and enforce the association rules.
While some residents may not like being told what they can and can’t do, ultimately the board is looking out for the greater good. By enforcing the rules, the board is doing its best to keep property value up and conflicts down. Of course, the board wants to make sure the rules are beneficial for the majority—and hopefully all—residents. You are welcome to raise concerns about the rules at open board meetings. 
 
Another major responsibility of the board is to collect assessments from homeowners. Collecting this money is important for the stability of the association, because the assessments pay for the common elements enjoyed by all residents. Assessments also help to replenish the reserve funds, which pay for any major repairs the association may need. The board is responsible for the association’s finances, and collecting assessments is how it ensures that the association remains solvent.

Finally, the board acts on behalf of the association by hiring managers, attorneys, contractors and other professionals who help better the association. Board members also help conceive and lead many of the projects that will improve the HOA.

While it’s a big job, board members are happy to serve the residents and make the community a great place to call home. So why not learn more about what these volunteers do by talking to your board members, attending an open board meeting or even running for a seat on the board during our next election? The more people we have looking out for our association, the stronger it will be.
Posted on January 20, 2023 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
We are looking for original, striking images of Cinco Ranch II. These images may reflect a range of landscapes, events, activities, and community classes, all located within Cinco Ranch II. These photos will be used for a monthly cover photo of the community newsletter, My Cinco Ranch, social media, and/or the Mycincoranch.com website. We encourage entries from all neighborhoods of Cinco Ranch II. Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description, as well as the location where the photo was taken - photos must be from within Cinco Ranch II. Photos taken outside of Cinco Ranch II are not eligible. Please only send in high-resolution images!
 
Entries must be:
  • The original work of the entrant
  • Non-infringing of the rights of others
  • Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
  • An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)
WHEN: Photos are accepted year-round.
HOW: Up to 3 photographs may be submitted per person, per month. Entries may be entered by emailing Lifestyle@mycincoranch.com. Mailed entries will not be accepted. Please include your address, a caption for each photo, and the location they were taken.
FILE REQUIREMENTS: All files of images may not exceed 9 megabytes (9 MB). CRRA2, and CRSWCC or their respective management companies cannot be responsible for lost, damaged, late, or misdirected entries, faulty uploading connections, garbled transmissions, unauthorized intervention, or technical malfunctions. PLEASE SEND HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES ONLY!
ENTRIES: All entries may be used by CRSWCC, CRRA2, or their management companies in any and all types of publications; we also reserve the right to use specific submissions. Entrants understand that by entering this contest, you forfeit all ownership rights and claims to the submissions. CRSWCC shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, eligibility. A selection of photos may be featured on mycincoranch.com and CIA Services, Inc.’s website. Images also may be used in a slideshow, on social media, in CRSWCC, CRRA2, or their management companies.
LEGAL CONDITIONS: By submitting photos, you automatically agree to the Legal Conditions. Entry of photographs implies acceptance of these conditions, regardless of whether entrants sign a statement confirming acceptance.
COPYRIGHT: By submitting an entry, you hereby give Cinco Ranch Southwest Community Council, Cinco Ranch Residential Associtation II, and their respective management companies, their affiliates, assigns, licensees, successors-in-interest, legal representatives, and heirs (“Cinco Ranch II”) the irrevocable right to use the name (or any fictional name), photographed in all forms and in all media and in all manners, of me or my family, and my photograph, without any restriction as to changes or alterations (including but not limited to composite or distorted representations, or derivative works made in any medium) now or hereafter known for illustration, publication, advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes, and we waive any right to inspect or approve the photograph(s) or finished version(s) incorporating the photograph(s), including written copy that may be created and appear in connection therewith. You agree that CRSWCC owns the copyright in these photographs, and you hereby waive any claims you may have based on any usage of the photographs or works derived therefrom, including but not limited to claims for either invasion of privacy or libel.

For questions regarding the photo contests, please contact the Community Coordinator at lifestyle@mycincoranch.com
Posted on January 13, 2023 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
  • Board Members Want Homeowners to Attend Board Meetings! HOA Boards conduct meetings on a regular schedule and residents are encouraged to attend. By showing up to the community’s Board meeting, homeowners learn about important issues facing the community. At the meeting, residents have the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions and gain a greater understanding of the factors that will ultimately play into the Board’s decision-making process. Board members are seeking resident input, feedback and guidance as they decide on what is best for the community at large.
  • They Want to Do What is Best for Homeowners! HOA Board members have a single purpose in mind: to increase property values by protecting the community. They make decisions with this overarching principle in mind. Both the HOA Board and a community’s homeowners association property management company share this goal. While some Board decisions might seem arbitrary or nitpicky, residents should remember that the Board and management company are required to use this as a basis to guide their decision-making.
  • The Board is Always Looking for Help! Board members want residents to volunteer for committees, run for a position on the Board and offer to undertake responsibilities to help the Board function more smoothly. The members of the HOA Board are volunteers and do not get paid for their service. They are willing to lend their time and attention to important issues to help protect the property values of the entire community. Residents with special skills or knowledge are encouraged to support fellow residents by volunteering their time for general needs or by serving on a committee.
  • Board Members Must Uphold the HOA’s Governing Docs! Board members have a legal fiduciary responsibility to uphold the governing documents for their community, whether they agree with the documents or not. Board members are not trying to be punitive or unreasonable when making certain decisions for the community. They are simply serving on a Board of Directors with important legal obligations. As a reminder, homeowners who are unhappy with any of the guidelines outlined in their community’s governing documents can open the conversation to make a change. 
  • HOA Management Companies Are There to Help Residents, Not Just Enforce Rulings! HOA Boards hire management companies to provide advice on best business practices and help them understand the legal implications of their decisions. Since Board members volunteer their time, the management company provides administrative support like community inspections, communications services and expertise based on their lengthy experience in community management. 
Posted on January 6, 2023 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
HOA WEBSITE REQUIREMENTS
If an HOA has sixty or more properties, or if it has outsourced its day-to-day functions to a management company, SB 1588 requires it to maintain a website that includes its management certificates and a calendar of member meetings. Mycincoranch.com has been the website for Cinco Ranch II since 2017. 
Posted on December 30, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
Sec. 209.016. REGULATION OF RESIDENTIAL LEASES OR RENTAL AGREEMENTS.
(a) Repealed by Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 951 (S.B. 1588), Sec. 22(3), eff. September 1, 2021.
(b) A property owners' association may not adopt or enforce a provision in a dedicatory instrument that:
(1) requires a lease or rental applicant or a tenant to be submitted to and approved for tenancy by the property owners' association; or
(2) requires the following information to be submitted to a property owners' association regarding a lease or rental applicant or current tenant:
(A) a consumer or credit report; or
(B) a lease or rental application submitted by the applicant, tenant, or that person's agent to the property owner or property owner's agent when applying for tenancy.
(c) Repealed by Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 951 (S.B. 1588), Sec. 22(3), eff. September 1, 2021.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the adoption or enforcement of a provision in a dedicatory instrument establishing a restriction relating to occupancy or leasing.
(e) A property owners' association may request the following information to be submitted to the association regarding a lease or rental applicant:
(1) contact information, including the name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address of each person who will reside at a property in the subdivision under a lease; and
(2) the commencement date and term of the lease.
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1077 (H.B. 2489), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2015.
Amended by:
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 951 (S.B. 1588), Sec. 20, eff. September 1, 2021.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 951 (S.B. 1588), Sec. 22(3), eff. September 1, 2021.
Posted on December 23, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
Common Area Rules and Guidelines within the community: 
 
1. Use of Common Areas is limited to Cinco Ranch residents, guests, and approved groups and/or leagues.
2. Access into community pools, buildings, and tennis courts requires an active electronic access device. Access devices are non-transferable and may not be sold or bartered.
3. Unless hours of operation are posted at the facility, all common areas are available for use from dawn to dusk.
4. The use of fires and open flames is prohibited except in grills provided by the Association located in designated areas.
5. Overnight camping, lodging, trailers, tents, hammocks, etc. at any common area is prohibited.
6. Hunting and harassment of wildlife on common area grounds is not permitted.
7. Fishing at the community lakes is permitted; however, any fish caught must be released back into the lakes as they are for "catch and release" fishing only.
8. Swimming, wading, or use of boats or other watercraft with gasoline-powered engines on any pond within the Community is not permitted, except that the Declarant and the Residential Association may use gasoline powered boats for construction, maintenance, and repair of such ponds.
9. Residents will be held accountable and responsible for the actions and conduct or any damage caused by themselves or their guests.
10. Property belonging to the Association may not be removed from the Common Areas without the written consent of the Board of Directors.
11. Several lakes within Cinco Ranch Residential Association II are owned by another entity, which may have additional guidelines and rules.
 
Should it be determined that you or a family member have transferred, sold or bartered an access device assigned to a person in your household, the Association may suspend your right to use the community amenities with proper notice.
Posted on December 16, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
Did you know in Article 6 of the DECLARATION OF PROTECTIVE COVENANTS it references owner responsibility for maintenance, repair, and replacement?
 
Article 6 Maintenance, Repair and Replacement:
One of the benefits of owning property in a planned community is the commitment among neighbors to maintain their property in a neat, attractive, and well-landscaped condition to enhance the overall beauty and aesthetic appeal of the Community. This Article describes the Owners' responsibilities far maintenance and repair of their Units and far insuring their Units against property damage so that funds will be available far repair and restoration if needed.
 
6.1. Maintenance by Owners. Each Owner shall maintain his or her Unit, including all structures, landscaping, and other improvements comprising the Unit, in a manner consistent with the Governing Documents and the Community Wide Standard, unless such maintenance responsibility is otherwise assumed by or assigned to the Residential Association or an Additional Association pursuant to this Declaration, any Supplemental Declaration, or by law. Each Owner whose Unit abuts Common Area or the right-of-way of any public street shall also be responsible for maintaining and irrigating the landscaping (a) between the Unit boundary and the nearest 15 curb of such public street, except where there is a fence easement in favor of the Residential Association pursuant to Section 13.6; and (b) between the Unit boundary and any wall or fence located on adjacent Common Area or right-of.way within 10 feet of the Unit boundary. However, Owners may not remove trees, shrubs, or similar vegetation from these areas without prior approval pursuant to Article 5. Owners shall have no responsibility for maintaining neighborhood entry features or landscaping associated with such features.
 
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Posted on December 9, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
The board may not, unless done in an open meeting for which prior notice was given to owners under Subsection (e), consider or vote on: (1) fines; (2) damage assessments; (3) initiation of foreclosure actions; (4) initiation of enforcement actions, excluding temporary restraining orders or violations involving a threat to health or safety; (5) increases in assessments; (6) levying of special assessments; (7) appeals from a denial of architectural control approval; (8) a suspension of a right of a particular owner 18 before the owner has an opportunity to attend a board meeting to present the owner ’s position, including any defense, on the issue; (9) lending or borrowing money; (10) the adoption or amendment of a dedicatory instrument; (11) the approval of an annual budget or the approval of an amendment of an annual budget; (12) the sale or purchase of real property; (13) the filling of a vacancy on the board; (14) the construction of capital improvements other than the repair, replacement, or enhancement of existing capital improvements; or (15) the election of an officer. (i) This section applies to a meeting of a property owners ’ association board during the development period only if the meeting is conducted for the purpose of: (1) adopting or amending the governing documents, including declarations, bylaws, rules, and regulations of the association; (2) increasing the amount of regular assessments of the association or adopting or increasing a special assessment; (3) electing non-developer board members of the association or establishing a process by which those members are elected; or (4) changing the voting rights of members of the association. Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1026 (H.B. 2761), Sec. 3, eff. January 1, 2012. Amended by: Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1183 (S.B. 1168), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2015. Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 951 (S.B. 1588), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2021.
Posted on December 2, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
Board Meeting Notice (Texas Property Code Section 209.0051(e))
Notice of a board meeting must be conspicuously posted in the community and emailed at least 144 hours before a regular board meeting. If your association has a longer notice period listed in the governing documents, the association should still follow that longer notice period.
 
Members shall be given notice of the date, hour, place, and general subject of a regular or special board meeting, including a general description of any matter to be brought up for deliberation in executive session.
 
The notice shall be: (1) mailed to each property owner not later than the 10th day or earlier than the 60th day before the date of the meeting; or (2) provided at least 144 hours before the start of a regular board meeting and at least 72 hours before the start of a special board meeting by: (A) posting the notice in a conspicuous manner reasonably designed to provide notice to property owners ’ association members: (i) in a place located on the association ’s common property or, with the property owner ’s consent, on other conspicuously located privately owned property within the subdivision; or (ii) on any Internet website available to association members that is maintained by the association or by a management company on behalf of the association; and (B) sending the notice by e-mail to each owner 17 who has registered an e-mail address with the association. (f) It is an owner ’s duty to keep an updated e-mail address registered with the property owners ’ association under Subsection (e)(2)(B).
 
Open Meeting Requirements for Budget Approvals (Texas Property Code Section 209.0051(h))
Approval of any budget or budget amendment must be done at a properly noticed, open board meeting. This new law applies regardless of whether the association’s budget is increased.
Posted on November 25, 2022 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
Religious Displays (Texas Property Code Section 202.018)
Associations can no longer adopt or enforce restrictions that prohibit religious displays on an owner’s private property or dwelling, regardless of how many there are, how large they are, what they are made of, whether they alter the entry door or door frame, or where they are located.
However, associations can still prohibit religious displays that:
  • Threaten public health or safety
  • Are attached to traffic control devices, streetlamps, fire hydrants, or utility signs, poles, or fixtures
  • Violate a law other than a law prohibiting the display of religious speech
  • Are patently offensive to passersby for reasons other than religious content
  • Are installed on HOA owned, HOA maintained, or commonly owned property
  • Violate a building line, right-of-way, setback, or easement
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