Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Harry Reed Confesses To Embezzling From Texas HOA

December 17, 2012

This is one of those stories that we will hear over and over again, with only minor variations, but it is always worth pointing out the details.


Boards must be diligent and pay attention to those expenses.  Here, it was the details that tipped them off:



The employee said Reed later produced slips of paper with workers’ signatures, but the employee said she and other board members were suspicious about his story. For one thing, the complaint said, some of the cash withdrawals were made outside Texas, and the number of tree removals in the subdivision didn’t match the number of slips of papers he presented.


Former Tomball HOA president accused of embezzling $41,664

By Carol Christian
Read the rest, here on the Houston Chronicle site:

Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

October 2, 2012

Some association problems are just more attention-grabbing than others.  This Texas HOA is dealing with an invasion of hundreds of rattlesnakes.  According to some owners, there is common area that is maintained by the association that is attracting mice and rabbits and other rattler food.

While the association may be mowing the area, or undertaking other regular maintenance, by getting the media involved, the owners are successfully raising a question as to whether that maintenance is sufficient.  Allegations of hundreds of rattlers certainly gets media attention.

In any event, Mr. Jackson (and Dr. Jones) would not approve.


I could see a similar problem arising here in Idaho.  But it probably wouldn’t be snakes.  Perhaps if the clubhouse trash were not cleared regularly, some communities would face an invasion of bears.  The association board has some discretion by law to decide how much maintenance the HOA can afford.   Reporting dangerous animals (if true) might be a good way to challenge that discretion.