Associations and Assessments
Q. Did I elect to become a member of the homeowners association?
A. No. Membership is not optional; you accepted it when you accepted the deed to your property in Atascocita. Membership passes to the next owner when the property is sold.
Q. What are Deed Restrictions?
A. All properties in Atascocita C.I.A. are subject to rules which place restrictions on the deed to your property. The rules, “deed restrictions” were designed by the Developer to preserve property values and to protect and maintain the quality of the neighborhood. This complete document is available for review and download on this website.
Q. What are the assessments used for?
A. Since Atascocita is in an unincorporated area, there wouldn’t be any municipal services or amenities without collection of an annual assessment from each owner. A copy of the Association’s current operating budget is available for review on this website.
Q. How do I pay my assessments online?
A. If you would like to pay by eCheck or with a credit or debit card, please go to
Q. I don’t use the marina, swimming pools, or tennis courts. Do I still have to pay for them?
A. Yes. The facilities and amenities in your area do positively affect the property values for the homes in the community, whether you use them or not. The CC&Rs stipulate that no owner may escape supporting financial responsibility for the Association’s services or facilities due to his non-use of those services or facilities.
Q. Can assessments be paid over time?
A. Yes. You may request a payment plan. While Association approval of and conformance with, such a plan will protect you from collection measures, please remember that interest will continue to accrue on the unpaid balance.
Q. Who is responsible for repairing the fence between my house and my neighbor’s house?
A. Once a fence is installed on or near the property line, it becomes jointly owned. It doesn’t matter which side the pickets are on, or who actually paid for the fence; it becomes the joint responsibility of the adjacent owners.
Q. Are there special requirements for fences on the golf course or water front?
A. Fences contiguous with the golf course property or water front must be constructed of ornamental metal. The full policy is available for review on this website.
Q. There is an easement on my property. Is it my responsibility?
A. Yes. An easement is an area typically dedicated to current or future use by utilities. While they guarantee ingress and egress by the utility company, they are still part of your property, and they must be maintained by the owner of the property without restricting availability to the utility company.
Q. Who controls the terms and performance of trash pickup?
A. The ACIA contracts for trash pickup on your behalf. A significant portion of your maintenance fee funds the cost of trash pickup. This provides each owner with a lower per unit price which is paid on a tax-exempt basis.
Q. Who is responsible for drainage ditch concerns?
A. Mowing and maintenance of the ditches is the responsibility of Harris County Flood Control District, 713-684-4000.
Q. Who is responsible for road maintenance, sign maintenance, and street sweeping?
A. These are the responsibility of Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2, 713 755-6220.
Q. Who is responsible for streetlight operation?
A. Centerpoint Energy, 713-207-2222.
Q. Who is responsible for security patrol?
A. Harris County Precinct 4 Constables are presently engaged by the ACIA, in participation with Walden on Lake Houston, to provide 24/7 patrol. For non-emergencies call 281-376-3472. For all emergencies call 911.
Q. What can we do to control animals roaming loose?
A. You can report loose animals or nuisance animals to Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191.
Q. Can the ACIA control vehicles parked in the streets?
A. All the streets within the ACIA have been deeded to Harris County. As such, there is no restriction against parking on the street, even overnight, unless county signs have been placed restricting parking. The ACIA does pursue well-documented long-term storage of vehicles in public view as a violation of deed restrictions.
Q. Are there restrictions on basketball goals?
A. The current policy states that basketball goals must be kept in good repair or be removed from public view. Basketball goals must be removed from the street when not in use.
Associations and Assessments
Q. What if I have a question with legal tones
A. The Board and Management company cannot answer or give legal advice. Contact your own lawyer for legal questions.
Q. Can the Board appoint new committees without votes from members?
A. Yes. Article VIII, Committees of the bylaws allows for it.
Q. Can the Board of Trustees accept Gift of land for the ACIA?
A. Yes. Under the bylaws Article IV Board of Directors Section 1.
The question has been asked whether the association is required to annex this land to be covered by one of the deed restriction documents that applies to a subdivision under the association’s jurisdiction. It is not necessary to do so.
The association is entitled to own real property pursuant to its Articles of Incorporation and has owned numerous pieces of real property since its inception. The association’s governing documents do not require that such ownership be limited to property that is subject to an Atascocita deed restriction document.
In accepting ownership of the land, the association did need to determine that ownership of the land would be in the interest of the association. Since the land is at the entryway to Pinehurst, it was a reasonable and perhaps a wise decision to gain control of the land to enable control of the appearance of the subdivision entry.