As has been widely discussed over the past year, the 82nd Texas Legislature made many changes to the laws affecting property owners' associations (including condominiums and single-family residential HOAs). Perhaps the most important legislative mandate from this session deals with how associations must disseminate their governing documents.
Prior to January 1, 2012, it was required that a property owners association provide copies of any informative documents regarding membership in the association. Additionally, owners must be provided with documents such as the property's Declaration, any Restrictions, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and any other documents that help govern the establishment, maintenance, or operation of any property under the association's control.
New Texas legislation requires that all governing documents be recorded with the relevant County's Real Property Records. Pursuant to Texas Property Code Section 202.006, any governing document that is not recorded with the appropriate county by January 1, 2012 will have no force or effect. If you are a property manager or board member, this means that you should check on whether your documents have been appropriately recorded.