AUSTIN (KXAN) - A lawsuit has been filed against the homeowners association of an Austin condominium complex.
A KXAN investigation that aired Tuesday showed how homeowners at the Sunchase condominium complex in Northeast Austin are questioning the financial accountability of their HOA board. The Austin Police Department is also investigating the Sunchase HOA.
The Sunchase board of directors and the property manager have not had an independent financial audit performed in more than five years, in violation of state law.
The unaudited money totals about $1 million. Some Sunchase homeowners claim they have not been allowed to see any bank statements from the multiple banks used by the property manager, Nancy Thompson. Homeowners and former Sunchase board members have also questioned thousands of dollars in bonus money given to Thompson.
On Wednesday, an Austin attorney representing one of the Sunchase homeowners filed a petition in a Travis County Justice of the Peace court asking the judge to force the release of the HOA's financial information.
The issue highlights a question to everyone who pays dues to a Homeowners Association: what can you do to protect yourself?
The answer, from a legal expert on HOA's, starts with getting involved, and knowing your rights.
"If you are a unit owner in a condominium or a homeowner in a subdivision community, you have an absolute right to see the books and records of the association and so if you are questioning it, you ought to go ahead and request to review those," says Austin attorney, Gregory Cagle.
Cagle also says Texas law allows for homeowners to remove board members. Most of the procedures are outline in an HOA's "by-laws" and also in Texas law. Some of the homeowners at Sunchase Condominiums say they are now looking into that option as well.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Freezing drizzle causing dangerous conditions on roadways overnight.