It is your right as a resident to live in a community free from nuisance and inconsiderate behavior. Never feel uncomfortable about bringing your friends and family to your home, because you are in fear of what they may experience by these offending individuals. Never feel you have to accept this behavior; you have more power than you realize.
When a dispute or a nuisance manifest, the role of the Association’s is a supportive role. The Association is not obligated by our Governing Documents to take a mediation role between two Members or fund legal action. The individual Member is empowered by the current laws to find meaningful resolution.
The following consist of helpful information we have obtained from various resources and experiences. The Association and its Members are not licensed Attorneys, this information, in no way, should be perceived as a consultation as to how you as a Member should proceed in order to gain resolution.
A note before you continue…
It is your right as a resident to live in a community free from nuisance and inconsiderate behavior.
We encourage you to empower yourself and use the following methods and services to gain meaningful resolution to your issue.
If you have a complaint with your neighbor, we ask that you address your concerns one–on–one in order to facilitate a resolution peacefully. If you feel this has failed, you may consider the following process.
We have met with law enforcement and the Harris County District Attorney’s office to understand what is needed by the Membership to prepare for a civil lawsuit should the incidents escalate without resolution.
Your most powerful tool is documentation. When you document you are recommended to so with significant detail by providing date, time, and a detailed documentary of the incident. Document as soon as possible. The more time that elapses the more you will forget and the defendant’s attorney will use this against you.
You can keep a personal log or you can report to the Association at Support@MontrosePlaceTownhomes.com, which provides a digital signature of the reported incident. We will maintain an archive of these incidents and recommend action to assist you in your efforts. Your formal complaints will remain anonymous unless subpoenaed by a judge for testimony in a case should the incident escalate. Photos and videos are also powerful tools even if the are not allowed as evidence by a judge.
As mentioned before, the role of the Association is a supportive role. The Association has a number of tools to help mitigate nuisance and inconsiderate behavior. If the incident or complaint is related to deed violations that pertain to our property then the Membership will take action. The Association will not act on reported incidents that are not documented formally and sent to Support@MontrosePlaceTownhomes.com.
Houston Law Enforcement
If the incident warrants the need for law enforcement, do not hesitate to call. Be mindful that a police report is not performed unless a crime has occurred. You can create your own online police report. This link will navigate you to the City’s website where you will find more information.
Harris County Dispute Resolution Center (DRS)
Harris County offers a Dispute Resolution Center for resolving incident’s between citizens. This is documented and highly regarded by a civil judge should the offending party not follow the direction of the DRS. There is a tabbed section in this document with more information to your left.
Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
It is your right as a citizen of Harris County to ensure that you live in a community free of nuisance and inconsiderate behavior. It is also your right to ensure the Membership contract (Master Deed) you bought into when purchasing your home is administered in good faith with evidence of due diligence.
We encourage you to empower yourself and use the following service to gain meaningful resolution to your issue.
With this said, Harris County offers a Dispute Resolution Center (DRC). The DRC is sponsored by the Houston Bar Association and funded through Harris County. This service provides a free alternative dispute resolution services for resident of Harris County, Texas. The DRC mediates disputes that include, but not limited to, landlord and tenant, consumer and merchant, auto repair, family, neighbor, homeowner’s associations, employment, and various other issues.
For more information, please visit their website or call their office during regular business hours. The website is http://www.DRCHouston.org. Or you can contact their office Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM by calling (713) 755-8274 or by faxing your request to (713) 755-88885.