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Sometimes it can seem like your HOA has ridiculous rules. For example, rules about the placement of trash cans and how long they can be out at the curb can seem insignificant comparatively to other seemingly more pressing issues. They may also have rules about the kind of trash bins you can have.

We've seen an influx of trash bins at the roadside for extended periods of times. The HOA feels that an awareness campaign is a great idea to inform residents of the requirements of trash bins and to wipe the slate clean of violation letters unless repetitive infractions occur.

Why, however, is this initiative enforced in every HOA?

Many don’t understand why their documents restrict the location or time in which their receptacle can be out for pick-up. The most common language we see in our documents usually states that the receptacles “cannot be in public view”.

Believe it or not, there are several good reasons for having these kinds of restrictions.  Below are the reasons that developers and lawyers involved in the initial community setup include trash and recycle bin restrictions.

Trash and recycle cans are not the most attractive things in the world.  They are big, bulky, and usually an unattractive color, like bright green or mud brown. We want to achieve a clean, attractive look to our homes and this means trash bins should be put up at least by the next morning after trash day.

We all loves cats and dogs. However, no one enjoys when the neighbor’s pets and other wild animals make a mess when rummaging for food in the trash.  This can make for some unpleasant encounters with possibly a mother raccoon trying to gather food for babies, or a skunk trying to finish off their chicken wings from last week.  Not to mention, that the homeowner will ultimately have to clean up the overturned trash that has blown all over their yard.
Thieves have been known to rummage through the trash of homeowners searching for anything they can use to their advantage. They are typically looking for credit card offers, bank statements, social security information, and anything they can use to gain access to your personal credit.  Many people would like to think they don’t just throw this kind of information away, but you’d be surprised how careless people can be at times.
We ask that you remove all basketball goals from the road side as well when they are not in use to ensure no accidents happen and the road side remains free and clear from obstructions.
Thank you for doing your part and ensuring the beautification of our subdivision and setting the expectation for all those who will come into our neighborhood!
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Laurel Oaks HOA
P.O. Box 672567
Houston TX 77267

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