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Homeowners battle vs the HOA

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A Spring man is in a battle with his homeowner's association after he's told to take his decorative cross out of the front yard.

Chris Bumann says he's received a notice from the Covington Bridge Community Association warning him to remove the all religious statues from his front yard.

That letter says Bumann is violating the state's property code by displaying religious symbols in the Spring subdivision.

Bumann says he feels like he's being bullied by the HOA because a few months back they complained about an American flag displayed on his house without a pole.

The property owner says he should have a right to keep his cross in his garden under the constitution.

Fox 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico says it would likely take a legal challenged in court to have the property code changed.

In the meantime, the homeowner's association did not return our call for a comment on the situation.

HB 1278:

Section 202.018 to read as follows:

Sec. 202.018. REGULATION OF DISPLAY OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS ITEMS.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, a property owners' association may not enforce or adopt a restrictive covenant that prohibits a property owner or resident from displaying or affixing on the entry to the owner's or resident's dwelling one or more religious items the display of which is motivated by the owner's or resident's sincere religious belief. (b) This section does not prohibit the enforcement or adoption of a covenant that, to the extent allowed by the constitution of this state and the United States, prohibits the display or affixing of a religious item on the entry to the owner's or resident's dwelling that: (1) threatens the public health or safety; (2) violates a law; (3) contains language, graphics, or any display that is patently offensive to a passerby; (4) is in a location other than the entry door or door frame or extends past the outer edge of the door frame of the owner's or resident's dwelling; or (5) individually or in combination with each other religious item displayed or affixed on the entry door or door frame has a total size of greater than 25 square inches. (c) Except as otherwise provided by this section, this section does not authorize an owner or resident to use a material or color for an entry door or door frame of the owner's or resident's dwelling or make an alteration to the entry door or door frame that is not authorized by the restrictive covenants governing the dwelling. (d) A property owners' association may remove an item displayed in violation of a restrictive covenant permitted by this section.

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