Homeowners associations in Oklahoma must abide by the many laws that govern them. But, what are these Oklahoma HOA laws anyway? Find out below.
The Oklahoma Real Estate Development Act regulates the creation, operation, management, and authority of residential homeowners associations formed after June 5, 1975, in the state. The statute, though, often refers to such HOAs as “owner’s associations.”
You can find the Oklahoma Real Estate Development Act under Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes. It consists of 8 sections, namely:
The Oklahoma Unit Ownership Estate Act governs the establishment, operation, authority, and management of condominium associations in the state. It covers the use of common elements, the necessary contents of COA bylaws, insurance requirements, and special assessments.
You can find this Act under Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes. It consists of several sections, listed below.
The Oklahoma General Corporation Act governs homeowners associations that form as non-profit corporations, which is usually the case in the state. You can find this Act under Title 18, Chapter 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes. It consists of 16 sections. Though, it is worth noting that Chapters 14 and 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes also contain provisions that apply to non-profit corporations.
There are also Oklahoma HOA laws concerning Fair Housing. Sections 25-1451 through 25-1508 of the Oklahoma Statutes cover the Oklahoma Fair Housing Law. Under this Law, associations may not discriminate against anyone based on their color, race, national origin, disability, familial status, age, gender, or religion. It offers similar protections as the federal Fair Housing Act.
Housing discrimination victims can lodge a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office within a year from when the discriminatory act took place. On the other hand, victims may also file a private lawsuit in the federal district court within 2 years of the discriminatory act.
The federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act offers protection from dues collection acts and foreclosures to members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard while they are active. The HOA laws of Oklahoma expand these protections to the Oklahoma National Guard. Under Title 44, Section 208.1 of the Oklahoma Statutes, members of the Oklahoma National Guard are protected from foreclosures and collection acts while on active duty.