Community Covenants

Every property within Whispering Oaks is required by law to adhere to Community Covenants which are restrictions attached to each property's deed. These neighborhood-specific rules were established by our community's original developers circa 1968 and are automatically included in every purchase or transfer of property in Whispering Oaks. No property is exempt from these restrictions.

Covenants are intended to safeguard Whispering Oaks property values, maintain neighborhood integrity and reduce conflict among residents. They are supplemental to CoSA Municipal Code and related Ordinances, and typically take precedent. The Covenants help mitigate common hot-button issues such as:

 

  • new construction or alterations to existing structures

  • fencing and sheds

  • yard debris and property upkeep

  • yard signage (see box regarding political signs)

  • outdoor pets

  • vehicle or trailer parking in driveways and yards

  • nuisances threatening neighborhood quality of life

Some residents mistakenly assume that declining WOHA membership releases them from these rules. However, all residents are legally bound to the Covenants, regardless of WOHA membership status. Additionally, property owners whose renters or guests violate the Covenants can be held liable for the consequences.

 

The Covenants provide all property owners the right to demand nearby properies comply with the rules and pursue legal action those who refuse. WOHA encourages property owners to resolved differences directly, however WOHA members may ask the organization to take action on their behalf. These requests are considered by the board on a case-by-case basis and may require a written agreement as well as reimbursement for expenses incurred.

 

If WOHA is made aware of a violation, the property owner typically receives a courtesy notice requesting adherence on behalf of the community. Failing to correct a violation in a timely manner may result in legal proceedings and financial liability for the associated costs. To be clear, because WOHA does not own land, it can only demand compliance with the Covenants if legally empowered by a property owner to do so.

Please note, the community's original developers sold lots and homes over a period of several years and registered them with CoSA in groupings known as 'Units'. As a result, Whispering Oaks has over a dozen Units and the Covenants registered with each vary slightly. Click the box to view one example. Refer to your property's deed for Covenants that apply to your property's Unit.

Residents may also report possible City Code violations to WOHA. However, WOHA generally defers to CoSA for enforcement of its ordinances which are far more encompassing than the Covenants. Learn more on our Violations page.

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WOHA Covenants for Units 1-2 (others vary only slightly)

Although the Covenants prohibit most types of yard signage, recent changes to state law surrounding political signs take precedent. Properties are now allowed the minimums specified under Texas Election Code Title 15, Chapter 259, including:

  • Limit of one sign per candidate or specific ballot initiative. Other types of statements are not allowed.

  • Signs may be posted up to 90 days prior to election day and must be removed within 10 days following.

  • Signs must be ground mounted and no larger than 4x6 ft. Banners containing political wording that are attached to buildings, trees or vehicles are not allowed.

  • Signs may not be enhanced which could cause motorists to become distracted.

  • Content must not be offensive to an ordinary person.

Please be advised, state law allows the community to force immediate removal of politically-oriented signs that exceed the minimum standards allowed.

Political Sign Exceptions