Let me first say that you can NEVER stop learning, however I think that I am close to mastery on this topic. I have been researching Municipal Utility Districts for over two years now in order to get a clear understanding of The Texas water Code as it relates specifically to selling a One to Four Family Residential home in Texas. I am writing this to bring sellers, buyers and real estate agents up to speed on my latest findings. This is not an all-inclusive article. In other words you will have to have a basic knowledge of how Municipal Utility Districts work in Texas in order for a lot of this to make sense. If you are a buyer or seller you can reach out to me directly. If you are a Texas real estate salesperson or broker I would direct you to my website www.Livingtherealestate.com so that you can access my calendar and see when I am teaching the M.U.D. topic next.
Here is the revelation for this article both the why and where. Remember this is not all inclusive information. Harris County is an extremely large county and if you are practicing real estate in the Houston area you will more than likely be working in Harris County at some point in time. Harris County has two Municipal Water Districts that you need to be aware of—1) Harris County Flood Control District 2) Port of Houston Authority. Both of these encompass all of Harris County. This is the why, why you do NOT need to present the statutory notice. Now for the where….Where did I get this information? I am glad you asked, according to the Texas Water Code SUBCHAPTER M, Section 49.452. “…and which districts includes less than all the territory in at least one county…” This is a really long sentence so I am only referencing the part for this article. The key word is less, “less than all the territory in at least one county.” So you do not have to provide a statutory notice for the Harris County Flood Control District or Port of Houston Authority because they encompass the ENTIRE COUNTY. Yes it is that simple, you now have the why and the where.
This brings me to my next point. The website https://www.tceq.texas.gov/ has a map viewer with filters that show ALL of the Municipal Utility Districts for a specific property. Yes you can have more than one M.U.D. for a property. Using the TCEQ map viewer you can type in a property address and it will show you each boundary that the home is located in, so you can clearly see that the Port of Houston Authority covers all of Harris County and therefore you would not be required to present a statutory notice.
That’s it short and sweet, I didn’t want to overwhelm you with information. I hope you found this useful in your journey to….
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