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Phoenix Landmark condo owners fight $15,000-plus HOA assessments — and win (AZ)

The bill arrived unexpectedly by email in May. It was from her Landmark Towers condominium homeowners association.  The midtown Phoenix tower’s air-conditioning needed a major fix, and her share to pay for it was $18,000.  Francine Hardaway said she “freaked

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Scottsdale HOA takes down ‘Welcome Home’ sign for U.S. Marine (AZ)

Angelo Manuele still has the signs that went up on a couple of lamp posts, down the block from his house in north Scottsdale.  “It wasn’t like we were trying to put up garage sale signs,” said Manuele.  Manuele’s son

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Condo owner questions appraisal after law allows home to be taken (AZ)

We’ve been following the stories of Phoenix condo owners who are the latest to fall victim to a bizarre state law.  In June. Courtney Hoogervorst and her neighbors in Solstice Arcadia Condominiums, near 54th Street and Thomas Road, were informed

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Santa Monica attorney to be reproved for unauthorized practice of law in Arizona

Santa Monica attorney Cynthia Ann Futter has been recommended for private reproval with public disclosure by the California State Bar following her 2015 discipline before the Arizona State Bar for unauthorized practice of law in that state, according to a

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County road taxes complicate improvement district efforts (AZ)

Even with the new road property tax, it could be many years before some crumbling neighborhood streets see any repairs.  That is, unless, neighbors band together and form what is known as an improvement district. Those special taxing districts allow

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Five must-knows if an HOA sends you a notice to re-paint your home (AZ)

Each year in the Valley of the Sun, it’s an occurrence that catches hundreds (if not more) of homeowners off-guard: an HOA letter that states it’s time to re-paint the exterior of your home. So, what should you do when

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True Life drops Farms, offers golf course (AZ)

The True Life Companies last week told a state Superior Court judge that the company will build a small golf course – if it is allowed to build homes on the 101-acre site of the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course. 

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Former HOA treasurer indicted on theft, fraud charges (AZ)

A former HOA treasurer was arraigned Tuesday after being indicted on 16 counts of fraud, theft, forgery and computer tampering.  Wendell Odean Byram, 80, is accused of stealing more than $204,000 from the Canoa Seca Estates II homeowners association from

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Investors buy Club West Golf Course (AZ)

” It is not clear how the purchase will affect the lawsuit by our HOA against the course. Since the HOA recorded a Lis Pendens (a formal notice of the lawsuit) last year, the buyers’ title to the land is

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Citizens seek assistance for west side water woes (AZ)

Mayor Ernie Bunch issued a proclamation at the beginning of Monday night’s council meeting proclaiming Oct. 23-31, 2017 as Red Ribbon Week and encouraged citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities all year long to make a visible statement

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Charges accuse couple of stealing nearly $1.3M from HOAs (AZ)

The former head of a Phoenix-area property management company and his wife face federal charges accusing them of stealing nearly $1.3 million from bank accounts of homeowners associations which were clients.  Harlow and Nancy White haven’t yet entered pleas to

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White Mountain communities embrace Firewise (AZ)

In 1997, the term “Firewise” was coined by the National Fire Protection Association in response to catastrophic wildfires like ones that claimed 1,400 homes in the United States.  Firewise means having a defensible space against fire.  But what exactly does

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Valle Vista residents concerned about ballot legality (AZ)

A group of residents is concerned about a Valle Vista Property Owner’s Association ballot that has a Friday due date for absentee voters. The residents contend the ballots are illegal, thus rendering the election illegal.  “Property owners of Valle Vista

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Big water bills fuel meter mystery in Ahwatukee (AZ)

Last month, Phoenix officials celebrated the city Water Services Department’s recognition as a “Utility of the Future Today” – one of 25 utilities across the country cited for “forward-thinking initiatives.”  Don’t tell that to some Ahwatukee customers who have seen

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HOA Assessments Not to Blame for Phoenix Foreclosures

In response to the Arizona Republic’s article, “Illuminating the murky business of Phoenix-area HOA foreclosures,” Community Associations Institute (CAI) respects the paper’s attempt to shed light on the serious problem surrounding Arizona home foreclosures. However, we believe the paper missed

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HOAs face challenges dealing with deadbeat homeowners (AZ)

Stan Tjaden has lived in an East Valley condo complex for more than 20 years, and it still bothers him to hear about someone not paying their HOA dues.  “We all pay taxes to keep the roads up,” said Tjaden.

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Sun City Grand residents fight HOA (AZ)

Ed and Pat Stolarz were among several Sun City Grand residents who received a letter from their homeowners association issuing citations to residents with a driveway “border” or “barrier.” These barriers range in appearance, but typically look like rectangles or

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Neighborhood petitions to pay for road repairs (AZ)

A sprawling Green Valley neighborhood of large lots and crumbling streets is the first to launch plans to strike a deal with the county to go 50-50 on paying for road repairs.   Thirteen property owners on two streets off

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Investors line up to buy bargain homes at Phoenix HOA foreclosure auction (AZ)

Every Thursday, investors crowd into a garage-size room on the second floor of the Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix looking for a deal.  Among these veterans, bidding goes fast for bargain properties placed in foreclosure by homeowners associations, often for

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HOAs foreclosing on hundreds of Phoenix-area homeowners for as little as $1,200 (AZ)

Homeowners associations, the enforcers of neighborhood paint colors, holiday decorations and trash bins, are leading the latest surge in Phoenix-area foreclosures.  HOAs are foreclosing on a record number of homeowners for as little as $1,200 in missed maintenance payments, according

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City provides free training for existing HOAs (AZ)

In an effort to provide ongoing educational opportunities for residents, the city of Glendale will offer another informative Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Academy this fall. The classes are aimed at providing useful tips to existing neighborhood HOA volunteers, residents and board

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Can your HOA issue you a speeding ticket? (AZ)

Sun Lakes is in the East Valley and is known for having active adult communities for retirees like Bernie Van Emden.  “You name it, they got it here,” Van Emden said of all of the amenities in his development.  Van

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Chandler HOA community keeps increasing fees, where is the money going? (AZ)

Residents in one Chandler community want to know where their money is going and they’re voicing their concerns at an HOA board meeting being held Tuesday night at a Chandler library. “The percentage that they’re hiking it, I think it’s

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Flooding drives residents from Glendale apartments (AZ)

Flooding sparked by rain Saturday night and Sunday morning forced dozens of people out of their homes at a Glendale condo complex.  It was about 3 a.m. Sunday when the Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross got a call

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Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf (AZ)

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.  “We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were

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Phoenix Shutting Off Supply of Trucked Water to New River & Desert Hills (AZ)

The City of Phoenix will no longer allow commercial haulers to fill from city hydrants for delivery outside city limits, creating concern among Desert Hills and New River residents who rely on periodic delivery of potable water.  City officials say

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Neighbor still hopes for condo cleanup after body was found (AZ)

A woman is still hoping somebody will clean a neighboring condominium where a body was found.  On June 25 the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was called to check on a 74-year-old man near Orange Grove and Oracle Roads. They found

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Outsmarting the law and keeping your condo

A lot of you are outraged about a law that allows you to be booted from your condo, even if you paid in full. It’s called the “termination of condominium” statute.  Investors can buy up units, become majority owners and

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Timeshare development pitch at Troon North draws ire of neighborhood (AZ)

A collection of north Scottsdale residents are calling into question a development proposal critics say is against the character of the existing neighborhood and behind-the-scene municipal moves on behalf of the developer of the project has some crying foul.  Leading

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N4T: Police finish investigation into Tucson HOA (AZ)

Tucson Police financial crimes detectives have finished their investigation into a local Home Owner’s Association.  Detectives started looking into Cuernavaca Villas’ HOA soon after a News 4 Tucson Investigation.  Residents living in the community told News 4 they feared that

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Benson neighborhood plagued by holes forming in street (AZ)

Residents in the Kartchner Vistas community in Benson says holes forming in the ground have turned their dream homes into nightmares.  Megan Hege said she first began to notice the issue after she moved to the neighborhood around seven years

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Phoenix woman forced from condo after complex sold to investor (AZ)

“So, this is my first home. It’s all paid off, no mortgage. So, I put a lot of love into it and a lot of time and love into it,” said Hoogervorst.  Imagine her surprise when she got a letter

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Maricopa HOA lawsuit dismissed in court (AZ)

A Pinal County judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a Maricopa resident against her homeowners association.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year, claiming she was harassed by the HOA board president.

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Woman complains about smell after neighbor’s body removed (AZ)

A woman is complaining about the smell after a body was removed from a neighboring condominium.  On June 25 the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was called to check on a 74-year-old man near Orange Grove and Oracle Roads. A deputy

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Pool crashers popping up around the Valley (AZ)

You’ve heard of “wedding crashers.” But here in the Valley, it’s a different kind of crasher that’s making a splash!  “From time to time, we do get calls from residents in apartment complexes or condos that there are people that

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N4T Investigators: Tucson police investigating HOA

After a News 4 Tucson investigation into potentially missing money, Tucson police are now looking into a local Home Owners Association.  Since it’s an open case Tucson police can’t say much about their investigation, but officials with the financial crimes

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Police: Scottsdale management co. employee stole $200K from 8 HOA’s

A Glendale couple was arrested after they allegedly stole about $200,000 from eight Homeowners’ Associations across the Valley.  Scottsdale police report that in December of 2016 the chief executive officer of ‘The Management Trust’ was alerted by an HOA president

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Some residents in San Tan Valley neighborhood upset over grass replacement at local park (AZ)

Green grass being replaced with rocks: sounds like a small change, but it is a change at one neighborhood park in the Valley that has some people upset.  According to the Homeowners Association that manages Sandwich Park, the grass replacement

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HOA’s can fine residents for traffic violations (AZ)

Did you know your homeowners association can fine you for traffic violations?  One couple found out the hard way.     Watch the video news report………

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N4T Investigators: Residents fight HOA over possible missing money (AZ)

Residents of the Cuernavaca Villas housing community say they want to know what happened to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of HOA dues.  Sources say the money was managed by their former HOA president.  However, when residents asked

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Maricopa HOA Facebook feud goes to court (AZ)

A defamation lawsuit that accuses a homeowners association in Maricopa of slander and vandalism is being litigated in Superior Court.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year after she claims to have been harassed

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Did Gov. Ducey flip-flop on Arizona HOA regulations?

In late March, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill regulating homeowner associations. He said the state shouldn’t get involved in how HOAs vote.  But a month later, he signed another bill that regulates HOA meetings.  Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix, sponsor

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MAKING SENSE OF CC&RS: Workshops will continue quarterly (AZ)

The Sun City Home Owners Association Board of Directors heard a recommendation during its April 25 meeting to conduct its CC&R workshops on a quarterly basis beginning in the fall. They had been offered quarterly. But with each session drawing

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PCSD: HOA treasurer admits to stealing $180,000 (AZ)

The treasurer for Canoa Seca Estates II walked into the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon and told deputies he was guilty of stealing $180,000 from the homeowners association, according to a PCSD spokesman.

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HOA cites homeowners for hanging rainbow flag to celebrate diversity (AZ)

When Haycraft hung an American flag and a rainbow flag, which honors gay and transgender communities, inside a garage window to celebrate diversity.  The homeowner’s association sent him a letter five weeks later demanding Haycraft remove “unsightly items” from public

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HOA boards can create more than enough problems for residents (AZ)

Mary Jean Lindgren said she never had a problem with her neighborhood homeowners association when she lived in the 4200 block of E. Brookwood Court in Ahwatukee for 10 years.  But when her neighbor across the backyard became president of

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Arizona Supreme Court declines to hear Refuge Golf and Country Club dispute (AZ)

On Tuesday, the court declined a petition submitted on behalf of Refuge Country Club owners Jerry and Cindy Aldridge requesting the court reverse previous rulings that, among other decisions, blocked plans for an RV park on the property. The possible

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HOA breathes life into dying tennis courts (AZ)

When a combination of environment and age give an HOA both a failing and failed tennis court, there is only one option.  Well, technically there are three — but only one that completely solves the problem.  That’s why the Villages

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Leaders of move to buy Club West golf course abandon their effort (AZ)

Save Club West has thrown in the towel.  Blaming apathy among Club West’s 2,550 households, the group’s leader told supporters in an email on Monday, March 6, that it has abandoned its effort to find homeowners who would invest between

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Homeowners banned from The Refuge Country Club (AZ)

Some Refuge Property Owner Association members may have to hit the links elsewhere after they were recently banned from the Refuge Golf and Country Club.  The announcement is the most recent fallout from the Refuge POA’s seven-year legal battle with

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