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Attorney draws throng to Chandler’s HOA Summit (AZ)

Summit conferences typically draw international leaders to discuss serious policy matters, but Tumbleweed Recreation Center in Chandler was the scene of a similarly weighty confab that examined critical issues of a different sort, but on an admittedly smaller scale.  The

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Save Club West continues effort to raise $4 million for golf course purchase (AZ)

Save Club West is a third of its way toward rounding up enough homeowners to invest in purchasing the community’s golf course.  But Jim Lindstrom, the group’s leader, has one eye on the calendar as he continues to see if

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Unapproved HOA paint color leads to 2 year fight, thousands of dollars spent (AZ)

Do you think your HOA is picking on you? Well, you’re not alone.  Paulla thinks so too. The Phoenix woman’s home is under Kingswood HOA and her battle began two years ago stemming from a paint issue.  Her HOA approved

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What homeowners need to know about having an HOA (AZ)

Perhaps because ours is a young state with lots of new planned developments and condominium projects, Arizona has 8,800 homeowners associations.  It’s possible you already live in an HOA or maybe you’re thinking about moving to a home with an

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Oasis residents settle suit against their HOA (AZ)

Some Oasis at Magic Ranch residents who sued their homeowners’ association last year have settled their case, and one plaintiff said he’s optimistic for better things ahead for the community.  Residents complained that at the association’s last two annual meetings,

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Senate Bill 1400 to raise foreclosure threshold for homeowner associations (AZ)

If you live in Arizona and are part of a homeowner association, your home can be taken away even if you make every mortgage payment on time.  Arizona Revised Statute 33.1256 allows an HOA to put a lien on your

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Peoria’s annual HOA Academy Feb. 18 (AZ)

The City of Peoria’s annual Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Academy is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18. The program is designed to educate HOA board members, management teams and interested homeowners about maintaining homeowners associations.   Read the article……………

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s arrested a Fountain Hills woman for allegedly misusing funds from the HOA that she served as treasurer

The arrest was made Jan. 12, following a lengthy investigation. The woman is accused of using a bank debit card on the HOA account for her personal use. She also allegedly falsified financial reports in an effort to hide the

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Homeowner group asks for new Island Park hours (AZ)

The Malibu Home Owners Association is asking city officials to close Island Park at 6 p.m.  A letter submitted by the HOA to the city last month stated its intent to install entrance gates on Malibu Drive, which leads to

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Glendale offers free training for existing homeowners’ associations

The City of Glendale will offer another informative Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Academy this spring. Glendale residents and HOA community leaders will get answers from specialists in the field regarding local, state and federal laws and HOA procedural best practices.  

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Glendale offers HOA Academy sessions in February

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

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3 HOA boards join fray over Ahwatukee Farms, open space (AZ)

The fight over whether Ahwatukee Farms threatens Ahwatukee’s open space intensified last week as representatives of three homeowners association boards condemned the plan and the developer said it “subscribes to their vision” for the community.  “We oppose the current development

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Let Joe Know: Neighbors say HOA is violating their voting rules (AZ)

A group of neighbors say their HOA board is violating rules set to allow them the right to vote for changes  Watch the video report………..

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Former HOA board member says community vote ‘not feasible’ (AZ)

The fight over pieces of valuable land in Laveen has had neighbors in the Cottonfields Community at odds with one another for years.  The community shares land and rules with the Southern Ridge Golf Course. In 2011, the HOA board

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Large Gilbert condo fire declared arson, person of interest sought (AZ)

Authorities have determined that a fire that ripped through a Gilbert condominium complex was “incendiary,” or intentionally set, and a $30,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.  The arson determination was

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HOA backs down over free library (AZ)

The new year brought the start of a new chapter for a neighborhood Little Free Library.  “Good news, we get to keep it,” said Ashlee Jacobs, the neighborhood’s Little Free Library steward.  The future of the chartered library was uncertain

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HOA takes away basketball hoop approval three years later, Peoria family says (AZ)

A driveway basketball hoop is like a right of passage for a lot of kids, but for Kiven Head’s daughter, it’s a necessity.  “We wanted to have something that she could practice on on a daily basis,” he says.  For

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Oro Valley homeowners lose thousands of dollars in condo rental scheme (AZ)

She was a person that 30 condo owners trusted to rent out their condo as a vacation rental.  For a while things were good and the homeowners received their money, then something changed with Brenda Sue Cann.  Oro Valley Police

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Mesa vet goes on ‘flag patrol’ to protect American flags in his neighborhood (AZ)

Carlyle Brown goes out on patrol in his Mesa neighborhood every chance he gets, looking for American flags that have seen better days.  “When you see the flags out here flying, you can see they are ripped, slashes on them,

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Goodyear HOA Bans Property Owner Or Renter That Is A Level II, III Sex Offender (AZ)

Last year, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill allowing homeowners’ associations to regulate Level II and III sex offenders living in their community. A Goodyear HOA voted this month to ban those sex offenders from living there.  The Palm Valley

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Friction, water issue loom over Club West golf course purchase plan (AZ)

Club West homeowners will learn next week the details of a plan to buy and operate their beleaguered golf course.  Save Club West will lay out the plan at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Dec. 14 at Mountain View Community Church,

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Palm Valley Phase I residents vote to ban some sex offenders (AZ)

Level II and III sex offenders are being banished from one Goodyear community after residents voted Dec. 2 to keep them out.  Residents voted 185 to 32 in favor of an amendment to Palm Valley Phase I’s declaration of covenants,

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Living next to a ‘tumbleweed farm’ owned by Phoenix (AZ)

Charisse Walls, president of the Country Place HOA, talks about the frustration in her neighborhood about a vacant lot that she says the city of Phoenix has ignored for years that is not only ugly, but potentially dangerous.   View the

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Attorney raises possible legal issues over HOA’s plan to ban sex offenders (AZ)

The last thing Valley homeowners want is a convicted sex offender living in their neighborhood.   But what can they do about it?  A Goodyear homeowners association wants to prevent level 2 and level 3 sex offenders from buying or

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Access issues to the WAPA Trail continue (AZ)

Even in the years before Honey Bee Ridge Estates decided to install a gate at the northern end of Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Trail 180 and prevent access to Arizona State Trust Land to the north on Oct. 1,

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HOA in Goodyear voting on sex offender ban (AZ)

Homeowners in the Goodyear community of Palm Valley will soon vote on a proposal to prohibit certain sex offenders from living in their neighborhood.  The Palm Valley Community Association is asking residents to vote on an amendment to the declaration

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Neighbors oppose demand to remove library (AZ)

Neighbors hope a homeowners association demand to remove a recently installed Little Free Library will have a happy ending.  “We live in a small rural area,” said neighbor Candy Rucker. “We don’t have a lot of good things happening ‘just

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Lakewood HOA board drops out of court fight against South Mountain Freeway (AZ)

The Lakewood Homeowners Association board has decided to withdraw as a plaintiff in the lawsuit aiming to stop construction of the South Mountain Freeway.  In an email to residents late last month, the board said that although a survey showed

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Two Sides to Every Story: Sorting Through HOA Disputes (AZ)

From the trivial to the controversial, disputes between homeowners and their HOAs rile up tempers like few other topics in Arizona, whether the argument is about property upkeep, paint color or where homeowners can park their cars.  In Laveen, there

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Minimum wage debate: Will Prop 206 lead to higher HOA dues? (AZ)

The debate over raising the minimum wage in Arizona is heating up.  Supporters argue that passing Proposition 206 will help struggling families by raising the minimum wage in the state from $8.05 an hour to $12 an hour by the

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Band of citizens call into question HOA management group banking practices (AZ)

A group of Scottsdale residents are spearheading an effort to evoke legislative change meant to corral the powers of management companies hired by local homeowners associations statewide.  A group of Arizona citizens are gathering at the capitol every month trying

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Large Gilbert condo fire declared arson, person of interest sought

Authorities have determined that a fire that ripped through a Gilbert condominium complex was “incendiary,” or intentionally set, and a $30,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.  The arson determination was

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ADOT agreement could provide water security for Ahwatukee golf courses (AZ)

The Arizona Department of Transportation and three homeowners associations have reached an agreement that could provide added security for the future of Ahwatukee’s three remaining golf courses: An infrastructure for cheap water. The agreement eliminates the problem that the South Mountain

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Gilbert condo fire investigated as arson; $30K reward (AZ)

Gilbert officials believe the massive fire that engulfed a partially-built condo complex last Saturday was intentionally set and are offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the arson, according to a statement released Thursday.

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Condo residents in Gilbert allowed back home after nearby 4-alarm fire

Gilbert fire crews spent Sunday assessing the damage in the daylight. This comes after a massive four-alarm fire ripped through a portion of a condominium complex under construction late Saturday night.  Residents say, five other buildings in the Via Sorento

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City, not golf course owner, started water problem, Club West leader says (AZ)

Golf-course owner Wilson Gee is forced to use potable city water to irrigate the course because he has no other source of water, such as reclaimed water, which generally costs a fraction of drinking water.  Gee says that he can’t

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Christmas decorations spark HOA battle in Avondale (AZ)

In an Avondale neighborhood, there is one man who takes Christmas decorating to the next level and it’s not sitting well with his HOA.  For the past 8 years, Ralph Turkenopf has created an epic Christmas display on his front

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Family, HOA find resolution over property damage (AZ)

John and Susan Lorka say that while they were caring for their sick son, their Home Owner Association stacked up sandbags in front of their home. Soon after the Lorka’s property flooded, the HOA refused to pay until News 4

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Honeybee Canyon trail access taken to court (AZ)

The decision to shut down access to the popular Honey Bee trail system in Oro Valley was in court Friday.  In a last ditch effort, a member of the mountain bike community took the Honey Bee Ridge Estates HOA to

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Residents donate to stay firewise (MA)

Times have changed but the risks haven’t, and scientific research shows the best defense against wildfires still starts at home, across individual backyards and property lines. And the citizens of Pinetop Community Association (PCA) are leading that charge for the

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Local HOAs consider paying for their own road repairs

Two Green Valley HOAs have expressed interest in learning more about retaining their property values by fixing deteriorating county roads in their neighborhoods using their own money.  They’re the first to indicate to the Green Valley Council that they may

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Is HOA making up violations and fees?

Like walking on eggshells. That’s how some residents describe living at the Mesa Terrace Condominiums. They blame their HOA.  Arlene Willis has lived there for years. She complains of getting parking fines and towing costs. Arlene says many of the

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Oro Valley HOA votes to close access to popular Honeybee Trail (AZ)

An Oro Valley neighborhood home owner’s association decided to close access to a popular trail on Oct. 1.  The decision comes after residents complained of noise, trash and night use of the trails. Hundreds of people showed up to an

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Can your HOA block you from using the pool if you say something they don’t like? (AZ)

One local homeowner’s association is using a unique approach to ensure residents toe the line: a “block list.”  Those who end up on it lose access to the area’s pool, clubhouse, laundry room or the community wifi internet.  With such

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HOA mishap fines Gilbert woman nearly 2K (AZ)

Kristi discovered the property management company that represents her HOA handed over all duties to another property management company called First Service Residential. But Kristi says she was unaware of the change.  “Not one email, not any phone call, not

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Tips to take on your HOA head on

Think your HOA is going overboard? There may be something you can do to right the ship.  Start by attending the HOA meetings regularly. That’s where the decisions about your neighborhood are made. Know when meetings are held and how

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Club West group shuns litigation, decides to look for water or buy golf course (AZ)

A group of Club West Golf Club homeowners will focus on buying their beleaguered golf course or finding a permanent source of cheaper water rather than pursue a court fight.  Jim Lindstrom, a leader of Save Club West, said that

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N4T Investigators: HOA Damage (AZ)

Video report on homeowners claim of water damage from HOA-placed sandbags.     View the news report……………

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Sun City Grand board stops surveillance camera study (AZ)

Sun City Grand will not pursue surveillance cameras at its four exits following a decision by the community association board at its Aug. 11 meeting.  This was the second hearing on the proposal put together by community association staff and

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Golf course owner countersues Club West HOA (AZ)

Golf course owner Wilson Gee has fired back at the Club West Home Owners Association, accusing it of conspiring with the city to put him out of business and refusing to help defray his “exorbitant water costs” so it can

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