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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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Water to Club West golf course: An off-again, on-again matter (AZ)

Water for Club West’s beleaguered golf course literally became an on-again, off-again situation last week after the Phoenix Water Services Department abruptly turned off the spigot on Tuesday.  Between then and the water being turned on Friday, course owner Wilson

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Condo construction sinks floor, Valley man says (AZ)

If you live in a condo, you’re affected by what your neighbors do.  Smelly food, noise and construction can have a direct effect on your unit.  Greg Simms of Phoenix said, he experienced those effects first-hand when the neighbor beneath

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Local HOA’s runway rules spark conflict (AZ)

The Thunder Park Air Park HOA plan to eliminate a safety zone, which took up part of the runway’s pavement, led to a property owner’s complaint. The complainant said that her private property has become the de facto safety zone.

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Second beleagured golf community goes to court (AZ)

A second Ahwatukee golf community has become embroiled in a lawsuit over conditions of its course, generating a three-way fight involving its owner, the homeowners association, and hundreds of residents.  The Club West HOA in July filed a lawsuit in

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America’s Golf Courses Are Burning

More than 800 golf courses have closed nationwide in the last decade, as operators grapple with declining interest in the sport and a glut of competition. Many of those shuttered courses were built on land proscribed from redevelopment by local

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Is HOA Academy for you? (AZ)

The relationship between homeowners and their Homeowners Association board isn’t always a happy one.  So, cities across the Valley offer HOA classes to help educate homeowners, board members and people considering a move into an HOA about their rights and

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Some neighbors fume as developers eye Phoenix golf courses to build houses (AZ)

“You can’t make someone keep a property a golf course with no other economic use,” he said.  And private covenants, conditions and restrictions can take years to enforce. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge recently ruled those restrictions require the

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Local HOA works to prevent Zika (AZ)

A local community is working to prevent the Zika virus.  The Sabino Springs homeowner’s association sent an email alert to its more than 500 residents. HOA President, Robert Hornack, said the community should be reminded of the dangers of stagnant

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Chandler (AZ) family and HOA come to agreement over approved gate

A Chandler family has struck a deal with their homeowner’s association over a gate that they built and that the HOA approved but was ordered to be removed.  Janelle Smith said on Wednesday the HOA has agreed to pay for

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Is former golf course in Ahwatukee (AZ) making a comeback? Not so much

The golf course passed through three owners. The current owner of the land is a company called True Life Companies. They took on the property after the course had closed down and have no plans of bringing it back.  However,

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Chandler (AZ) family says HOA wants them to remove gate it approved 2 years earlier

A Chandler woman is frustrated with her homeowner’s association, saying they told her the new gate her family built – that the HOA approved – has to be removed.    Read the article…………

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How to connect HOAs and cities

Homeowners associations are key elements of West Valley communities, but the original concept has outgrown its usefulness.  Many cities make HOAs a virtual requirement before approving construction of new residential communities, but they eventually fall victim to their own success.

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Residents kicking up a fuss (AZ)

Wildhorse Estates has CC&Rs (codes, covenants and restrictions) like other subdivisions, but it has apparently never had a homeowners’ association to enforce them. Patel said the county has some HOAs this size, although most are in larger subdivisions. An HOA

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Residents sue HOA to nullify count (AZ)

For the last two annual meetings of the Oasis at Magic Ranch homeowners’ association, D.R. Horton home builders has submitted votes for each of its vacant lots to swing the election, say residents who have filed suit to have those

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Tax hikes are tough sell in cities full of HOAs (AZ)

West Valley cities can have difficulty funding projects when most of its communities are part of homeowners associations (HOAs).  A bond measure being considered in Surprise illustrates those challenges.     Read the article………..

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Scam Squad: Lawyers, HOAs; everyone’s a target (AZ)

We believe that we will not be scammed, that there is always something that will alert us to something fake. It may by the incorrect grammar in the email or the poorly spoken English on the phone call. However, fraudsters

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Turf War: Resident/HOA battle sprouts over use of synthetic grass (AZ)

Byrne has been accused of violating the community’s covenants, conditions and restrictions, commonly referred to in homeowner association parlance as “CC&Rs.”  That’s because Byrne’s lawn is actually synthetic grass. Not that, it should be noted, the same tacky stuff that

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LDS Church request pits homeowners against HOA (AZ)

Some Anthem homeowners aren’t happy. They say their HOA, the Anthem Parkside Community Association, isn’t listening to them, and that what could be allowed to happen would “destroy the flavor of Anthem.”    Read the article………….

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Second community hit by HOA with demands to paint homes (AZ)

A second neighborhood in Southern Arizona is being hit by demands from their homeowner’s association. Residents tell Nine On Your Side that about 300 people living in the Los Arroyos community were told they needed to paint their homes in

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More than 2,000 homeowners in Sahuarita (AZ) being asked to repaint homes

More than half the homeowners of the Rancho Sahuarita community are outraged after they received notices from their homeowners association’s management company, saying they need to either repaint their houses or fix their landscaping.    Read the article………..

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Legislator pushing for more oversight of homeowners associations (AZ)

Since taking office in 2013, state Sen. David Farnsworth has worked each year at the Legislature toward a unique goal: increasing oversight for homeowners associations in Arizona.  Along with other critics of the state’s HOA rules, the Mesa Republican says

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Ducey vetoes bill that would allow developers to levy taxes on homeowners (AZ)

A bill that would have given developers the authority to levy taxes on homeowners was vetoed by Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday.  The governor rejected House Bill 2568, a priority of House Speaker David Gowan, citing concerns the legislation could

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15 people displaced after ‘wind-driven’ fire scorches 2-story condo in Phoenix (AZ)

Fire crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby units. However, firefighters say the condo that was on fire is a total loss.     Read the article……………..

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N4T Investigators: Former HOA accountant sentenced (AZ)

Joshua Bonillas will not go to jail for stealing $45,000 from a homeowners association.  As part of a plea deal the News 4 Tucson Investigators first reported last month when Bonillas pleaded guilty, he agreed today in Pima County Superior

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900 Paradise Valley (AZ) residents paying ‘unjustified’ sewer bills

A collection of Paradise Valley residents — it’s now estimated the issue impacts about 900 Paradise Valley property owners — have cried foul over how the city of Phoenix is assessing their sewer fees.   Read the article………..

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First-alarm fire in Peoria (AZ) leaves 2 people injured, 4 condos damaged

A first-alarm fire at a Peoria condo complex left 2 people injured and 4 units damaged.  Read the article………….

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Ahwatukee (AZ) HOA Battle Over Open Space and Golf Course

The Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee continues to struggle with something that is really a problem for many communities: what happens when a golf course or similar open space closes down? What can and should be done with the land?  

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Tempe and Phoenix (AZ) fire crews work together to battle overnight condo fire

Fire crews from Tempe and Phoenix worked together to gain control of a condo fire that broke out overnight near 48th Street and Broadway and displaced five adults, two children and two dogs.   Read the article………..

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AZ Appeals Court Rules in Favor of HOA

An appeals court in the Grand Canyon State has ruled that home owners associations can redeem a residential property even though it has already been through a foreclosure sale.  Read the article…………

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Valley HOA board claims authority to order residents to paint homes (AZ)

Some unhappy homeowners are taking a stand against their homeowners association.  Dozens of residents from the West Valley’s Rancho El Mirage community attended an HOA board meeting Tuesday night. They wanted to know why the HOA is requiring more than

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Workshops help unlock puzzle of homeowner association rules, regs

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, chances are the Phoenix Suns fan next door won’t be painting his house purple with orange trim any time soon. But how much power does the HOA board really have

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Phoenix (AZ) Looks To Help HOA’s Save Water

Phoenix recently rolled out a new program aimed at helping homeowners’ associations get a handle on how much water they’re using in common areas and to help them use less.   Listen to the audio……….

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Water rates: Increase could kill STV golf club (AZ)

A water bill set to soar five times over the current amount could force The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch out of business, operators say, causing concern among neighboring homeowners.     Read the article…………

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GV HOA (AZ) takes overgrown wash issue into its own hands

One Green Valley neighborhood is learning that if you want something done – and done right – sometimes you have to go out and do it yourself.   Read the article……….

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Is your home at risk for takeover? State law allows for condos to be forcibly taken (AZ)

It’s happening again. People who paid their mortgages and are not in foreclosure, being forced out of their homes.  We first told you about this weird law, when a man bought a condo near 35th Avenue and Camelback only to

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N4T Investigators: Former HOA accountant pleads guilty

A former bookkeeper for a homeowners association pleaded guilty today to using the HOA’s money as his personal piggy bank.  The plea deal was announced in Pima County Superior Court. Former HOA accountant Joshua Bonillas changed his plea from not

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West Valley (AZ) homeowner claims HOA has ‘gone wild’

Vision Community Management CEO Darin Fisher explained that in no way are they trying to create any hardships on residents. He also said newsletters have been going out for more than a year about plans to have residents repaint their

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Former bookkeeper mulling plea deal (AZ)

A former bookkeeper charged with stealing more than $100,000 from a Mohave Valley association was back in court Tuesday.  Julie Ann Cutting, 63, is charged with one count of theft and 16 counts of forgery. She allegedly forged checks totaling

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2016 Arizona Legislative Update: February 22, 2016

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for 40 days and 1,200 bill have been introduced. However, there have been no community association bills passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by the Governor yet.     Read

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‘Can my HOA really do that?’

Whether you love them or hate them, HOAs are common place in the Virgin Valley. Estimates are that one-third of the homes in Nevada are located in HOAs.   Read the article…………..

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Homeowners Protest Neighborhood Hunting (AZ)

A Pine homeowners’ association says Game and Fish should change the way hunters act within their community before someone gets hurt.  Several residents and members of the Portal III HOA board have sent letters to the Arizona Game and Fish

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