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HOA clarifies rules, evictions will not occur (ID)

People renting from property management companies in the Driggs neighborhood of Buffalo Junction can breathe easy, thanks to a clarification made by the president of the HOA.  Property management companies such as Grand Valley Lodging were concerned when Buffalo Junction

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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Homeowners call HOA fines and penalties excessive

Owning a home is supposed to equal freedom and security, but many of the more than two million homeowners living in community associations in Washington complain they’ve lost both of those values at the hands of their association boards. KING5

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DEQ awards $980,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Teton Reserve Homeowners’ Association (ID)

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Thursday announced the award of a $980,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the Teton Reserve Homeowners’ Association in Teton County.  The funding will be used to install two wells and associated

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Tamarack homeowners’ association takes over resort operation (ID)

After months of uncertainty over whether the popular ski resort near Donnelly would by parceled up and sold to the highest bidder, management said Thursday the future of Tamarack is secure.  The Tamarack Municipal Association, made up of a group

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Idaho HOA threatens to sue family over fence

It’s a battle over a fence that has gone on for months.  Bekah and Eric Graves and their son Wyatt live in the Shalimar Terrace subdivision in Nampa, Idaho. The couple wanted to build a fence to protect their dogs

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Valley County to auction Tamarack properties (ID)

The resort says the homeowners association is in the process of taking over operations once again.  “The owner’s association is working with the county right now to ensure that we’ve got all the right assets to get this resort open

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Idaho Falls homeowners association partners with city to build neighborhood park – East Idaho News

It started with a vision six years ago, and this summer it became a reality. Thanks to a partnership with the St. Clair Homeowners Association, City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department and neighborhood volunteers, children in the St.

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Sherman letter: HOAs (ID)

Regarding HOAs from hell, some very big points. HOAs are comprised of every homeowner in a community, not mysterious evil overlords; presumably Judy Thomas, of The Kansas City Star, means the board of directors. Boards of directors are elected at

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High court to hear Bonner County case (ID)

First District Judge Barbara Buchanan entered a judgment in favor of the Pend Oreille View Homeowners’ Association which granted it foreclosure of homeowners’ association liens against property owners who are members of the association.  The association filed liens against the

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Why some Idahoans hate their HOAs — and some love them

Idaho is home to more than 2,000 homeowners associations, according to Meridian-based MGM Association Management, a company that manages 80 HOAs in the state.  Associations collect dues from homeowners to pay for shared subdivision properties such as parks and common

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Don’t You Be My Neighbor (ID)

Frost went to his local legislator, Donnelly Republican Rep. Terry Gestrin, and pled his case. Gestrin crafted a bill that would take away HOAs’ abilities to prohibit short-term rentals. It doesn’t affect long-term rental leases.   Read the article…………

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(ID) Senate narrowly backs legislation to keep HOA’s from barring AirBnB or other short-term rentals

Homeowner’s associations in Idaho couldn’t restrict owners from renting their property on a short-term basis for “AirBnB” or other types of short-term rentals unless they already had the restriction when the property owner bought the place, under legislation that passed

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Condos are not houses — questions to ask yourself before trying ‘complex’ living

When you own a house, you are responsible for everything, and everything is on your schedule. You make the rules, you make the repairs and you mow the lawn. You decide when to paint the house or change the filters,

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Valley Club prohibits planting yew (ID)

The Valley Club Owners Association has taken steps toward eliminating poisonous yew plants from properties in the subdivision, but elk dying there remain a regular occurrence.  Read the article………..

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Buffalo Junction (ID) HOA evicts tenants: Property managers seek answers

In late December the Buffalo Junction HOA board informed Wheeler and his roommate that they did not fit the required “single family” description for renting a unit in the neighborhood.  “Long-term leases/rentals are restricted to a single family and a

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Driggs (ID) renters threatened with eviction

A Driggs resident’s lease isn’t up until this coming July, but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood homeowner association (HOA) isn’t trying to kick him out of his condo.  Bill Smith (the tenant’s name has been changed to protect his identity)

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Some neighbors happy Hayden (ID) light display is over

Sunday was the last day for the controversial Christmas Light display in Hayden, Idaho.  Some neighbors said they are thankful it is over.   Read the article………

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City of Eagle (ID) removes barbed wire from fence along Greenbelt path; HOA disputes city officials’ account

An Eagle City Council member said Friday that city leaders voted Tuesday to remove “nuisance” barbed wire from a fence along the Greenbelt in the Laguna Pointe subdivision.  The barbed wire was removed on Wednesday, said council member Mary McFarland.

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HOA backs down from lawsuit over Hayden (ID) Christmas lights

The saga of a Hayden man’s controversial Christmas display continues.  The West Hayden Estates Homeowner’s Association Board said Tuesday it will not be suing Jeremy Morris over his light display. The Vice President of the HOA board emphasized that their

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Hayden (ID) man vows to fight lawsuit threatened over his planned Christmas display

When Jeremy Morris learned last month that his Hayden homeowners association may file a lawsuit to block his planned Christmas extravaganza, he fired back a one-word response: “Nuts!”  Read the article………….

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City calls on homeowners to care for common areas (ID)

The city invited more than 100 homeowners of the Mountain Ridge subdivision to a special workgroup meeting to encourage the residents to start maintaining five small parcels of land within their community.  Read the article………….

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Caldwell (ID) woman sentenced for grand theft

A 72-year-old Caldwell woman will spend 60 days in jail followed by five years of probation for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her retirement community’s homeowners association.  Ellie Agueros pleaded guilty in April to grand theft, admitting she’d

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Laguna Pointe HOA sues (city of) Eagle (ID) over barbed wire fence, parking near Greenbelt

The City of Eagle told a homeowners association last month that it must remove a barbed wire fence because it is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians using the Boise River Greenbelt.  The fence runs along a public path near a

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Retirement community treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement (ID)

The former treasurer of a Caldwell retirement community has pleaded guilty to grand theft after embezzling more than $30,000 in homeowners’ association funds, according to court records. Ellie Agueros, 72, is scheduled to be sentenced May 19 before 3rd District

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Examining the Lake Kachess project: Homeowners concerned with deeper reservoir drawdown

William Campbell, a board member of the Kachess Homeowners Association, said in a letter to commissioners that coming away from the Feb. 28 meeting there was the understanding that homeowners would meet with only with the three commissioners, as their

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Replay Resorts to take control of Tamarack Resort

Meanwhile, TMA says they will hand over operation and management of Osprey Meadows Golf Course to Retirement Security Plan and Trust in April. The change in management comes in response to a lawsuit filed against the homeowners association. TMA says

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Residents: Home Values Drop Due to Unenforced CCRs (ID)

Residents of a Twin Falls subdivision are considering legal action against developers, saying the covenants, conditions and restrictions meant to regulate the neighborhood’s housing design and upkeep have not been enforced.     Read more……..

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Whitefish (ID) subdivision sues over city’s no-gate rule

The Grouse Mountain Estates Homeowners Association has sued the city of Whitefish over a recent resolution passed by the City Council that stiffened the city’s prohibition of gated communities.    Read more………

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Vet gets apology from HOA over American flag flap (ID)

Korean War vet Curtis Benham, who was asked by his homeowners association to remove an American flag from his window has received an apology from the HOA and the overwhelming support of his neighbors.    Read more……..

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Korean War vet fights HOA over flag display (ID)

Curtis Benham, an 81-year-old Korean War veteran living in Post Falls, was asked to remove an American flag from his front window by his homeowners association or face the financial consequences. Benham is ready to stand his ground.  Read more………

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New law to tame down Idaho neighborhood HOA’s

State Senator Jim Rice backed a bill that would require an association’s board to to pass a majority vote before issuing fines or penalties to a homeowner. According to the bill, the homeowner would also have to be given 30

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Subdivision management groups say regulation would improve industry business practices (ID)

“It’s a natural point of conflict,” he said. “How many dandelions can be in your yard before it’s a violation? How tall can the RV be before it’s out of compliance? If it is, the HOA board has to interpret

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New Idaho Law Aims To Curb Power Of Homeowners’ Associations

A new Idaho law set to take effect this summer will curb the power of homeowners’ associations after state lawmakers felt some organizations were abusing their authority.     Read more…….

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Battle over Eagle path continues in court, on ground

While fighting a land seizure suit, the Laguna Pointe homeowners carve out a second path    Read more……..

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Exclusive North Idaho Club Owes $1.4M In Taxes

Officials say developers of the exclusive club in Bonner County owe $1.4 million in unpaid taxes. Bonner County Treasurer Cheryl Piehl says the developers of the Idaho Club have until May 21 to settle their tax debts or face an

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Idaho Senate Bill 1310 to Positively Impact Idaho Homeowner and Condo Associations

In order to address the issue of homeowner association fines in Idaho, Senate Bill 1310 represents the beginnings of a promising effort. This bill, with Senator Rice as the driving force, will streamline existing government regulations, reduce red tape, and

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The realities of CC&Rs, homeowner associations

agree with Sen. Jim Rice about unwarranted homeowner association fines; however, the issue goes much deeper than that. When community developments are proposed to the county commissioners and city planners, the developers also present the CC&Rs to the community for

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How common are mandatory state registries of special districts?

The Idaho Legislature is currently considering legislation that would require registration of all local special districts with state. The registration would require, in part, the following information:    Read more………

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City denies single-family only in Fort Grounds

In a confusing twist, the Fort Grounds Homeowners Association lost its bid to secure a special-use overlay zone to make multi-family housing more difficult to build in the historic neighborhood.     Read more……..

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