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Flooding in multiple Lehi basements causes damage; awful smells (UT)

A smelly and disgusting surprise bubbled up from the drains in the basements of eight town homes in Lehi last Thursday.  “Wait a minute, that’s sewage. This is sewage,” said Laureen Madsen, the owner of one of the townhomes.  “It

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President of Grand Summit Hotel’s Homeowner’s Association faces lawsuit (UT)

George Fleming considers himself one of the original homeowners at the Grand Summit Hotel in the Canyons Village base area at Park City Mountain Resort.  Fleming said he has owned two units for nearly 12 years and has been a

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Grantsville neighborhood surprised to learn homes are in HOA (UT)

Gaynel Cromwell has owned a home in Grantsville for about a year and a half. One of the major selling points: it’s not in a homeowner’s association, she said.  So imagine her surprise when she got a letter from a

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Woman killed, 2 injured in fire at West Jordan condos (UT)

A woman was killed and two people were injured Sunday after a fire burned a West Jordan condominium complex.  The woman, who was in her mid-60s, was unable to get out of her ground-floor condo at Daybreak Hills Condominiums near

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‘DVExit,’ 3 of 10 Dammeron Valley subdivisions vote to leave homeowners association (UT)

Three subdivisions voted Friday to leave the Dammeron Valley Landowners Association after residents at odds with a developer joined forces for a “DVExit” initiative.  Over the past several months, the issue became so contentious that residents asked the Washington County

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Bitter battle between Garden City residents, officials over lake access ends with truce

A bitter yearslong battle between lakeside homeowners and the town over access to Bear Lake has ended in a compromise.  Garden City Mayor John Spuhler said the agreement is for the town to drop its attempt at using an eminent

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Eagle Mountain looks at its role as Ranches HOA dissolves (UT)

With the recent dissolution announcement of Eagle Mountain’s Ranches Master Homeowners Association, city officials are researching their role in serving the neighborhood’s affected residents.  Though it’s been suggested by some on social media outlets that Eagle Mountain is looking to

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Hundreds of Daybreak residents file lawsuits claiming defects in homes (UT)

Kori Emerson lives in a master-planned community, a carefully designed neighborhood she says turned out to be more like a movie set than a permanent place to live.  “It looks great, but it is not meant to last.”  Emerson is

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The Ranches homeowner’s association in Eagle Mountain to cease operations after lawsuit (UT)

The Ranches Master Home Owners Association announced Friday it will wrap up operations and transfer maintenance responsibilities to the city of Eagle Mountain after losing a lawsuit brought by three sub-associations.  In an unsigned letter to residents posted on the

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Eagle Mountain Ranches HOA lawsuit decision of $14M in damages brings both sides to the table (UT)

When the Eagle Mountain Ranches Master Homeowner’s Association lost the lawsuit brought against it in March, many residents belonging to the association cheered.  The lawsuit, filed by the Willow Springs, Cold Springs and Rock Creek HOAs, was decided in their

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HOA in Daybreak files lawsuit against homebuilders (UT)

Leaky roofs, leaky windows and damage to insulation: just some of the problems homeowners in a Daybreak neighborhood are dealing with. Now the HOA has decided to sue the builders of the nearly 10-year-old homes.  Kori and Mason Emerson were

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Lawmakers pass bill limiting HOA control on solar (UT)

A bill that limits the ability of homeowners associations to regulate rooftop solar installations made it through the Utah Legislature late Thursday.  Senate Bill 154, sponsored by South Jordan Republican Lincoln Fillmore, would prohibit rules against solar in most cases,

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Utah Op-ed: Let HOA residents join fully in the solar revolution

As the manager of a Utah business, it’s very important to me that we do our part to help protect the health of our community. That’s one of the big reasons we at Mark Miller Subaru chose to invest in

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Call Your Legislator. Now!

There is a very, very bad bill pending before the Utah State Legislature, which seeks to eliminate the possibility of any community association’s attempt to seek redress for a developer’s (or practically anyone else’s) negligence in constructing homes.  Homes are,

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Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels

Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels.  The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.  Its sponsor, Sen.

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Homeowners fume as Garden City pushes for eminent domain to claim lake access (UT)

Since 2013, there has been a seemingly constant battle back-and-forth between the homeowners and Garden City town officials over whether or not the private lanes in the subdivision that connect their homes and the lake should be available to the

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Fire leaves 20 homeless at Murray condo complex (UT)

An early Friday morning fire raced through much of a Murray condominium-townhome complex, causing no injuries but leaving about 20 residents homeless.  About 2 a.m., Unified Fire Authority crews responding to 911 calls found flames and smoke pouring at the

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Storm brews in Pleasant View over temporary green waste pile (UT)

As a pile of green waste continues to grow in size, tensions also mount between residents in the Park Springs Circle Subdivision and Pleasant View city officials.  The mounting pile of tree limbs, drying leaves and whatnot has been accumulating

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Early July rains send floodwaters through Rim Village neighborhoods (UT)

Among the hardest hit areas was the Rim Village condominium development in Spanish Valley, where a retention basin at the north end of the complex became filled beyond capacity, sending water spilling out into adjacent streets and into a hay

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HOA letter to resident: Remove flag decal from mailbox (UT)

Eagle Mountain resident Harriet Vallen thinks her HOA has gone a bit too far regarding her mailbox.

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Murray (UT) condo fire displaces three families

The Murray City Fire Department is investigating a two-alarm fire that has left several people without a home early Tuesday morning.  Read the article…………..

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Ducks die by the dozens in Brickyard neighborhood (UT)

Residents at Brickyard Condominiums blamed their homeowners association for disturbing the wildlife habitat. A few weeks ago, the HOA had to drain three ponds in the area to make repairs.   Read the article…………..

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4 treated for smoke inhalation in Holladay (UT) fire

Four people were treated for minor smoke inhalation during a fire at a condominium complex Tuesday.    Read the article…………

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Hyrum (UT) condominium complex to limit amount of rentals

The Hyrum City Council approved a preliminary plat agreement for 44-lot condominium complex, Green Meadow Villas, which included an agreement that would limit the amount of renters for the complex to encourage a full-time community.   Read the article…………..

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Attorney discusses legality of HOA fining residents for flying American Flag (UT)

A Home Owners Association in Murray says they want to regulate how, when, and where homeowners can fly the American Flag, and attorney Quinn Sperry says they may be able to do just that.  “Essentially, you’re entering into a contractual

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Sprinklers knock down two-alarm fire at Salt Lake City condo

Salt Lake City fire crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a two-alarm fire at the Governors Plaza Condominium complex, 560 E. South Temple, but in-house sprinklers knocked down the blaze as the crews arrived.     Read the article……….

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Largest Ever HOA Assessment Collection Judgment in Utah – Nearly 1.4 Million Dollars

In what appears to be the largest HOA assessment collections judgment ever obtained in Utah, and perhaps the largest in the United States, the Morris Sperry law firm obtained a judgment for unpaid unit owner assessments on behalf of a

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HOA in Sandy (UT) sues developer over damage to townhomes due to collapsible soil

A local homeowner’s association has filed a lawsuit against Castlewood Builders after accusing them of building more than 70 Sandy townhomes on collapsible soil.  It’s a five-year lawsuit that has homeowners dipping into their own pockets and potential buyers staying

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Six homeowner association bills signed (UT)

This legislative session Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed six laws changing the way homeowner associations operate, including how they deal with rental units, conduct board meetings and make disclosures.  The six bills are multi-faceted pieces of legislation and impact the

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Homeowner Told to Remove US Navy Flag

A homeowners association in Lehi is facing backlash online after sending a letter to a homeowner telling her to remove a U.S Navy flag displayed in her front yard. Lucia Sandoval says she put the flag up to remember her

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Governor Signs H.B. 98, S.B. 80 & S.B. 206 – More New HOA Laws for Utah

Governor Herbert signed three more new condo laws and new community association laws in the last few days. H.B. 98 dealing with association rentals and fines will become law. S.B. 80 making minor modifications to the reserve statute   Read more……….

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Residents upset over progress rebuilding their homes months after condo fire

It was back in August that a fire burned through some units at 8046 W. Copperfield Place, displacing several of the residents, including the Gaeta family. The Gaeta family lived directly below the apartment where the fire started, which was caused by

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Park City (UT) homeowners association awarded $1.8 million in lawsuit against developer

A civil jury awarded a homeowners association $1.8 million in damages this week after ruling a developer failed to meet building codes or protect the condominiums from water damage.   Read more……..

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(UT) HB99 would require homeowner associations to open meetings to owners

Homeowner association boards could potentially be required to open all meetings to owners in their associations and provide notification of the meetings to interested owners via email.   Read more……….

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Burst pipe floods condos and displaces residents, firefighters blame cold weather (UT)

A leak at housing complex in Sugar House has flooded two condos and a business, and firefighters said cold weather is a factor. Firefighters were called to the Urbana on 11th Condos, 1988 South 1100 East, around 3 p.m. Thursday, and

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Arson suspected in Lehi (UT) condo complex fire

Arson is suspected in a fire that damaged several units of a Utah County condominium complex.  Investigators estimate the blaze caused more than $300,000 in damage to 14 garage units at the Westbury condos.    Read more……..

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Judge dismisses homeowners’ lawsuit against Garden City (UT) over beach access

A lawsuit challenging public access to a segment of Bear Lake’s west beach was dismissed by a 1st District Court judge this week.  In June, the Shore Lodge Estates Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the Town of Garden City

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27-home subdivision disbands homeowners association, reverts to control of Smithfield City (UT)

A 27-home subdivision has opted to disband its homeowners association and revert to the control of Smithfield City, a move that was approved by the Smithfield City Council.    Read more……..

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3-alarm blaze damages 6 condo units, kills dog (UT)

A barbeque grill is being blamed for sparking a 3-alarm fire at a condo complex Monday evening.   Read more…….

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Highland Hills residents in limbo (UT)

Residents of Highland Hills, an upscale Mesquite neighborhood off Falcon Ridge Parkway near Mesa View Regional Hospital, are still in the dark about the future of their homes — and no one is talking.    Read more………

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Mesquite (UT) residents await help while their homes sink into landfill

Homeowners in the gated Highland Hills retirement community in Mesquite continue to await word from the city and other involved parties regarding intent and plans to rectify damages which are a result of either grievous past mistakes or willful neglect

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PCMR v. Talisker: Resort Center property owners livid with situation (UT)

An important group of property owners at the Resort Center recently indicated the lawsuit between Park City Mountain Resort and its landlord, Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, has hurt reservations for the next ski season.    Read more…….

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Trouble in Eden (UT); land disputes escalate

When Ken and Judy Crandall started building their dream home in Eden about seven years ago, they had no idea their backyard would become part to another subdivision since the land was owned by an open-space preservation organization.     Read

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Problems plague subdivision (UT) – sinking into landfill

From the street, these homes appear sound, precise and attractive. Closer examination, however, reveals several have frightening structural cracks, apparently the result of the fact they’re sinking — sinking, residents insist, because the gentle slope upon which they were constructed

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27-home subdivision disbands homeowners association, reverts to control of Smithfield City (UT)

A 27-home subdivision has opted to disband its homeowners association and revert to the control of Smithfield City, a move that was approved by the Smithfield City Council.    Read more………

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Roof collapses at Roy (UT) condo fire; building evacuated

Firefighters evacuated a large Roy condominium complex this morning after a fire broke out on a deck of one of the units and quickly spread.   Read more……

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Canyons sues more than 600 condo owners (UT)

Canyons Resort filed a complaint Feb. 28 against the individual owners of condominiums in the resort’s Grand Summit Hotel over 600 of them.    Read more…….

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Subdivision looks to drop HOA, join Smithfield City (UT)

The Three Creeks Subdivision in Smithfield is seeking to disband their Homeowners Association and fall under city control. Eric Newell, a representative of the subdivision residents, met with the City Council on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of disbanding the

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Upscale private development wants Salt Lake City (UT) to maintain its streets

When should a private street become a public one? The Salt Lake City Council will again wrestle with that conundrum soon. An upscale subdivision is petitioning the city to take over snow removal, garbage collection and maintenance of its private

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Legal Civil War Breaks Out At Sky Lodge (UT)

A legal civil war has broken out at the Sky Lodge on Main Street, with clashing lawsuits filed by the hotel’s owner and manager Ken Abdalla, and a group of time share owners at the Lodge.   Read more……..

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