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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • If there’s no homeowner association, who enforces the neighborhood’s CC&Rs? February 20, 2024
    Question: In our East Valley subdivision, we have never had a homeowner association. The result is that our covenants, conditions and restrictions requiring homeowner association approval of sports courts have never been enforced, especially in relation to the recent construction of three pickleball courts. One pickleball court is next to our primary bedroom. Who is responsible for enforcing our covenants, conditions and restrictions? Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Mesa PD: Luxury condo complex was a hub for ‘numerous’ sober living homes, alcohol abuse and violence (AZ) February 13, 2024
    FOX 10 Investigator Justin Lum has been following problems at the Canal on Baseline (COB) for several months. Police reports we’ve obtained from 2023 provide a wider scope of the complex.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers look to protect home values for owners who may be forced to sell their condos (AZ) February 10, 2024
    In Arizona’s housing market, lawmakers want to make sure condo owners get a fair deal if they’re ever forced to sell to investors.  Under the Arizona Condominium Termination Act, if an investor reaches 80% ownership of a condominium complex, they can dissolve the HOA and require the remaining homeowners to sell for fair market value.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Which homeowner association fees and fines can lead to a lien against a home? (AZ) December 26, 2023
    Question: As I understand it, a homeowner association has an automatic lien against a home if the association’s monthly dues are not paid. Thus, a buyer of the house would be responsible for any unpaid monthly association dues if not paid by the seller at the close of escrow.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Virtual HOA/condo academy coming to Surprise (AZ) December 20, 2023
    A virtual HOA/condo academy and upcoming in-person HOA summit is designed for all homeowners association or condominium board member, owner or property manager in Surprise.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Court of Appeals rejects Village of Oak Creek STR ban (AZ) November 30, 2023
    The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the Village of Oakcreek Association cannot retroactively impose its 2016 ban on short-term rentals on property owners who acquired title to their property prior to the ban, reaffirming an earlier decision that defined STRs as a residential rather than a business use.    Read the article…………………………
  • No neighbors have complained about our short-term rental, yet our HOA is threatening an injunction. Can it do that? (AZ) November 21, 2023
    Question: We live in a community with homeowner association covenants, conditions and restrictions adopted 20 years ago that prohibit any rental for less than one year. For the past three years, in the months of January, February, and March, we have lived with our daughter in Tucson, and we do short-term rentals of our home. These short-term rentals pay our mortgage for the entire year.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Foothills HOA paying thousands for water leaks, struggling to get grant (AZ) November 10, 2023
    Lately when Riyon Harding steps into her backyard, she has to clean up the bufelgrass by herself to avoid her yard catching on fire. With a broken wrist, raking can be hard.  Since it’s flammable, she does it often, but normally her HOA would have paid to have it done through her HOA fees.    Read the article…………………………………..
  • New Arizona law gets rid of certain parking rules in HOA communities November 8, 2023
    A new bill recently passed by the state Legislature requires ungated communities with a homeowners association to decide whether to keep their existing parking restrictions. The new bill only applies to parking rules that were established before January 2015.    Read the article…………………………………
  • Arizona laws affecting HOA’s going into effect October 28, 2023
    HOA parking controls Ungated communities with a homeowner’s association have until June 30, 2025, to decide whether to keep their existing parking restrictions.  If the HOA opts to ditch the restrictions, parking oversight falls to the city in which the community is located.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Neal Carter, R-San Tan Valley, applies only to HOAs that were created prior to January 2015. Those created after that date can’t supersede city parking rules.The measure does not apply to condominiums. ‘Rouge’ HOAs HOA ...
  • New programs help Chandler residents with neighborhood improvements (AZ) September 22, 2023
    East Valley residents, both in HOAs and traditional neighborhoods, can apply for financial help for neighborhood improvements, social engagement and cat colony management, officials said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Developing Story: RSR Golf Course owner fined over $1.7 million by City of Apopka for multiple, ongoing code violations (AZ) September 21, 2023
    For the past three years, the Rock Springs Ridge Homeowners Association has tried to strike a deal to bring the RSR golf course lands back to its residents. It’s been a struggle, to say the least, but after announcing a new contract to swap the 51-acre gopher tortoise conservation area for the golf course lands, a new roadblock has emerged.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rising HOA fees, rules can be an extra burden on older adults in Arizona September 19, 2023
    Many older adults live in communities with monthly or quarterly homeowners association fees. These HOA dues are typically used for the maintenance of a community — things like landscaping or upkeep of the pool. But seniors on fixed incomes could run into trouble if they can’t pay their mandatory dues.   Read the article………………………..
  • Think HOA fees are high in metro Phoenix? Here’s how they compare to other big US cities (AZ) September 16, 2023
    People who live in communities with homeowners associations typically love or hate them. But at least in metro Phoenix, the typical HOA fee is lower than the U.S. average, according to a new analysis.   Read the article………………………..
  • Foothills HOA residents go more than a day without water due to water leaks (AZ) September 12, 2023
    Hearing the sound of water splashing into her buckets and pitchers, Riyon Harding collected water to prepare for the next time the water goes out.  She’s lived at the Viewpointe neighborhood on Skyline and Swan for about three years and is used to the water going out due to ongoing repairs for leaks in their water system.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sun City group home should be questioned by SCHOA August 30, 2023
    This letter is in response to the recent article in the Independent that was submitted by Lisa Gray, Sun City Home Owners Association general manager.  The issue Ms. Gray was addressing was the construction of a group home that is in the process of being constructed along West Cherry Tree Lane in Sun City.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lawyer: HOAs could probably block casitas (AZ) August 30, 2023
    With Phoenix City Council preparing to take up two controversial zoning code amendments next Wednesday, Sept. 6, an Ahwatukee expert on real estate law has shed some light on a big question involving the measure permitting casitas in the backyards of single-family homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Couple forced from condominium taking fight to court (AZ) August 23, 2023
    Jie Cao and Haining “Frazer” Xia did not want to leave their home. But after an investment company bought the majority of the units in the couple’s condominium complex and voted to sell the unwilling remaining residents’ units to themselves, Cao and Xia were forced out.    Read the article………………………..
  • A Phoenix couple’s home flooded twice. They say it’s the HOA’s fault. Now they’re in court (AZ) August 22, 2023
    In August 2021, Nick and Josie Argyros woke up in the middle of the night to a thumping noise. Nick got out of bed to investigate the source of the sound and was alarmed when he found himself standing in ankle-deep water.   Read the article………………………..
  • You can be kicked out of a condo you rightfully own, thanks to this obscure Arizona law August 19, 2023
    Opinion: An investor bought most units in a condo project, sold the building and kicked out the owners who refused to go along. And yes, it’s completely legal.   Read the article………………………..
  • Woman in extremely critical condition after being carried out of condo fire in Phoenix (AZ) August 2, 2023
    Fire personnel responded to a two-story condo at Camelback Road and 15th Avenue around 11 p.m. and found smoke coming from the unit, the Phoenix Fire Department said.  While crews were inside extinguishing the home, they found the woman on the second floor of the condo suffering from smoke inhalation    Read the article………………………..
  • Village of Oak Creek HOA earns a ‘Firewise’ title (AZ) July 31, 2023
    The La Barranca II Homeowners Association in the Village of Oak Creek received its Firewise certification and accompanying signage at its entrance at the intersection of Jacks Canyon Road and La Barranca Drive on the morning of Wednesday, July 26.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA files claim against town over apartment plan (AZ) July 31, 2023
    The 307-home Vintage Ranch Homeowners Association says it was deprived of its ability to weigh in on a 352-unit apartment that Gilbert Town Council eventually approved.  The association has filed a claim alleging the town failed to ensure that the project applicant adequately notified Vintage Ranch of the Stillwater Rivulon apartments  Read the article………………………..
  • Las Sendas neighbors split on overgrowth (AZ) July 31, 2023
    Overgrown mesquite trees and other desert shrubs and bushes are blocking city light views for Las Sendas residents who paid a premium for their lots.  Read the article………………………..
  • Surprise residents can get rebates for water conservation (AZ) July 12, 2023
    Financial rebates will be offered to Surprise water customers as a way to encourage water conservation.  Through May 1, 2024, city-serviced residential and business customers can make the most of the water conservation rebate programs, according to a news release.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire damages five condos (AZ) July 6, 2023
    Firefighters found the fire in the bathroom and attic space in a unit at Villa Viejo Condominiums and believe the fire originated from one of the unit’s bathroom ventilation fans.  According to YFD, the fire spread throughout a common attic and ended up affecting four units with significant fire damage and another unit with a large amount of water damage.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lawsuit pits Ahwatukee HOA against its parent (AZ) July 5, 2023
    Battle lines have formed in Maricopa County Superior Court between a homeowners association and a related sub-association in far west Ahwatukee.  The lawsuit filed by the Foothills Reserve Parcels A-1 & A-2 Owners Sub-Association against the Foothills Reserve Master Owners Association partly involves allegations of improper and unauthorized expenditures from a $6.5 million partial settlement the parent group won from the Arizona Department Transportation.   Read the article………………………..
  • Our HOA sued a homebuyer and won. Can we recover legal fees? (AZ) June 27, 2023
    Question: We live in a beautiful community of about two dozen homes. Our community’s covenants, conditions and restrictions require any amendment of these rules to have the approval of the majority of the homeowners. Everyone in our community has always been opposed to short-term rentals.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Queen Creek couple fights back against HOA and neighbors over Pride flag (AZ) June 12, 2023
    In their Queen Creek backyard, you can see Tim and Jared Deluca’s Pride flag waving in the wind. It’s been up since December but the one you see now is far from the original.  “This is the original Pride flag that we put up,” Jared Deluca said while holding up their first Pride flag.  “They took a knife to it and slashed it,” he said.    Read the article………………………..
  • HOA reverses itself on hummingbird feeder ban (AZ) June 2, 2023
    Rancho Resort residents Jim Gyovai and Sandra Hartman can be found every day sitting on his porch, watching hummingbirds perch on their feeders.  But when HOA management company Associa Arizona banned all bird feeders in the Rancho Resort retirement community in early May, Gyovai and Hartman weren’t happy. And they weren’t alone.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hobbs Signs Bill To Protect Property Owners From HOAs (AZ) May 24, 2023
    Property owners scored a win this week when Governor Katies Hobbs put down her veto stamp temporarily to sign a bill that empowers homeowners to hold non-compliant homeowner association boards more accountable. HB 2607, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Parker, passed on a bipartisan vote.   Read the article………………………..
  • Scottsdale homeowners get restraining order against HOA to keep Sissoo trees in neighborhood (AZ) May 22, 2023
    Tom La Porte has lived in Silverleaf Arcadia for close to five years. He said the HOA has wanted to remove all of the Sissoo trees in the gated community since 2020 because of the reputation these trees have: from damaging roads to underground pipes.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA becomes first Firewise USA site in Green Valley (AZ) May 19, 2023
    One Green Valley neighborhood is making history as the first local homeowners association to become a certified Firewise USA site.  Bill Hollingsworth, a board member with Solar Del Viejo HOA, accepted the award Wednesday on behalf of his community alongside representatives from the Green Valley Fire District and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.   Read the article………………………..
  • Club West course suit could linger for another year (AZ) May 7, 2023
    The Club West Conservancy has told a judge it will be ready for a March 2024 trial in its suit against golf course owner The Edge and Shea Homes.  The Edge and the Conservancy last month also told Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason they remain at an impasse in litigation over the course’s future.   Read the article………………………..
  • Tucson City Council to discuss removing offensive language from CC&Rs in HOAs (AZ) May 3, 2023
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  • Gilbert HOA citing lack of communication regarding nearby development changes (AZ) April 20, 2023
    The future of a 10-acre plot of land has sprouted headaches for a Gilbert neighborhood. “I hope that the town of Gilbert, the council, will actually hear what the people are saying that there needs to be a change,” said Trent Grossarth, who lives in the Vintage Ranch neighborhood.    Read the article………………………..
  • Maintaining roads in Coconino County pricey, difficult after historic weather events (AZ) March 30, 2023
    Residents throughout Coconino County are paying the price of weathering an aggressive winter — sometimes quite literally.  Outside of the city, not all community roads are considered “county maintained,” despite providing ingress and egress to subdivisions and neighborhoods.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA residents may soon be able to fly the Betsy Ross flag (AZ) March 24, 2023
    State lawmakers have decided that some flags matter more than others.  On a party-line vote Thursday, the House agreed to allow residents who live in communities governed by homeowners’ associations to fly the Betsy Ross flag, regardless of existing rules. That’s the flag that existed at the time of the American Revolution, with 13 stars in a circle along with the still-existing 13 stripes.    Read the article………………………..
  • Anthem homeowners trying to stop HOA from turning park into soccer field (AZ) March 23, 2023
    Anthem is one of the Valley’s most beloved communities, and some longtime homeowners want it to stay that way. Kelly Graves and her neighbors are trying to stop the Anthem Community Council from moving forward with plans to convert an open space park into a multi-use sport space with several soccer fields.   Read the article………………………..
  • 2023 Legislative Update (AZ) March 17, 2023
    The Arizona Legislature began the 2023 session on January 9, 2023 and is considering numerous bills. While the legislature is in session, our firm periodically prepares and posts an updated summary of these proposed bills.   Read the article………………………..
  • Free roofs putting a tiny Ahwatukee RT-2 HOA on a ledge (AZ) March 16, 2023
    It was a no-brainer for a homebuyer nearly half a century ago in a little-known area of Phoenix called Ahwatukee.  Back then, a small enclave of homes off 48th Street had been organized into a homeowners association with the not very appealing name of RT-2 but a very appealing feature built right into its covenants, conditions, and restrictions.    Read the article………………………..
  • Mesa condo fire leaves woman burned, 13 residents displaced (AZ) March 8, 2023
    One resident was burned and more than a dozen people were forced out of their home after a Mesa condo complex went up in flames overnight.   Read the article………………………..
  • Quail Creek property owners ‘actively campaigning’ against asphalt plant (AZ) March 4, 2023
    The Quail Creek Property Owners Association has officially taken a stance against a proposal that would bring an asphalt plant just north of their community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Man dead, four children in critical condition after condo fire in Phoenix (AZ) March 2, 2023
    Fire crews were able to aggressively attack the flames while searching the condo for people. During the search, they found a man, and four children inside the condo.   Read the article………………………..
  • City, Alterra HOA working out erosion issues created by overpass construction (AZ) February 25, 2023
    When the city built the overpass across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, as part of the project it moved North Maricopa Road to align with the new structure.  That led to erosion in the Alterra community, which lies south of the overpass and west of State Route 347/Maricopa Road.  Now, after several years of working toward a solution, the city and Alterra’s homeowners association have agreed the city will fix the problem.    Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Board Meetings, Everything You Need to Know February 23, 2023
    Homeowners Associations (HOAs) comprise a Board of Directors responsible for managing the community. A key component of effectively managing a community is the regular meetings of the Board of Directors. These meetings are vital for the success of a community since they provide a platform for discussion and decisions that shape the community’s future.  Read the article………………………..
  • New bill in Arizona proposes greater homeowner association meeting rights February 21, 2023
    Arizona’s House of Representatives is considering a new bill that would expand the ability of homeowners’ association members to participate in association meetings. If passed, the bill, known as HB 2607, would allow unit owners, members, or their designated representatives to provide notice for meetings in planned community and condominium associations.   Read the article………………………..
  • Arizona lawmakers move to allow more backyard chickens (but not in condo’s/HOAs) February 14, 2023
    State lawmakers are trying to make sure you have that opportunity — but only if you live in a single-family detached home — and one that isn’t located in a homeowner association.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mesa increases incentives to replace grass lawns with xeriscapes to save water (AZ) February 14, 2023
    Xeriscape landscapes are a popular site in Arizona that use desert-adapted plants, many of which are native to the state. The option also saves water compared to traditional grass lawns, which is why Mesa is encouraging its residents to make a change.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rise of pickleball pitting neighbor against neighbor, leading to lawsuits (AZ) February 13, 2023
    The North Scottsdale homeowners said their HOA, Stonegate Community Association, didn’t consult them when they converted a nearby tennis court into two pickleball courts. “My problem is that the HOA didn’t do due diligence. They didn’t do a sound study prior to putting the courts in,” Nagle said.    Read the article………………………..
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