Turmoil at The Villages as 4 HOA directors apparently rescind resignations (AZ)

The dissension is mounting in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado.  “It’s getting really ugly right now,” a resident said this week.  As of Friday, the community will be without an onsite management company after Associated Asset Management of Tempe turns out the lights at the clubhouse office.    Read the article………………………………

Club West course owners raise sale possibility (AZ)

The ongoing struggle over the future of Club West’s dead golf course took some surprise turns last week when the somewhat antagonistic parties began talking and the new owners indicated they’d listen to a solid plan for buying it from them and restore it to a sustainable championship playing field without houses.   Read the article………………………………..

Nonprofit seeks restraining order against Club West HOA (AZ)

The fight that pits scores of Club West homeowners against their HOA board and the new owners of the golf course intensified this week as the nonprofit that oppose s homes on the ravaged site asked a judge to stop any further efforts to advance a plan for the property until at least October.    Read […]

Villages HOA shakeup: 5 directors to resign as management firm announces exit (AZ)

Five directors of the HOA board at The Villages at Rancho El Dorado are stepping down as the association’s management company said it was ending its 16-plus-year association with the community.  The resignations of the five directors, including board president Antonio “Tony” Crisostomo, came during a more-than-four-hour Zoom meeting on Wednesday night, according to residents […]

Tucson homeowners outraged over trash bill (AZ)

Neighbors in a southwest Tucson neighborhood say they got overcharged when their HOA made a change to their trash service.  KGUN 9 received a ton of emails from homeowners in the Star Valley Master Community who say they were being taken advantage of by their trash company Waste Management.    Read the article………………………..

After run-in with HOA manager, new Villages resident ‘appalled’ (AZ)

A former board member of a homeowners’ association in Washington State, he didn’t think much about living in another HOA community, not that he had much choice if he wanted to live in one of Maricopa’s 18 residential developments.  Last week, however, two incidents changed his mind about the organization he sends $86 every month […]

Club West battle heats up as nonprofit seeks injunction (AZ)

A nonprofit opposed to houses on Club West’s golf course has asked a judge to stop an apparent fast-track effort by the HOA’s board to push a homeowners’ vote on a plan by four investors who bought the site last week.  The Club West Conservancy last week asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to […]

Foothills HOA meeting turns heated over election timing (AZ)

An effort to partially stymie the impact of a special election on changes to the Foothills Community Association charter bylaws backfired when four of its seven board members refused to support longtime HOA President Bill Fautsch.    Read the article……………………………….

Club West Conservancy counters HOA board’s suit dismissal request (AZ)

A group of Club West homeowners who want the beleaguered golf course to be restored or turned into a preserve recently fired back at their HOA board’s effort to dismiss their lawsuit over what they call an illegal attempt to control the site’s future.  The Club West Conservancy has sued the Foothills Club West Community […]

Gold Star family fighting to honor fallen son this Memorial Day (AZ)

As Memorial Day approaches, one Gilbert family is in a battle with their Home Owner’s Association because of their attempt to honor their fallen son.  Craig and Alma Smith lost their son, Donald Smith, in a military exercise in 2006. Donald Smith received full military honors and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.  […]

Club West board seeks dismissal of golf course suit (AZ)

Foothills Club West Community Association board members have asked a judge to toss a suit that a resident-based nonprofit filed against them.  In a petition filed earlier this month, the HOA board members said that the Club West Conservancy failed to back up its lawsuit with facts supporting its allegations and that it has no […]

Wanna bring a food truck to your metro Phoenix neighborhood? Here’s what you need to know (AZ)

When community events for the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association were canceled, the food trucks booked for the upcoming festivities were poised to take a financial hit. And the Mesa neighborhood’s residents were facing fewer food options. So recreation director Jesse Wright got to work finding new ways to connect the two groups.    Read the article………………………..

Being smarter in 2020: Good neighbors

Neighbors were much more invested in each other’s well-being, partly out of necessity, but in spread-out farming communities, it was important to help each other.  We need to be neighbors again. These days, many of us don’t know our neighbors even when the houses are just a few feet apart.    Read the article……………………………..

A Phoenix woman wants to save a baby hummingbird. Her HOA may not let her

Caroline Davies has spent more time than usual outside since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Working from her north Phoenix home, she’ll take walks along the nearby canal as a break, maintaining proper social distance of course. It’s a chance to take in the beauty of her immediate environment.    Read the article…………………………

Act of Kindness: HOAs looking out for each other (AZ)

Canoa Vistas II is also mobilizing for the good of all. A resident recently emailed the HOA president and asked that other residents be alerted that if anybody needed help — shopping, an errand — they’ll help out.   Read the article……………………….

HOA board sued over Club West course (AZ)

A newly formed nonprofit filed suit Monday against the Club West Community Association board, asking Superior Court to nullify its revision of land-use regulations governing the golf course.  The dramatic legal move by the Club West Conservancy – made up of several dozen Club West homeowners – came as four investors prepared to unveil a […]

Scottsdale HOA bans short-term rentals (AZ)

While Arizona legislators debate whether or not to hand regulatory powers back to cities to rein in short-term rentals, some Scottsdale home owners associations are taking matters into their own hands.  Read the article…………………………….

Accusations Fly Between Rocky Point Neighborhood, Local Government (AZ)

The Las Conchas community in Rocky Point counts many affluent Arizonans among its roughly 2,000 residents. Tensions between the neighborhood and city government over development plans and other issues had been simmering for some time.  Then last May, the local government tore down the Las Conchas guard house. The HOA saw that as an act […]

SCHOA files petition to Supreme Court for Sun Cities appeal (AZ)

A petition to the Arizona Supreme Court to hear Sun City Home Owners Association’s appeal of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s approval to consolidate wastewater district was filed Feb. 21.  “We believe we have a good brief,” said George Courtot, SCHOA board vice president.  SCHOA officials appealed the Arizona Corporation Commission’s 2017 decision to consolidate five […]

Club West group challenges HOA board (AZ)

The failed attempt by four investors to begin an approval process for 162 houses on the Club West Golf Course has given birth of a nonprofit group of homeowners that is challenging the HOA board’s handling of the beleaguered site.  Read the article…………………………..

Rancho Vistoso HOA needs a new perspective (AZ)

Mark Twain once said that “politicians are like diapers; they must be changed often and for the same reason.” The same can be said for some of the board members of any home owner’s association.  I have lived here as a full-time resident since 2004. Driving to my house was always a pleasant experience going […]

Best advice on HOAs: Learn to live with it (AZ)

There’s little chance of escaping HOAs in Green Valley and Sahuarita, and for the uninitiated to the various types of organizations, the experience could lead to ruffled feathers on all sides.  Homeowners Associations in the United States have grown by leaps and bounds, and their impact on homeowners has grown with them.   Read the article…………………………

Oro Valley Homeowners Association responds to renter with flagpole in question (AZ)

Thursday night, News 4 Tucson spoke with Joseph Lumpkins, the HOA board president.  “First of all, we didn’t bully him,” Lumpkins said. “We don’t talk to him. We talk to the management company, his management company. You can’t attach anything to a common wall. We own that common wall. That’s our wall, the association’s wall.”  Read the […]

HOA wants Oro Valley man to take down flagpole (AZ)

About a year ago, Don Knetzger of Oro Valley, Ariz. strung up lights to his flagpole in his backyard so he could see his barbecue more easily at night.  Knetzger told News 4 Tucson he recently got a letter in the mail from his homeowner’s association.   Read the article………………………

Rosie on the House: Home projects in HOA communities (AZ)

When pulling into your driveway, do you often think “this house needs a fresh coat of paint” or “I’d like a front lawn?” If you live in a homeowners association community, there are steps and considerations you need to take before picking up the paintbrush or laying sod.    Read the Q&A……………………………

Emerging HOA trends in Arizona: Big topics to look for in 2020

The Valley of the Sun is a fine way to describe this expansive desert, but the Valley of the HOA isn’t far off either. And like so many things in constant flux, homeowners associations need to keep up with the ever evolving world their residents live in, with changes always swirling, ranging from technology to […]

Club West reaction mixed to golf course plan (AZ)

Initial reaction to the Edge Group’s Club West Golf Course plan suggests it’s too early to tell how it will fare with the community.  Following attorney Edwin Bull’s closing presentation on Jan. 16 to the overflowing crowd of residents, the crowd broke into applause and some of those in attendance later told AFN they were […]

Gilbert HOA is threatening to fine residents over critical social media posts (AZ)

If I didn’t love this community, I wouldn’t be fighting this fight,” said Ashley Nardecchia.  Nardecchia lives in the Val Vista Lakes (VVL) community off Greenfield and Baseline Road.  Since 2019, she’s been the admin of a private community Facebook page called Residents at VVL.    Read the article…………………………

Reserve study important for RCSCW in Sun City West (AZ)

One of the best ways to gauge the health of a planned community association such as Recreation Centers of Sun City West is to gauge the association’s reserves.  How much money an association has in reserves, as a percentage of its overall asset replacement requirements is the best way to determine whether a special assessment […]

12 families homeless after condo fire in Mesa (AZ)

12 families are homeless after an condominium fire in Mesa.  The fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Dobson Bay Club Condominium Homes off of Baseline And Alma School Roads.    Read the article………………………….

Are residences in Club West course’s future? (AZ)

The four men who walked away from a deal to buy Club West Golf Course have returned to the table and are presenting a plan to the homeowners association next month.  The quartet of investors also may ask the HOA board to have homeowners vote on changing the golf course’s covenants, conditions and restrictions – […]

Sun City, Sun City West HOAs conducting joint meetings (AZ)

Sun City and Sun City West share a common history and therefore have mutual interests in a variety of issues.  To find the best opportunities for both communities, officials from the HOA organization of each community began conducting joint, informal meetings, according to Jim Hunter, Sun City Home Owners Association board president.    Read the article……………………..

Discontent spurs calls for Foothills reforms (AZ)

The three homeowners were frustrated as they peppered the Foothills Community Association board with questions.  By Sept. 25, it had become a ritual in some ways for Rafael deLuna III, David Randolph and Rob Doherty – and others – who had questions and concerns about why the board did, or didn’t, take action on a […]

Club West future sinks again into uncertainty (AZ)

The Club West Golf Course likely is gone for good, a group of local investors said Monday as they walked away from a tentative deal to buy the beleaguered site.  In ending talks that last week fueled rampant speculation in the community that homes would be built on part of the site, Matt Shearer, a […]

HOA may build wall that would add a mile to elementary students’ walk to school (AZ)

Every school day, the Jones children are among hundreds who walk a few blocks through their neighborhood to enter the Surprise Elementary School campus through the back gate.  That walk — for second-grader Tyjohnae, third-grader MJ, fifth-grader Taejohn, eighth-graders Edward and Johntae, and their classmates — may soon grow about a mile longer, and be […]

Don’t fence us in, Club West tells ADOT (AZ)

From the folks who are bringing Ahwatukee the South Mountain Freeway with its soaring sound walls and other changes that have impacted the community’s landscape comes a new addition that has Club West and other residents up in arms.  In recent weeks, the Arizona Department of Transportation and project designer-builder Connect202Partners have been installing a […]

Caught between 2 HOAs, homeowners fret (AZ)

More than three years have passed since the Maricopa County Flood Control District and the City of Phoenix labeled a mountainside in the Tapestry Canyon area of Ahwatukee a hazard.  Citing “erosion and sediment hazards,” the April 2016 report lists the mountainside behind East Dry Creek Road and S. 14th Way among 39 Ahwatukee areas […]

Hundreds of dead fish floating in pond in Goodyear (AZ)

Dozens of fish at a pond in Goodyear’s Estrella Mountain Ranch community are turning up dead, and nearby residents who walk and bike in the area say because of the smell and sight. they no longer can.  In addition, some residents say this problem has been going on for a few months, and nothing is […]

Homeowner’s associations have more tools to deal with short-term rentals (AZ)

Homeowner’s associations that have approved sets of conditions, convenants and restrictions — commonly called CC&Rs — have the ability to not necessarily prevent owners from renting out all or part of properties overnight or for short periods, but to at least mitigate the consequences of misuse of rental property.    Read the article……………………….

Goodyear residents say ‘wasted’ water caused neighborhood swamp (AZ)

In Goodyear’s Pebble Creek neighborhood, homeowners say a river now running through their neighborhood is a nuisance, a public health hazard and a waste of a precious desert resource.  Richard and Janet Kirshbaum paid to live on the golf course, but these days it looks more like a water hazard. More and more often, the […]