Several HOA bills introduced in Idaho House

Several Idaho legislators have recently introduced bills about homeowners associations, also known as HOAs.  Two lawmakers, Rep. Jon Weber, R-Rexburg, and Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise, have been working on HOA issues for months. And as the Treasure Valley has grown, more and more people reside under the purview of HOAs.   Read the article…………………………….

‘A property rights issue’: Bill prohibiting HOAs from requiring grass lawns died in committee (ID)

Sen. Rick Just’s opening PowerPoint slide had a direct and succinct message, “I’m not coming for your lawn.”  Just, D-Boise, was presenting a bill to the Idaho Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee that would open up more neighborhoods to alternative methods of landscaping by prohibiting homeowners’ associations from requiring grass lawns.    Read the article…………………………….

Ketchum buys a condo in Warm Springs for deed restriction (ID)

A unit in the Parkside neighborhood of Ketchum is being sold to the city at a discounted rate in order to be preserved as community housing.  To qualify as Category Local, a household must have at least one nondependent member who works full-time for an organization in Blaine County.    Read the article…………………………….

Idaho Supreme Court sides with developer in Teton County case

The case arises from a dispute regarding a condominium development and dates back to 1995. That’s when a lot in Driggs was approved for Planned Unit Development with up to 16 standalone condominiums.  In 1995, TCR’s lot owned by TCR, LLC, the developer of Teton Creek Resor, was approved for Planned Unit Development with 16 […]

City investigation at Elkhorn Springs IDs flaws, sets next steps for remediation (ID)

A city investigation of Sun Valley’s Elkhorn Springs condominiums has narrowed in on several flaws that could have allowed water to seep into and rot the condos’ wooden framing.  Structural rot reported in several locations in the condo buildings in November 2023 led the homeowners association that governs the four-building condo complex to advise residents […]

Paint, money and control: Idaho homeowners say more HOA regulation is needed

In one Treasure Valley subdivision, a homeowner tried for months to get the homeowners association board to approve her paint colors. She was dismissed from a committee. She started asking questions and realized her HOA board had elected new members seemingly without community input.   Read the article………………………..

Limelight Condominiums to be rebuilt after fire (ID)

Nearly a year after a massive fire that displaced dozens of people and destroyed much of the Limelight Condominiums in Ketchum, plans to rebuild the structure—this time, with increased safety measures, such as fire sprinklers—have been approved by the city.   Read the article………………………..

Flying Heart sues county in protracted parking battle (ID)

The Flying Heart Ranch Owners’ Association sued Blaine County on May 19 over the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office’s apparent refusal to tow vehicles from two proposed parking lots along Aspen Lakes Drive north of Hailey, reigniting a four-year-long legal battle with the county.  Read the article………………………..

Fire at Pocatello condo complex causes evacuations (ID)

Firefighters responded to a fire at a north Pocatello condominium complex on Wednesday night.  The blaze at the condominiums on the 1500 block of Bench Road was reported around 10:50 p.m.   Read the article………………………..

Boise homeowners went to court to try to void a tax district. See what a judge decided (ID)

An Ada County judge has ruled against taxpayers in Southeast Boise’s Harris Ranch who fought against a special tax district they argued was unlawful.  The district covering Harris Ranch in Barber Valley, called the Harris Ranch Community Infrastructure District, collects taxes to reimburse developers who spend money on certain types of public infrastructure, such as […]

Flying Heart river access case laid to rest (ID)

A judge has formally put to rest a three-and-a-half-year-long dispute between Blaine County, a private homeowner’s association, an outdoor outfitter and actress Demi Moore over public access to the Big Wood River north of Hailey.  Read the article………………………..

Idaho Supreme Court orders HOA to reinstate parking on small lot

A lawsuit that went all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court over a small parking lot spanning two mayoral administrations in the city of Eagle is now resolved, but the city will now use a long-planned park project to satisfy the court’s order instead of forcing the losing homeowner’s association to rebuild the original […]

(HOA’s) Among Those Awarded Drinking Water and Wastewater System Grants (ID)

Bear Lake West Homeowners Association, Inc. in Bear Lake County was awarded $35,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the current drinking water system and identify needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $70,000, and the remaining $35,000 will be funded by Bear Lake West Homeowners Association, Inc.   Read the article………………………..

HOA tells Boise homeowner to take down pride display (ID)

Jordan Hall’s house first appears briefly between the trees on the drive up the Quail Ridge subdivision in Boise.  At night, Hall’s rainbow gay pride lights appear faint from the road because of the shining white porch lights. He put up his display toward the end of Pride Month in June – inspired by the […]

Two years after Flying Heart ruling, public-access battle continues (ID)

Actress Demi Moore is fighting a settlement agreement intended to put to rest a years-long dispute between Blaine County and a private homeowner’s association over public access to the Big Wood River, according to a complaint to intervene and demand for jury trial filed in Fifth District Court on Monday.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Pal, pick up that poop (ID)

Pets poop. That’s a given. What is not a given is whether their owners will pick it up. Many don’t. And that’s a problem. A messy one.  Hawk’s Nest is hoping to clean it up — at least in its subdivision in northwest Coeur d’Alene.  It’s become such a crappy conundrum the former Homeowners Association president […]

Bitter over lack of support, ‘Christmas Lawyer’ says he’s leaving Idaho

Morris, you may recall, is the North Idaho man with a grandiose sense of himself as a religious martyr whose over-the-top Christmas displays, in which he deployed thousands upon thousands of lights, amplified music, live camels and donkeys and bused-in crowds, seemed intended to produce just what it did produce: a protracted, vindictive battle with […]

Idaho Legislation

Senate Bill 1263, was introduced by Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, and would allow a homeowners association to hold a meeting without giving a 30-day notice if the association needs to address issues involving endangerment or destruction of individual or community property.

Commission approves tax exemptions for Zellers Crossing HOA (ID)

With new home construction continuing in the Western Treasure Valley comes rules which must be followed. In Fruitland, this includes setting aside some space for common spaces, including recreational facilities.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Parked in HOA hell (ID)

Residents typically reach out to their HOA to handle maintenance needs. Afana is nowhere to be found, residents told The Press. He did not respond to Press requests for comment.  Further investigation led homeowners to discover the HOA was not properly formed and the covenants, conditions and restrictions given to each homeowner were never signed […]

A letter from the Indian Creek HOA (ID)

As most everyone in the Valley knows, earlier this month a fire was started in the common area of the lower part of Indian Creek by the use of a device called a Rodenator. This device is commonly used by farming operations and golf courses to control rodent populations that create dens, which can cause […]

Early morning fire damages condo in Idaho Falls (ID)

Idaho Falls Fire Department spokeswoman Kerry Hammon said two people were outside the condos when they saw smoke coming from the second floor and called 911. An adult inside the home got out on his own safely.  “One of the other neighbors reported the condominium quickly became fully engulfed in flames,” according to an Idaho […]

Building healthy Idaho homeowners association communities

When it comes to Idaho homeowners’ associations, a common sentiment is “a community is only as good as the people who live in it.” However, in terms of evaluating an HOA, the true golden rule is “an HOA community is only as good as the people who lead it.”    Read the article……………………………….

Questions linger after Flying Heart ruling (ID)

Though a judge granted the public the right to access the Big Wood River using a road easement in a north-Hailey subdivision earlier this month, several “No Parking” signs put up by local homeowners—and the question of their legality—remain.    Read the article…………………………

Blaine County wins Flying Heart Ranch lawsuit (ID)

A judge has ruled that the public has the right to park alongside a road in a subdivision north of Hailey in order to access the Big Wood River, marking the latest development in a longstanding dispute between Blaine County and the Flying Heart Ranch homeowners’ association.   Read the article…………………………

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Partners with HOA, Installs New Playgrounds (ID)

Children of Idaho Falls have two new areas to recreate thanks to the City of Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department and a partnership with a local homeowners association.  Located just west of Sand Creek Golf Course, the Dunes Subdivision HOA partnered with the City to install a new playground in Dunes Park. The HOA […]