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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • ‘A property rights issue’: Bill prohibiting HOAs from requiring grass lawns died in committee (ID) February 24, 2024
    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) February 23, 2024
    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 February 21, 2024
    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 standalone condominiums. However, a dispute arose in 2020 when county officials refused to record the plat, claiming TCR hadn’t submitted necessary documents.   Read the article…………………………….
  • City investigation at Elkhorn Springs IDs flaws, sets next steps for remediation (ID) February 9, 2024
    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 to leave their homes   Read the article…………………………….
  • Structural rot found at Sun Valley condos, residents advised to vacate (ID) December 13, 2023
    Residents and owners of Elkhorn Springs condominiums in Sun Valley are facing a murky future after they were advised on Nov. 30 to leave their homes in the complex’s four buildings due to structural rot.   Read the article……………………………
  • For West Des Moines condo owners, fire was only the beginning of their troubles (IA) November 28, 2023
    They fled the fire a year ago in the middle of the night with kids, dogs and plastic bags that held a few belongings. One elderly woman in a wheelchair had to be hoisted out of her condo from the patio. Nearly all of the 20 residents in the building were relocated to hotels, then forced to move again, while they waited to return home.  Read the article………………………………..
  • HOAs can’t pick and choose which speech to limit. Ban one flag, ban them all | Opinion (ID) October 10, 2023
    A homeowners association is facing a lawsuit and a young Idaho family is considering leaving the state because they felt targeted over complaints about their Black Lives Matter flag.    Read the article………………………………
  • They were excited to move to Boise. Now they’re suing their HOA for discrimination (ID) October 5, 2023
    Moving to Southwest Boise in January 2021 was an opportunity to start a family with his wife, Jenna. They looked forward to becoming a part of the community and the place he remembered so well — with its mountains, rivers and family friends.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Paint, money and control: Idaho homeowners say more HOA regulation is needed September 25, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Does your HOA require grass? A new bill — and trend toward xeric gardens — is coming to Idaho September 24, 2023
    It’s been an ugly year for Reggie Mace.  That’s how he describes the state of the landscaping at his Garden City homeowners association. But Mace, who is the HOA president of Townhouses at Plantation near the River Club, said he’s looking toward the future when the drought-tolerant grasses and native plants that were planted this year start to thrive.   Read the article………………………..
  • Harris Ranch homeowners lost a key battle against special taxes. Now they’re trying this (ID) September 14, 2023
    A group of taxpayers in Boise’s Harris Ranch community has stepped up its fight against a special taxing district it says is unlawful and unfair.  The group, the Harris Ranch CID Taxpayers’ Association, appealed the Idaho Supreme Court on Sept. 6 after an Ada County judge ruled against it in April.  Read the article………………………..
  • Limelight Condominiums to be rebuilt after fire (ID) August 4, 2023
    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………………………..
  • ‘Rotten foundation’: How a small group of homeowners is fighting against an atypical HOA (ID) July 30, 2023
    The brown Bridgetower sign at the entrance welcomes drivers off of Ustick Road with flowers and some small scale businesses. A kid zips through the subdivision on a scooter. Sprinkles water a green lawn. Children splash in a pool.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flying Heart sues county in protracted parking battle (ID) June 8, 2023
    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) May 11, 2023
    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) April 29, 2023
    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 new streets and parks.   Read the article………………………..
  • Charges dismissed against homeowner accused of cutting down Barber Park tree after lengthy HOA feud (ID) April 12, 2023
    The case against a Southeast Boise homeowner who was accused of malicious injury to property after he cut down some branches, a sapling, and removed other vegetation behind his home backing up to Barber Park ended in dismissal.   Read the article………………………..
  • County completes payment to Flying Heart Ranch, looks to put settlement in the past (ID) March 17, 2023
    In January, Blaine County finalized an agreement with the Flying Heart Ranch Owners Association regarding public access to fishermen’s easements within Flying Heart Ranch. As part of the deal, this month the county cut a $5,000 check to the homeowners association to cover cleanup costs on site.   Read the article………………………..
  • Legislation stopping HOAs, cities from banning ADUs clears House (ID) March 7, 2023
    A piece of legislation preventing HOAs, cities, and counties from banning accessory dwelling units is headed across the rotunda.   Read the article………………………..
  • Dog credited with sounding alarm about fire at local condo complex (ID) February 25, 2023
    One adult female was at home when her dog London began barking, alerting her to smoke and an electrical smell coming from a breaker box. The resident called 9-1-1.   Read the article………………………..
  • State will regulate Dry Creek Ranch water rate hikes after complaints over HOA’s increases (ID) February 22, 2023
    The State of Idaho is soon going to be overseeing rate hikes for water at Dry Creek Ranch after two customer complaints about rising prices.   Read the article………………………..
  • Dog alerts homeowner of smoke coming from condo (ID) February 21, 2023
    One adult female was at home when her dog London began barking, alerting her to smoke and an electrical smell coming from a breaker box. The resident called 9-1-1.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bill introduced to stop HOAs, local governments from banning ADUs (ID) February 18, 2023
    A Garden City area legislator is trying to make it easier to build an accessory dwelling unit on your property, but the proposal met some early skepticism at the statehouse.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOUSE BILL 076 — HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATIONS, FARMING (ID Proposed) February 3, 2023
    Bill Description: House Bill 76 would protect property rights by preventing HOAs from restricting certain agricultural practices more severely than state law and local ordinances do.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flying Heart river access case laid to rest (ID) January 27, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Bees, trees, police & an HOA: Boise man faces charges of cutting park trees after beekeeping dispute (ID) January 26, 2023
    A Southeast Boise man is facing a malicious injury to property charge after he cut down some branches, and a sapling, and removed other vegetation behind his home backing up to Barber Park, which Ada County says was public property.   Read the article………………………..
  • Live in an HOA? The Idaho legislature quietly created a new HOA act: here’s what’s included December 31, 2022
    The Idaho Legislature quietly revamped the state’s laws relating to homeowner’s associations this session.  Read the article………………………..
  • Idaho Supreme Court orders HOA to reinstate parking on small lot December 5, 2022
    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 parking lot on their property.   Read the article………………………..
  • (HOA’s) Among Those Awarded Drinking Water and Wastewater System Grants (ID) December 5, 2022
    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………………………..
  • Idaho Supreme Court orders HOA to reinstate parking on small lot. City of Eagle opts for spaces in long-planned city park instead November 23, 2022
    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 parking lot on their property.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA tells Boise homeowner to take down pride display (ID) July 13, 2022
    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 White House’s pride display, which he saw when he used to live in D.C.   Read the article…………………………
  • Two years after Flying Heart ruling, public-access battle continues (ID) April 29, 2022
    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……………………………….
  • Live in an HOA? The Idaho legislature quietly created a new HOA act: here’s what’s included April 19, 2022
    The Idaho Legislature quietly revamped the state’s laws relating to homeowner’s associations this session.The bill passed the House overwhelmingly, with a vote of 63-3, and the Senate 34-1, was signed by Gov. Brad Little late last month    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Pal, pick up that poop (ID) March 6, 2022
    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 is trying to raise money to resolve it through a GoFundMe campaign.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Bitter over lack of support, ‘Christmas Lawyer’ says he’s leaving Idaho February 25, 2022
    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 his neighbors.Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Idaho Legislation February 3, 2022
    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.
  • Resident: Lack of short-term rental enforcement puts residents and visitors at risk (ID) December 19, 2021
    Thornton Waite, the president of the Pine Haven Homeowners’ Association in Island Park, said the lack of short-term rental regulation and enforcement is putting the safety of both residents and visitors at risk.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Commission approves tax exemptions for Zellers Crossing HOA (ID) November 28, 2021
    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) November 3, 2021
    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 or properly executed, McGuire said.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Grass wanted: Southeast Boise HOA threatens lawsuit over synthetic turf lawn (ID) August 4, 2021
    Two Southeast Boise homeowners are gearing up for a potential court fight over their front lawns, or a lack thereof.  This spring, Ken Fox and Florian Penalva took stock of the drought and the long hours required to maintain a lawn during the summer months and decided to take a different tack.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Lawsuit alleges illegal wastewater discharge, breach of contract in Blanchard community (ID) July 23, 2021
    Homeowners near Blanchard are filing suit over a series of complaints including illegal wastewater discharge they say is causing a public nuisance, breach of contract and failure to pay assessments for maintenance of roads and common areas.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • A letter from the Indian Creek HOA (ID) April 29, 2021
    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 serious damage to swathers and mowers.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Early morning fire damages condo in Idaho Falls (ID) January 27, 2021
    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 Falls Fire Department news release. “While firefighters were in route, the two bystanders and the homeowner began knocking on doors and evacuating people from the ...
  • Building healthy Idaho homeowners association communities November 16, 2020
    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……………………………….
  • A new Idaho law allows homeowners to put up political signs in their front yards without HOA approval (ID) October 8, 2020
    On Saturday afternoon, Waller and her husband, who own a home in Boise, put up a slew of political signs in her front yard, she said, knowing they would get an email from their HOA, which they did less than 24 hours after they went up.  However, that rule is now outdated. In March, the Idaho Legislature passed House Bill 503, Title 55 which says “No Homeowners Association may prohibit the display of a political sign.” It also says no ...
  • Questions linger after Flying Heart ruling (ID) August 21, 2020
    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) August 14, 2020
    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) August 6, 2020
    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 paid for the playground itself and the Department of Parks and Recreation installed and will maintain the equipment in addition to purchasing the wood chips ...
  • Defending access is a good use of public funds (ID) June 4, 2020
    The May 20 issue of the Mountain Express contained an advertisement from Kiki Tidwell, an independent candidate seeking election to the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners in November. While Ms. Tidwell is not challenging pubic access and parking, she argues that the expenditures for legal and other services to preserve access and trailhead parking in Flying Heart are unjustified. In her view, less expensive and better results could be obtained through “reasonable negotiations.” On behalf of the board of ...
  • Effective Communication and Transparency with Internet-Based, HOA Accounting Programs February 23, 2020
    Transparency and effective communication are critical for the smooth functioning of a homeowners association. For the boards, it’s very important to ensure that the residents feel involved and informed, which is not an easy task. Apart from running business affairs, enforcing and setting rules, and maintaining and upkeeping of areas, one important duty that Boards perform is managing common assets of a property/area and finances.   Read the article…………………………
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