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/ Owner - July 2, 2012
  • Ex-Sky Lodge owner fined $10,000 without jail time after pleading no contest to felony theft charge (UT) July 9, 2024
    Based on the court’s findings, a receiver — the appointed officer who has custody of certain assets and can liquidate them and distribute the proceeds — was assigned to the owners association. According to court documents, the receiver was ordered to “audit the books and records going back 12 months and if a reasonable basis existed, for additional time periods beyond the 12-month time period.”  The receiver determined that “significant commercial and personal expenses of Abdalla or entities owned or ...
  • St. George got hammered in the national media as a water waster. Can the green spot in the desert become a saver? (UT) June 24, 2024
    Zach Renstrom was pitching water conservation ideas several years ago to a homebuilder in his neighborhood — and clearly boring the man’s wife.  ”One option,” Renstrom said, “is we just pay you to rip out the grass in your yard.”  She suddenly wasn’t bored anymore. “His wife looked up” from her phone, Renstrom remembers, “and said, ‘I’ll be damned if you rip out my grass so another Californian can move here.’”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Park City affordable housing residents ask city council for HOA relief (UT) May 4, 2024
    Residents of affordable developments such as Park City Heights and Central Park Condos told the Park City Council Thursday about unexpected HOA costs that are squeezing their budgets.  Luke McCarthy lives in one of the city’s 138 deed-restricted for sale units. McCarthy was able to get a condo last year after a four-year wait on the affordable housing list. At closing time, he said learning about the over $500 HOA fee he’d have to cover was a “rude awakening.”   Read ...
  • Experts say lack of condo-building comes down to risk, returns (UT) May 1, 2024
    Developers aren’t building condos in Utah because of design constraints, equity investment issues and the promise of a lower return for a much higher risk, according to a panel of industry experts and interviews with lenders.  The answers come after the share of condos fell to a record low in recent years in Utah and nationwide as investors and developers increasingly turned toward building apartments instead.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Failure of manway cover determined cause of Highland flood, not pipe burst (UT) April 16, 2024
    A neighborhood in Highland was flooded by what was initially believed to be a pipe burst, but Provo River Water Users Association said it was actually due to a mechanical failure of a manway cover.  The flooding happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of 6400 West and 10400 North.Tens of thousands of gallons of water were seen rushing out of the Murdock Canal, which is overseen by the association.     Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Fraud never pays’: Utah woman sentenced after stealing over $230K from HOA (UT) April 9, 2024
    A Utah woman was sentenced to home detention and probation on Monday after stealing from the HOA and putting the money in her own pockets.  Sharon Lee Ann Gordon, 66, of Hurricane, was sentenced Monday, April 8, to 12 months and one day of home detention, and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $230,000 from an HOA during her time as the HOA Treasurer,   Read the article…………………………….
  • Kamas woman accused of threatening to shoot construction crew for speeding (UT) April 7, 2024
    The documents state that Deleone had ‘aggressively’ asked local law enforcement and the High Star Ranch Homeowner’s Association to take care of the problem, but allegedly decided to take matters into her own hands by following and berating drivers she deemed to be going “too fast.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighbors of proposed Canyons condos sue over Red Pine Road driveway (UT) March 26, 2024
    Homeowners in the Timberwolf and Aspen Creek Crossing subdivisions have followed the condo development closely. They’re worried about traffic and safety impacts to Red Pine Road in upper Canyons Village.  They’d successfully lobbied the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission to ban a driveway on the property, which is behind the Escala Lodge, in 2012.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Fix our lights’: Murray neighborhood without streetlights for months, wants a solution (UT) March 12, 2024
    ABC4.com reached out to both Murray City and Rocky Mountain Power. The power company said it has communicated with residents and visited the neighborhood.  Rocky Mountain Power said that, based on the history of streetlight service in the housing development, the company does not own the light. Instead, the company says the responsibility falls on the homeowner’s association.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire consumes Moab Springs Ranch condo (UT) March 5, 2024
    Flames burn a two-story condominium at Moab Springs Ranch early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of Moab Police Moab Police Chief Lex Bell in his weekly report said fire marshals were called out to investigate and the source of origin was discarded painter rags, confirmed Fire Chief TJ Brewer.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighbor suing Park City Planning Commission chair alleges HOA cover-up (UT) February 13, 2024
    Bob Theobald filed suit against Park City Planning Commission Chair Sarah Hall and her husband Gerry in May 2023, alleging they violated building and land use rules while renovating their 7-acre property in Park Meadows.  Theobald is also suing city hall, saying it didn’t provide proper oversight and adequate enforcement.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Park City Council rejects HOA request to prohibit nightly rentals in city code (UT) February 3, 2024
    In 2008 the Bald Eagle Club in upper Deer Valley prohibited nightly rentals through its homeowner association bylaws. A proposed ordinance on the council’s agenda Thursday would have taken it a step further and enshrined the neighborhood’s nightly rental ban in city code.Read the article…………………………….
  • Heber City look to HOAs to govern short-term rentals (UT) December 24, 2023
    Heber City residents using their houses as short-term rentals could lose their business licenses if their neighborhoods’ homeowners associations have rules against the practice.   Read the article………………………….
  • Former Utah HOA treasurer pleads guilty to embezzling $232,000 November 3, 2023
    Federal prosecutors say a southern Utah woman pleaded guilty to abusing her former position as a homeowners association (HOA) treasurer to embezzle about $232,000.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Utah judge orders trial for registered sex offender charged with failing to disclose HOA presidency October 23, 2023
    A Utah County judge ordered a convicted child sex offender who is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life to stand trial on charges he failed to disclose he was president of his homeowner’s association.     Read the article………………………………..
  • Residents of Centerville condos had 6th fire in 10 years this past weekend (UT) October 3, 2023
    Almost a year ago to the day, a fire broke out in her building, which is across from the building that burned on Sunday night. In fact, she said this weekend’s fire is the third in the last three years.  Another neighbor, who declined to be interviewed on camera, reported six fires since she moved in 10 years ago. It’s a situation that has residents fearful of what could happen to them.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Approximately 25 people displaced after condo fire in Centerville (UT) October 2, 2023
    Approximately 25 people were displaced by a fire that damaged 10 units at a Centerville condominium, according to officials.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Utah judge orders trial for registered sex offender failing to disclose HOA presidency September 26, 2023
    A Utah County judge ordered a convicted child sex offender who is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life to stand trial for failing to disclose he was president of his homeowner’s association.  Read the article………………………..
  • Daybreak neighbors fear plan afoot to relocate ducks from Oquirrh Lake (UT) September 16, 2023
    Long-time duck-watchers at Daybreak’s Oquirrh Lake said Friday they’ve noticed a section of the population disappear recently and they fear the community’s association has plans to remove and rehome more ducks in the months to come.  Read the article………………………..
  • Construction chaos frustrates Highland Estates neighbors, prompts stop work order (UT) September 10, 2023
    The county stopped the work of three utility companies digging in the Highland Estates neighborhood Tuesday.  Neighbors have experienced numerous power outages, water service interruptions and traffic problems since at least June.   Read the article………………………..
  • Kaysville residents angered by city’s response to flooding (UT) April 23, 2023
    More than a week after a blockage in a drainage system and resulting flood that left a massive pit in their neighborhood, some homeowners and the developer were upset Friday over the city’s response to the disaster.   Read the article………………………..
  • 9-year-old boy hospitalized after roof slide buries him at Alta condominium (UT) March 17, 2023
    A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital after a roof slide of snow buried him at an Alta condominium.  According to officials of the Alta Marshal’s Office, they were called to a condominium complex in the town of Alta on Wednesday just before 5:30 p.m. following reports of a child who had been buried in snow from a roof slide.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Unprecedented’ Utah bill would allow developers to create own districts. Here’s why that matters February 28, 2023
    A new bill has emerged on Utah’s Capitol Hill seeking to allow landowners to form their own special districts in order to finance infrastructure projects with the aim of helping developers cut down on housing costs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Utah bill passes restricting registered sex offenders at HOA pools, parks, playgrounds February 15, 2023
    Nearly a month into the 2023 legislative session, Utah lawmakers approved a bill that tackles an issue raised by 2News Investigates into registered sex offenders and areas they can and cannot enter.    Read the article………………………..
  • Bill bans HOAs from requiring lush, green lawns (UT) February 11, 2023
    Tucked into a bill on condominiums and homeowners associations is a provision cracking down on lush, green lawns.   Read the article………………………..
  • Senate committee approves bill limiting sex offenders at pools, parks and playgrounds (UT) February 4, 2023
    The bill would restrict sex offenders from entering a pool, park, or playground owned by a homeowners’ association or other private entity.   Read the article………………………..
  • State lawmaker acts in wake of investigation that uncovered gaping hole in Utah law January 17, 2023
    A state lawmaker is acting in the wake of a 2News Investigation that uncovered a gaping hole in Utah law when it comes to sex offenders and homeowners’ associations.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA suspects plenty of blame in Draper flooding, others say no (UT) January 15, 2023
    The HOA president in Draper’s Bellevue neighborhood said the developer, a contractor, Draper City and Salt Lake County may all share some blame in flooded basements that “looked like swimming pools” amid heavy rain this week    Read the article………………………..
  • Questions on who to blame arise as water continues to flow into Draper homes (UT) January 12, 2023
    Earlier, an HOA leader said tree roots had clogged a drain, which apparently had been cleaned nine months ago. The homeowners’ association cleaned it again Wednesday morning.   Read the article………………………..
  • Murray condo fire leaves families displaced on Christmas (UT) December 26, 2022
    Two families have been displaced from their homes after a Christmas Day fire damaged units at a Murray condominium complex.  Read the article………………………..
  • Garage Grinches target condominium in Millcreek just before Christmas (UT) December 25, 2022
    Thieves targeted a condo complex in Millcreek ahead of the Christmas, allegedly cutting through a garage door and taking items from multiple vehicles.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire to multi-family condo unit in Park City displaces 20 people (UT) December 16, 2022
    Park City Police say 20 people have been displaced following a fire inside a multi-family condo unit Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities tell KSL TV’s Lauren Steinbrecher that police have arranged housing for all of those individuals displaced by the fire. The incident is in the area of 1000 Park Avenue.   Read the article………………………..
  • What happens when Utahns and HOAs disagree? This man says protections are needed (UT) November 30, 2022
    But those controlled environments and his homeowners association have been at odds in the past.  “I live in a condo building, with an HOA board and management company. My work schedule changed and I asked for a ‘reasonable accommodation’ to use the condo gym when I got off work. Instead of accommodating me as the law requires, for months, the board ignored my repeated, written requests.”   Read the article………………………..
  • Opinion: We can have solar power — without the aesthetically questionable roof panels (UT) October 24, 2022
    But to start this story at the beginning: Both of us are residents of the Stone Cliff community within St. George. Clay Wilkes, a devoted environmentalist, wanted to install solar panels on his roof. LaDel Laub, a governing-board member of the Stone Cliff homeowner’s association, held to the HOA guidelines and ruled against it, on aesthetic grounds.   Read the article………………………..
  • Electrical fire spreads to structure just off Dixie Downs in Vista Ridge Estates; numerous firefighters respond (UT) October 14, 2022
    An electric fire likely caused by biked being charged set a garage ablaze in the Vista Ridge Estates 55-plus community at 1331 N. Dixie Downs Road on Thursday night.  At least five fire trucks and over 20 firefighters responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze, which Vista Ridge Estates homeowners association manager Cheri Sanders said started when a parked vehicle ignited.   Read the article………………………..
  • Woman dies in Centerville condominium fire (UT) October 13, 2022
    One woman died in a fire that burned through parts of a condominium complex in Centerville on Wednesday.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA Treasurer confesses to embezzling more than $150K thanks to persistent homeowner (UT) July 1, 2022
    After years of questioning and independent research from a persistent homeowner, the former treasurer of the Lava Bluff HOA in Hurricane confessed to embezzling more than $150,000.   Read the article………………………
  • HOA fee shenanigans sour homebuying experience (UT) June 25, 2022
    There never seems to be a lack of material to discuss when it comes to HOAs (homeowner’s associations). Oh, how I wish we didn’t have to go there again, but alas, we do. Allow me to provide some context. This morning, I received a call from the buyer’s agent on a listing of mine that we have under contract together. We are getting ready to close and she was reviewing the final numbers with the title company when she noticed ...
  • Summit Park and Pinebrook wildfire prevention projects get top rating from state (UT) June 2, 2022
    After evacuations for the Parleys Canyon Fire, a wave of Summit Park homeowners signed up to have their property assessed for wildfire risk. Millions of dollars in grants are now funding work there and across Summit County.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Lehi man ordered to rip out his new xeriscape landscaping by his HOA (UT) May 27, 2022
    It’s the sort of landscaping that has the hearty support of everyone from water scientists and Utah politicos.  But you know who doesn’t like it? Hadley’s homeowner’s association.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Fox Tail Trail development draws HOA condemnation (UT) May 13, 2022
    James Letchford, president of the Hidden Meadows Homeowners Association, which represents all of the homes in the nearby area, said that the applicant will ultimately be able to make their own rules by establishing their own HOA.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Park City landowner accused of spending $3.7M of HOA funds on personal chef, nanny (UT) May 5, 2022
    A prominent Park City landowner and landlord renting out commercial and residential space on historic Main Street is facing criminal charges after prosecutors say he misappropriated millions of dollars on “significant commercial and personal expenses” including a personal chef and nanny.  The charges stem from Abdalla’s business dealings and management of the Sky Lodge condominiums and Union Square Homeowners Association properties on Main Street and Heber Avenue.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Tollgate City? Tollgate Canyon resident asks about incorporation amid North Summit Fire suspension (UT) February 25, 2022
    Could Tollgate Canyon become its own city? Residents say the North Summit fire suspension has left the remote neighborhood with unacceptable emergency coverage. Now, they’re looking for solutions.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • FOX 13 Investigates: They hear noises in their homes, and Utah law seems to be on the side of the builder February 15, 2022
    Both women live in a condominium complex in Herriman called Eagle View, built by Edge Homes. Residents here have complained about excess noises to Edge and their homeowners association, records show. A fix has not yet arrived.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Water conservation bill targeting cities and HOAs stalls in House committee (UT) February 10, 2022
    A water conservation bill that received a shout-out from Gov. Spencer Cox did not advance out of a Utah House committee Wednesday afternoon.  House Bill 95, sponsored by Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful), would prohibit cities, counties, and HOAs from requiring property owners to plant or maintain only grass. They would have to provide other landscaping options such as xeriscaping or other vegetation.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Senate committee passes bill limiting HOAs in display, landscaping rules (UT) February 4, 2022
    A bill putting limits on homeowners’ associations when it comes to political signs, holiday displays, and landscaping on park strips has passed a Senate committee.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • ‘No one else can force you to put it in’: Lawmaker proposes end to government, HOA rules requiring lawns (UT) January 26, 2022
    As a way to help promote water conservation statewide, a Utah legislator has put forth a bill that would ban government entities and homeowners associations from requiring residents to have and maintain lawns or turf.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Utah bill would prevent cities, HOAs from enforcing grass rules January 7, 2022
    A Utah lawmaker is pushing a bill that would dramatically change the rules for cities, counties, and homeowners’ associations when it comes to grass.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Predatory towing? Herriman residents share warning after being towed within minutes (UT) November 18, 2021
    A Herriman city councilmember and two of his constituents have a warning for the public tonight, after the residents fell victim to what they call “predatory towing.” It happened all within just a matter of two and a half minutes in front of their home. Although the couple admits they knew what they did was wrong, they said the tow truck driver’s behavior before and after the incident didn’t sit right with them.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Utah legislature considers incentives to ditch turf, ban cities and HOAs from requiring lawns November 16, 2021
    The Utah State Legislature is considering bills to encourage people get rid of “non-functional turf” and block cities and HOAs from requiring lawns.  The bills, which will be introduced in the 2022 legislative session, come as the latest winter forecast shows a warm, dry one.    Read the entire article……………………………….
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