Love children? Avoid a 55+ homeowers’ association


By Deborah Goonan

In the state of Florida, where I live, Active Adult and 55+ communities are fairly common. Apparently the trend continues in Arizona, also a retirement mecca. Personally, I don’t see the attraction, but those I know who have chosen to live in an age-restricted “retirement” community tend to like having other people their age for countless social activities. They like the relative peace and quiet. The seasonal residents enjoy a respite from babysitting for grandchildren back in their home states.

But what happens if you want your grandchilren to visit you in your retirement HOA? That’s legally OK, but with some rather strict limitations. The arrangement must be temporary, not permanent. (So if you’re among the 4.9 million grandparents that ends up raising your granchilren, you will probably be forced to move.)

Now, what happens if you decide to open your hearts and your home to foster children, also a temporary arrangement? Well, it might not go over well with your HOA.

Here’s a story out of Tucson, Arizona. A couple is facing what they and their attorney contend is harrassment related to the fact that they are caring for three foster children, all siblings, on weekdays. The children will hopefully be reunified with their parent(s) sometime in October.

Watch the video, and let me know what you think.

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Posted: Aug 13, 2015 3:04 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2015 1:04 PM EDT
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