Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   What can homeowners do about short-term rental homes causing nuisances in their neighborhoods? In Arizona, not much. Short-term rentals are a hot trend in Arizona and across the U.S. Believe it or not, taking on lodgers for vacation rentals or special events is no longer limited to condominiums. Owners of single family homes have discovered a healthy market for families and larger groups of people willing to pay Continue ReadingArizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals

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HOA Issue #4: AZ court ruling on HOA power to fine: a game changer in the industry?

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Oct. 2017: Arizona appeals court rules that, before an HOA can legally fine a resident, it must first publish a schedule of reasonable fines. HOA attorney complains that new court ruling makes it difficult to impose monetary fines By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In October, 2017, an Arizona appeals court ruled that, before an association-governed community can legally fine a resident for a violation of Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions (CC&Rs) or applicable Rules and Continue ReadingHOA Issue #4: AZ court ruling on HOA power to fine: a game changer in the industry?

Tucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Continental Reserve HOA  is a planned community of 1,326 homes managed by Associa-Tucson, established in 2002. Typical of many desert communities in Arizona, its storm water system consists of dry riverbeds called “washes.” Most of Arizon’s rain falls in the monsoon season, which runs from June 15 – September 30. Storms can happen suddenly, are sometimes accompanied by high winds, and create torrential downpours. Rain water is temporarily collected in Continue ReadingTucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

AZ Legislator withdraws HOA foreclosure bill

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: It appears that a public awareness campaign and significant media coverage has prompted Arizona Senator John Kavanagh to withdraw SB1080, the bill that would have made it even easier for an HOA to foreclose. If you missed the orginal post explaining SB1080, it’s reposted below. State senator withdraws HOA bill that speeds up foreclosure process Posted: Jan 17, 2018 5:02 PM EST Updated: Jan 17, 2018 5:02 Continue ReadingAZ Legislator withdraws HOA foreclosure bill

AZ Legislator wants to make it easier for HOAs to foreclose

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In 2017, I posted an article highlighting The Arizona Republic investigation of a sharp increase in foreclosures by homeowners and condominium associations. In The Arizona Republic article, Attorney Jonathan Dessaules blamed the spike in HOA, and condo association foreclosures — a record of 330 within one year — on opportunistic foreclosure attorneys taking advantage of rising home values with respect to Association liens of as little as $1,200. As unbelievable Continue ReadingAZ Legislator wants to make it easier for HOAs to foreclose