HOA laws for the 2011 session:
The 7 new laws, out of 22 bills introduced, affect due process protections for homeowners that levels the “litigation playing field”; homeowner meeting rights, including the right to record board meetings, as a check on abusive boards and attorneys; new restrictions on transfer fees; free speech rights to fly flags and political signs; and restrictions on fees for leasing signs.
They are: HB 2245, HB 2609, HB 2717, SB 1148, SB 1149, SB 1326, and SB 1540. All homeowner friendly, and as many would say, making for a better community and a better Arizona.
This Arizona session has been the largest pro-homeowner crop of HOA reforms in my 11 years of advocacy.
And it also included a sharp rebuff to CAI in its desperate attempt to retain influence over HOA boards through lobbying our legislators. HB 2441, the minority control / no court appeals bill – failed. Now, they alone, are setting out to put the spin on these new laws by offering seminars and classes.
The public has no alternative to this pro-HOA special interrests propaganda since the news media remains firm in its policy of No Negatives About HOAs. It would be impossible for the media to explain the new laws without reference to the abuses and lack of homeowner protections in HOA regimes.
Thanks to the tenacity of several outspoken Arizona advocates, the laws become effective on July 20th.