Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill prohibiting homeowner associations from regulating political signs that may be critical of the HOA.

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PHOENIX — Homeowner associations in Arizona will now have a more difficult time regulating residents attempting khổng lồ organize against the HOA after lawmakers have successfully passed a new mix of guidelines.

House Bill 2158 intends lớn protect the rights of residents who choose to speak out against their HOA managers by barring associations from controlling certain forms of expression và activism.

Supporters of the bill told legislators that "oppressive" HOAs have gotten out of control with how they attempt lớn silence critics who may attempt to lớn voice objections during community meetings.

"They cut us off when they don"t like what we"re saying," one Arizona resident said during a Senate committee meeting last month.

State Rep. John Kavanaugh, R-Scottsdale, said the law is intended lớn rein in a small minority of HOAs that have implemented "unreasonable" rules.

The bill specifically protects a resident"s right khổng lồ participate in HOA elections by posting association-related political signs or holding community events.

HOAs also can"t restrict the posting of notices for informal member meetings on physical or electronic bulletin boards used by the association.

Board of Director elections or recallsPotential or actual ballot issuesRevisions to the community documentsProperty maintenance or safety issuesAny other community business or actions

David Hill advocated for the passage of HB 2158 & claimed the legislation was needed to lớn allow HOA residents to speak freely without the threat of fines or citations from their associations.

Hill told state legislators he"s seen political flyers be removed because they were critical of his HOA board members.

"Some people have likened living in an HOA lớn Cold War-era Berlin, where the sign reads "Warning: Leaving the American Zone,"" Hill said.

Some local HOAs have earned negative reputations in recent years regarding how they"ve attempted lớn control conflicts within their communities.

A Gilbert association allegedly threatened to lớn issue fines to lớn residents for posting unflattering remarks on a community Facebook page.

The resident of a Maricopa HOA received a cease-and-desist letter in 2019 from his association after making public complaints about the neighborhood"s sidewalks.

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