Several HOA bills expected in '09

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PHOENIX -- Several bills are expected to be filed during this year's state legislative session in an attempt to strengthen communities and address neighborhood concerns.

Several HOA bills to be filed

One proposed measure would give homeowners associations the ability to regulate "for sale" signs in neighborhoods while another would protect community features such as golf courses from undergoing significant changes without a vote by nearby residents.

A third would standardize how homeowners associations revise their rules.

Many homeowners associations are experiencing funding shortfalls as foreclosures and economic hardships cause residents to be remiss on dues.

Those involved in crafting the bills say the measures will help keep communities strong.

In some cases, homeowners associations have distressed residents by seeking to change the makeup of a community.

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