New HOA bill speeds up foreclosure process

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A new bill filed at the state Capitol gives homeowners associations the power foreclose on property owners faster than they do now. 

SB 1080 allows HOAs to seize a home if the owner is six months behind on his or her dues. 

Currently, associations can move on a property only after someone has fallen one year or $1,200 behind, whichever comes first. 

[RELATED: HOAs face challenges dealing with deadbeat homeowners]

Critics of the legislation warn the bill poses a threat to homeowners and will lead to more foreclosures. 

But the bill's sponsor, Sen. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, says he's trying to protect the public.  

"Right now they can take your property or start the process when it's only $1,200 owed, which can be three months in some cases. My bill says everybody gets a minimum of six months before the judicial process starts," Kavanagh said Tuesday. 

[READ MORE: Homeowner attorney raises concerns over increase in HOA foreclosures]

For a homeowner to fall behind $1,200 in three months, as Kavanagh suggested, they would be paying $400 a month in HOA dues. 

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