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Homeowners Associations Research Guide

This guide is intended to be used as a resource to the laws governing homeowners associations, planned communities, and condominium communities. The guide includes references to the laws of the state of Arizona which govern the creation, running of and conflicts involving these associations. There are both online resources and print resources that are available in the law library.

The call numbers on this page link to library catalog records, which provide information about location, availability, and currency of each item in the Ross-Blakley Law Library. 

Westlaw and LexisNexis links will take you to the specified database if you have a password. These links work better if you are already logged in. The College of Law provides Westlaw and LexisNexis passwords to its law faculty, staff, and students. Links to these commercial databases will open in a new tab or window.

 Arizona Statutes

Arizona Revised Statutes , Title 33, Property: Online

The Arizona Legislature provides free online access to the Arizona Revised Statutes. The online version as provided is unannotated and does not contain historical notes or other library references. Users can browse by title and section, and choose “Next Document” or “Previous Document” links to view consecutive statutes in a chapter. The site includes access to past versions of the statutes going back to the Forty-Third Legislature, First Regular Session (1997).

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated: in Print

The Arizona Revised Statutes in print contain the official text and titles of the Arizona statutes. The ARS is fully annotated and includes notes of decisions, cross-references to other library resources, and law review citations. For applicable volumes concerning homeowners associations, look in Title 33, Chapters 9, 11, 16, 18, and 20. The library holds a number of copies; follow the call-number link for locations: KFA2430 1956 .A2.

Books in the Law Library Collection

Community Association Law in Arizona
by Scott B. Carpenter
This loose-leaf treatise discusses a wide variety of topics related to homeowners associations, including information aboutcondominiums, planned communities, nonprofit corporations, common law, and statutory exceptions to broad association power. This treatise is designed specifically for the practitioner, but it may also be useful for the individual seeking a broad overview of information related to homeowner association law in Arizona. 
KFA2514.C6 C37 2011 

Condominium and Homeowner Association Practice: Community Association Law
by Wayne S. Hyatt 
This resource contains information on many topics including common interest communities and community associations, how to create common interest communities, the functions and powers of associations, association governance, standards and enforcement of those standards, liability of associations, boards and members, and assistance with finding legal counsel on these issues. This resource is also primarily designed for the practitioner. 
Law Treatise KF576.H9 2000 Suppl. 2003 

Understanding Modern Real Estate Transactions
by Alex M. Johnson, Jr.
This resource is designed particularly for law students seeking an overview of information related to property and real estate transactions. It includes quite a bit of information related to the sale and purchase of property, and some information related to condominiums and communal ownership concerns.
Law Study Skills Collection KF566.5 .J64 2001

Condominium and Co-op Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Commercial and Residential Properties
by William Jay Lippman
This practical, easy-to-read guide explains the legal, business, financial, and tax advantages of commercial condos to unit owners, as well as all the lender and tenant issues and drafting concerns that must be considered to make these agreements work. This resource includes sample forms and helpful information for practitioners handling closings of condominiums and co-ops. While designed primarily for practitioners, this resource may also be useful to those who are seeking general information.
Law Treatises KF581.Z9 L57 2009   

The Restatement of the Law — Property: Servitudes - Chapter 6, Common Interests 
by the American Law Institute
Kept up to date by pocket parts. Volume 2, Chapter 6 deals with Common Interest Communities. This resource contains information on the body of law related to common-interest communities and homeowners associations. It discusses the powers of these communities and associations, discusses related duties and liabilities, governance concerns, and the relationships between the developer and the communities. This resource is very useful to the law student or practitioner seeking information about the legal background and current case law related to common interest communities and homeowners associations. 
Law Core 
KF395.A2 P7422 and WestlawNext

Understanding Property Law 
by John G. Sprankling
This treatise is designed primarily for law students, but contains a wealth of information related to property law that would be useful to anyone. It also discusses the rights and duties of homeowners’ associations in addition to information related to common-interest communities.
Law Study Skills Collection KF561 .S67 2007



  • Arizona Association of Realtors 
    The Arizona Association of Realtors provides information to consumers about living and selling in planned communities. Links are provided for consumer assistance. The website also includes many real estate forms including those that regard condominiums, HOA's, and planned communities. For forms click on the following link and browse the list:


Updated 4/2014



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