Arizona bill would require HOAs to allow people to put in artificial grass

PHOENIX — A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would require homeowner’s associations to allow people to put in artificial grass where natural grass is permitted.

Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills introduced the bill after hearing from a Paradise Valley woman who installed expensive artificial grass but was told by her HOA that it was prohibited.

“Most HOAs are reasonable but you’ve got some bad ones,” Kavanagh told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday. “That’s when the Legislature has to step in and protect people’s rights.

“She asked me to basically change the law and I agreed.”

Kavanagh does not believe there will be any pushback, saying he got an agreement with HOA groups that would allow them to adopt reasonable rules regarding the installation and appearance of artificial grass.

“As long as they can be assured it’s good quality, it’s kept in good form, they had no problems,” Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh added the bill is also good for conservation efforts with the state facing a water shortage.

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