In regard to the (well-written) article (“Overlay decision in Limbo,” Sun City Independent, Dec. 7, 2022) and various letters prior to that, I don’t understand why we in Sun City and possibly other age restricted communities must continually deal with this issue.
Who do the Maricopa Board of Adjustment people think they are that they can stand away and say that our rules don’t apply to certain people when Del Webb’s original intent was a community for people age 55 and older — and still is.
I was never issued a copy of the Sun City CC&Rs and I don’t know the legalities, but age restriction was a primary reason I and many others chose to make a home in Sun City. The rule of age restriction is the rule we all agreed to when we bought in here. No exceptions.
As to the people who are already violating that rule, SCHOA should have an effective means of enforcement to force expulsion of the “underage residents” after 90 days, and they should be able to take definitive action. Even 90 days is more than generous and who is to say that the young person/people couldn’t move out for a week and then move back in to restart the clock? Hopefully the CC&Rs specify 90 cumulative days in a year.
Perhaps there should be a monthly monetary penalty, which, if not paid immediately and with no action taken to rectify the situation, becomes a lien on the property, collectible certainly when the home sells.
We older people don’t like being hit in the wallet. If I’m reading the situation correctly, SCHOA has the responsibility but not the power to deal with violation of the age restriction rules and if we don’t give them the tools, we will all travel down the same road that Youngtown plowed.