Tomish: Most people are problem for compliance in Sun City

With my experience as a SCHOA compliance officer, board member, and past President, and past vice president of the Sun City COA, and president of my own condo association, many short-term rental people are a problem.

Not all renters are an issue, but most rental properties are an issue with SCHOA, in my experience.

People who rent anything, such as a condo, house, car, hotel room, tools from Lowes, do not have the same affinity for others property as they have for their own personal property, where they call “home.” In Sun City, rental people do not understand, or in many cases care, about local rules, CCRs, customs, etiquette (such as how to drive/share roads in a golf car or even act in fitness centers/pools). We have all been exposed to younger “guests” or renters who cannot understand us older people and our slowness with physical issues in the fitness centers, as an example.

Many who call Sun City home have health issues that do not go away when we try to stay active in the gyms. It is the same living next to a rental property, such as a short-term timeshare, owned by absentee owners. There are many issues. Many cars, noise, property condition, visitors and wellness checks on the neighbor. How many renters know that when a neighbors newspaper is still on the driveway at 9 a.m. to check to see if they need help? How many understand the help available from the Posse?

SCHOA cannot address fitness center violations but can address property issues with the absentee homeowner, who may live up north and could not care less about violations or property condition or who the renter annoys. The owner lives in their “home” and the Sun City property is income, just like the Avis rental car.

If a person wants to own property for the purpose of generating income, my suggestion is to go to areas where it is welcome, expected and has appropriate maintenance, such as a planned timeshare, one of many planned vacation cabins in the mountains or on the beach at a resort. In other words, go where renters are expected and planned for with appropriate rules and conditions and behavior. Most rentals in Sun City are due to the owners passing and someone inheriting the property and live somewhere other than local. If you want income property, find a place where rentals are welcome and not force live-in homeowners to accept anti-CC&R behavior.

SCHOA is responsible for live-in homeowners in Sun City, not someone’s income stream, such as the Avis rental car office at the airport.

Bob Tomich

Sun City

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