Arizona 40+, 45+ and 55+ Retirement Communities
HUD has provided an exception to Fair Housing Law, allowing a community to discriminate based upon the age of prospective occupants in an age qualified Arizona retirement community, providing at least 80% of the dwellings have at least one age-qualified 55+ occupant living in the property. There are other requirements, but for the purposes of this post, they are not pertinent. Per HUD most age-qualified retirement communities in Arizona have the option to allow up to 20% of the dwellings be occupied by one occupant at least 40 or older, as specified in the age qualified community bylaws. This is why some are saying they are 40+, 45+ or 55+ communities.
But HUD requires age qualified communities to maintain records to document the age of occupants of every residence within the community and prove they are in compliance with the law. If they are found to not be in compliance, the community will forfeit their ability to restrict occupancy based upon age.
Most Arizona "Active Adult", age restricted retirement communities require all dwellings be occupied by at least one occupant being 55 or older to simplify their record keeping and not jeopardize losing the privilege of discriminating based upon age.
The lists below is a partial list of Arizona age restricted retirement communities that can change at any time.
40+ Age Restricted AZ retirement communities, subject to review by the HOA:
- Sun Lakes - an unincorporated area of Maricopa County between Chandler and the Gila River Indian Reservation.
- Pebble Creek - in Goodyear north of I10 and east of the 303.
- Robson Ranch - in Pinal County in Eloy southeast of the I10 and I8 intersection.
- Westbrook Village - in Peoria northwest of Bell Rd and the 101 Loop.
45+ Age Restricted AZ retirement communities, subject to review by the HOA:
- Leisure World - in Mesa north of US 60 and west of Power Road.
- Sun City Festival - North of Sun Valley Parkway and west of US 60.
- Sun City Grand - in Surprise located north of Bell and west of US 60.
The remaining 44 retirement communities in the greater Phoenix AZ area require every residence to have at least one adult 55 years of age or older.
Contact author for a current list of Arizona 40+, 45+ and 55+ retirement communities.
Author: Sam Elam,
Arizona Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, SFR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Arizona Properties
Sam has over 25 years of full time real estate experience assisting buyers who are purchasing homes for sale in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley and AZ for retirement or investment.
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