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Bah humbug! You’ll be arrested for climbing this HOA’s Christmas tree (NC)

The cheerful looking note – adorned by a cartoon Christmas tree – was sent to home owners with a less than cheerful headline: “The annual request to stay off and out of the tree.”  What followed was a friendly holiday

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HOAs can turn into the Grinch when you deck the house in Christmas splendor

The cheerful looking note – adorned by a cartoon Christmas tree – was sent to homeowners with a less than cheerful headline: “The annual request to stay off and out of the tree.”  What followed was a friendly holiday threat

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Menorah-lighting ceremony back on after disagreement with PSL Tradition community (FL)

A large private homeowner’s association changed its holiday Hanukah menorah-lighting cancellation.  Now Tradition property managers will allow a menorah lighting to continue after coming to a compromise with local rabbis.  Protests from those all over our area showed up on

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Common Area Political Statement

The events of the past few days remind us how politically divided our country is on so many issues. It seems that in some cases opposing political parties disagree simply to be disagreeable. But in the United States it’s our

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Holiday Decorating: Keeping it Festive, Tasteful, and Fair

Since before recorded history, people have celebrated events, often decorating homes and public spaces to mark this or that special day or event. We still love to adorn our doors, windows, and other areas with festive décor at different times

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Homeowners association won’t allow father of soldier to hang flag on front door (PA)

A Reading man, Pennsylvania, and father of a soldier is fighting for his right to fly an American flag on his front door after questioning his homeowner association about their rule.  Russell Diesinger might be in a battle with the

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What Are the Rules About Election-Related Yard Signs?

Whether you’re a die-hard Trump fan, proudly tout #ImWithHer, or are taking the third-party approach, chances are you haven’t kept your presidential preference a secret.  While some folks limit the political discourse to the dinner table, others are a bit

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All About Political Signs in Your HOA Community

With Election Day right around the corner more people are posting political signs in their yards. Regardless of yours or your neighbors’ political opinions, it’s necessary for your community to have rules and procedures around displaying political signage.  Most states/cities/counties

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What Did That Say?? Political Signs & Free Speech (WA)

It is often said that this U.S. presidential election has been the most polarizing election in modern times, if not all time. Because of the strong opinions on every side, more and more community associations are having to address not

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Woman faces fine for ‘Flying the W’ at Chicago condo building (IL)

As everyone knows, the Cubs “Fly the W” every time they win. Well, WGN found someone who has to pay fines if she does the same at her condo, and she’s willing to do it even if the Cubs go

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Happy Halloween – How to Best Handle Over the Top Halloween Displays

I love Halloween! It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s only October 18th and I have already placed colored lights outside and have decorated our front door with a banner, scary door hanger with noises, a

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Action Line: Political signs, road closures and bed bugs

QUESTION — Can a homeowner in a homeowners association place political signs in their yard or at their condominium?  ANSWER — My editors said everyone knows what an HOA is, but there was a lot I didn’t know about them,

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Political Signs in NC & SC Associations

With a month to go before a major political election, questions about political signs are rolling in. Can we do something about political signs on association property? How many signs can an owner have in his yard? Can the association

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Riverside County Homeowner In HOA Flap Over Trump Flag (CA)

A Riverside County homeowner believes politics is playing into his home owners association’s decision to ban his ability to fly a flag.  The Eastvale man’s support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may be the reason.  Frank Hernandez, a retired

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Christmas decorations spark HOA battle in Avondale (AZ)

In an Avondale neighborhood, there is one man who takes Christmas decorating to the next level and it’s not sitting well with his HOA.  For the past 8 years, Ralph Turkenopf has created an epic Christmas display on his front

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Decorate for Halloween Without Scaring the HOA

Halloween is coming, which means doorsteps will soon be adorned with pumpkins and gourds and those plastic figures that scream when you walk by and those enormous blow-up bats … unless the HOA sets up rules far in advance. Here’s

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Manhattan designer says $800 fine for hanging peace sign in condo window is unconstitutional (NY)

Give peace another chance.  A Manhattan designer fined $800 by the city for hanging an illuminated peace sign in her window once again argued the regulation is unconstitutional.  Brigitte Vosse, 61, was hit with the hefty fine for placing the

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When House Rules Override the First Amendment

Condo residents ordered to remove “Hillary for President” sign from their window.  It happens every four years: signs and posters supporting presidential candidates sprout in New York City windows, on lawns, and outside apartment buildings. It’s a basic freedom of

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Four Ways To Set Decoration Policies Without Ruining the Holiday Party

People decorate for everything these days – from Valentine’s Day to the patriotic celebrations of summer and on to the fall festivities and winter wonderlands. Many people derive a sense of community and comfort from seeing familiar decorations at the

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Sign of the Times

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions behind us, campaign season is now in high gear. Many people feel very strongly about who should become our next President and would like to convince as many people as possible to vote for their preferred candidate. While not everyone has

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How Can the HOA Board Be Politically Correct During Campaign Season?

The presidential race is in full-swing and everyone is gearing up for the home stretch of campaign season. While some people prefer to keep their opinions to themselves, others want you to know exactly who they’re voting for and why.

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McKinney Homeowner Fights Back When HOA Cracks Down On Political Signs (TX)

A McKinney homeowner says his freedom of speech is under attack after his HOA cracked down on political signs in his front yard.  The first time you see the sign outside the home on Palo Duro Canyon Drive with tape

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Political Signs in HOAs: What Residents, Boards and Managers Need to Know (CO)

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a political junkie. But even for me, this political season has seemed like it has already lasted for an eternity and I don’t remember politics ever being quite this

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Can your Association Prohibit Political Signs in Your Yard?

Few issues elicit as much emotion as politics. Political discussions can turn a family dinner into a shouting match and even drive the best of friends into heated arguments. Adding fuel to the fire is record spending on political advertisements

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Residents pack HOA meeting over blue ribbons (TX)

Dozens of homeowners in the Cypresswood subdivision attended a previously scheduled HOA meeting on Monday following days of controversy surrounding blue ribbons put up to honor police.   Read the article…………

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How to Survive 4th of July in your Condo & HOA

People who enjoy a sense of order and clear-cut rules are usually happy living in a community governed by an HOA. Those who aren’t conformists, however, may have a tougher time adhering to an association’s rules, and the occasion of

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Stars and Stripes, campaign sign create a stir in Spearfish (SD)

One week before Americans celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday, a homeowners’ association near this Northern Hills community is in a tiff with one of its members and an adjacent landowner over a campaign sign and 20-foot flagpole flying the Stars

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Eldorado homeowner association board member censured (NM)

The board of directors of the Eldorado Community Improvement Association censured one of its own last week for removing a political sign from private property before the recent state primary election.   Read the article………….

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‘Tis the season for political signs (SC)

You can’t miss them dotting neighborhoods and roadways around the county and town. It’s political season and it seems candidates’ signs for various local and state races have filled almost every vacant patch of grass.   Read the article……………

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Florida Community Associations Should Tread Carefully in Restricting Political Signs

Every four years, as presidential elections heat up, condominium and homeowners association communities throughout Florida are faced with the issue of political signs being posted in front yards, on balconies, in windows and on and around the common areas. Association

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North Ridgeville (OH) man battling with his condo association over Trump sign

A U.S. Army Veteran is now going to battle with his condo association over campaign signs on his property.  “They sited it’s a violation of the sign code in the rules and regulations,” said Frank Kronen.  The Donald Trump signs

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Myrtle Beach woman refuses to move “God Bless America” sign, HOA issues fine

The Board of Directors at Cascades at Azalea Lakes sent resident, Jane Buck, a letter on May 20, 2016 that a sign posted on her front yard was in violation of the association’s rules.  Jane Buck says she’s lived in

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Can HOAs limit the display of political signs? (NC)

With an election year upon us, we’re again getting inquiries from our HOA clients on what, if anything, they can do to limit the size or number of political campaign signs owners can put on their property. The answer depends

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Homeowners association not feeling the Bern (CO): Incorrect application of signage rule causes stir

The sign in question was a Bernie Sanders sign, which the tenants had kept hanging since the June 20, 2015 Sanders rally at the University of Denver. Its presence only became a problem after All Property Services took over as

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Association limits campaign signs in common areas

Q: I am a candidate for the board of my condominium association. I made some campaign posters which I posted in the community center to announce my candidacy and to introduce myself to the owners. The association told me that

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Macedonia (OH) mayor, councilman headed to trial over stolen yard signs

A few campaign signs, plucked from the grass at the Villas of Taramina retirement community, have led to a criminal trial involving Macedonia’s newly elected mayor, a newly elected city councilman, a local business owner and an 81-year-old man.  Read

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How to Effectively Inform HOA Residents on Outdoor and Decorating Regulations

Setting clear boundaries is a very important aspect of the relationship that the HOA Board has with its residents, but it can sometimes be difficult to establish boundaries, effectively while still keeping everything peaceful. Here’s a look at some of

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Man at center of Lake Linganore (MD) dispute defends his tactics

He was the bane of his Lake Linganore neighborhood, with his outrageous, aggressive and sometimes obscene signs, his assertive personality and refusal to bend — even to the point of provoking the Frederick County sheriff to get involved.    Read

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A stand against ‘political correctness’ – Condo launches nondenominational holiday tradition (NJ)

The Holiday Inspiration Tree is in part a reaction against political correctness that Robin sees as impacting the holidays, making people tiptoe around anything that smacks of religion. She decided to come up with a symbol that included everyone, instead

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Valley HOA eases up on Christmas lights ban (AZ)

Townsend said she was able to get the HOA to compromise and agree to allow lights as long as they’re attached with damage-safe sticky hooks. She also found an anonymous donor willing to buy lights and sticky hooks for anyone

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And to all a Good Night: How to Avoid Culture Clash in Your Community during the Holidays

Sometimes advice on avoiding complications in community management is best served by a detailed legal analysis and other times it’s best to follow some conventional wisdom. The holiday season lends itself to the latter. While holidays are a time of

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Valley HOA says take down the Christmas lights (AZ)

Homeowners in one Valley neighborhood are upset with their home owner association for trying to take a piece of Christmas away.  Several families in the Muirfield Village community in Mesa said the HOA has told them to take down their

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Some neighbors happy Hayden (ID) light display is over

Sunday was the last day for the controversial Christmas Light display in Hayden, Idaho.  Some neighbors said they are thankful it is over.   Read the article………

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Condo threatens $100 a day fine for wreaths (FL)

A condo association in West Palm’s Lands of the President development is threatening resident Donna Sozzio with a fine of $100 a day.  Her “infraction”: placing a wreath on her door.    Read the article…………..

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Residents asked to pay for security for Christmas light display (FL)

Residents in the Black Haw Bluff neighborhood in Jacksonville has been asked to help pay for security.  The neighborhood has one of the largest Christmas displays in the area. The HOA is asking residents to pay for a patrolman to

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Punta Gorda (FL) woman upset over condo association’s decoration display

A Punta Gorda woman believes her condo association is treating her unfairly because of her religious beliefs.  Jacqueline Coleman has lived and owned her home in the Fountain Court condominiums for ten years. She said her condo board of directors

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Tis the Season for Stress: Holiday Decorations and Snow Removal in Community Associations

Every year as the holidays approach, community association owners and renters become passionate about two issues: decorations and snow removal. With some forethought, boards of directors and managers can avoid conflict and liability around these issues.    Read the article………..

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Neighborhood torn as viral holiday light show shuts down (TX)

A famous Christmas light display has been shut down after its designer says it has gone too viral for its own good.  Matt Johnson designed a now nationally-recognized light show at his home in Wind Gate Ranch on the far

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Holiday Decorations, HOAs, and Happy Homeowners

It’s the time of year when holiday decorations are hung and a festive spirit fills the air in communities across Southern California. Just because your community is governed by a homeowners association doesn’t mean that you can’t transform your house

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Free speech or harassment: Aggressive signs roil Linganore neighborhood (MD)

More than a year’s worth of pent-up frustration spilled over at a neighborhood association meeting Monday near New Market.  A crowd of homeowners packed into the Lake Linganore Association headquarters for its monthly board meeting to tell board members that

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