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They responded to Trump with a lawn sign. Then came a homeowners association letter (CA)

A few months ago, Bill and Diane Durston placed an “In Our America” yard sign in front of their Gold River home.  The sign, resembling an American flag, states: “In Our America, all people are equal, love is love, black

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State Legislature moved to restrict HOA controls over political speech (CA)

The state Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, to prohibit California’s more than 50,000 homeowner associations (HOAs) from suppressing the freedom of speech and freedom of association rights of their residents.  SB 407

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Stars and gripes flying in this neighborhood flag dispute (FL)

In his mind, Warren Erickson saw his collection of flags as an invitation to conversation and goodwill. Instead, a handful of neighbors are angry, his homeowner’s association is firing off new edicts and most of his flags have been permanently

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St. Johns County family projects ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag on garage after HOA complaints (FL)

Support for law enforcement officers is now proudly projected on a St. Johns County home.  The house once displayed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag.  “It doesn’t seem to quite be covered that a projector from a vehicle projecting on your

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HOA cites homeowners for hanging rainbow flag to celebrate diversity (AZ)

When Haycraft hung an American flag and a rainbow flag, which honors gay and transgender communities, inside a garage window to celebrate diversity.  The homeowner’s association sent him a letter five weeks later demanding Haycraft remove “unsightly items” from public

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Family debating HOA over Christmas wreath fine (NV)

A man living in the Arroyo Canyon subdivision near the 215 Beltway and Hualapai Way says his homeowners association is threatening to fine him $100 over a decorative wreath.  Milan Thakkar says his wife picked out the wreaths to decorate

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Hayden-area man with Christmas light extravaganza sues home owners association for religious discrimination (ID)

A Hayden-area man with a Christmas light extravaganza is suing his home owners association for religious discrimination.  “I thought all that mattered was what rules say,” said Jeremy Morris. “I didn’t realize it kind of doesn’t matter because they still

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Political Signs in HOA’s and Free Speech

The 2016 presidential election was one of the most vicious the US has seen. As a result, HOAs are struggling to decide between free speech or forbidding political signs. To learn more about HOAs, political signs and free speech, check

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Check With Your HOA Before You Decorate (TN)

Before you break out the crates filled with holiday cheer or buy that new outdoor-lighted display, you may want to check with your Homeowner’s Association. Whether you rent or own, the HOA’s rules apply to all residents of the community.

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Local family refuses to pull plug on holiday lights (FL)

With just days left until Christmas, a local family has found themselves in the middle of a holiday light fight.  They’re vowing to keep the cheer bright in front of their Debary home despite a recent warning from their new

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Keeping Your Community on Track During the Holiday Season

Holidays can be a lot of fun when you live in a planned community, condo or co-op. But when you are on your association’s board of directors, they can also be a lot of work. You have to make sure

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4 Tips to Read Before You Deck the Halls in the Homeowners Association

During the holiday season many homeowners association members plan festivities with friends and loved ones. With all of the merriment that’s sure to ensue, it’s important that the HOA board reminds residents who are hosting celebrations to not only be

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Remove Our Lady of Charity Statue (FL)

Our Lady of Charity is the patron saint of Cuba, a saint a little girl prayed to so her mother could be released from Fidel Castro’s prison. Now a South Florida homeowner’s association is forcing her to remove the statue

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Unhappy holidays at the condo? (NH)

Summer is distant memory; fall is slowly fading like the color on the leaves; winter is coming and the holidays with them, a situation that brings a certain set of issues not usually thought of at condominium associations. It is

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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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All About Political Signs in Your HOA Community

Regardless of yours or your neighbors’ political opinions, it’s necessary for your community to have rules and procedures around displaying political signage

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

provides that communities may not prohibit display of political yard signs “before any primary or general election.”

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

Lisa Ward, who lives in a West Loop condo building, received an email Monday. It said her “Flying of the W” off her balcony violates two rules of the Condo owner’s association

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

sometimes our firm receives calls from clients regarding help on enforcement of “over the top” Halloween displays.

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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.

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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?

While the presidential election is important, perhaps more applicable to residents in your homeowner’s association are the measures that will actually affect your local community.

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

Spainhouer says the board agreed to let him keep both signs up as long as he keeps the tape covering one name on each sign.

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

I can guarantee that the race for POTUS and all of the down ticket races will pick up steam and folks living in HOAs will want to place political signs for their favorite candidates and ballot issues in their yards

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Can your Association Prohibit Political Signs in Your Yard?

dealing with political signage in your community is an issue that must be approached with sensitivity especially with election season fast approaching

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Residents pack HOA meeting over blue ribbons (TX)

Other homeowners said the board agreed to establish a committee to help determine the best ways to honor various causes and show support.

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

It strikes some homeowners as ironic that the commemoration of America’s independence is regulated by rules and regulations that may limit or even eliminate their preferred method of celebration.

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

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 and Stripes and a POW flag

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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)

When it comes to private property, an owner must give permission to a sign holder. On the other hand, it is illegal to remove campaign signs that have been lawfully placed.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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

With Super Tuesday on the horizon, politically active Fort Collins citizens are looking to make themselves heard. Some, however, are having a harder time of it than others.

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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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