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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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Avoiding Campaign Sign Controversy in your Community

It’s summertime and it’s not only the temperature that is heating up. Although the November election is months away, judging by the campaign signs blossoming on front yards throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, political campaigns are already in full swing.

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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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Holiday Decorations

The holiday season is upon us and no holiday season is complete without holiday decorations. However, opinions vary as to what is tasteful and appropriate holiday decoration. While many view holiday decorations as an expression of the holiday spirit, over-done

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Woman says HOA asked her to take down Christmas lights (NV)

While people across the valley are getting in the holiday spirit, one woman says her HOA is a bunch of Grinches!  They asked her to take down her Christmas lights.    Read the article…………

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Windgate homeowner feels threatened by HOA over Christmas lights (TX)

KENS 5 first introduced you to the Johnson family, and their dubstep Christmas light display, last week.  The story is being picked up across the country. With the increased attention comes increased traffic for their neighborhood.   Read the article……….

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Ready to fly! Pueblo Estates (AZ) unleashes bigger Christmas lightfest

Santaville Station, Santa’s barn and Santa’s Workshop are set up, lighted and ready for the crowds — and Pueblo Estates’ annual gift to the community is back and bigger than ever.  The event has been moved to a larger location

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Woman vows to buck Christmas light rules (MI)

One homeowner says she has no intention of abiding by strict new condominium association rules about what kind of outdoor Christmas lights she can display.   Read the article…………….

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HOA backs down from lawsuit over Hayden (ID) Christmas lights

The saga of a Hayden man’s controversial Christmas display continues.  The West Hayden Estates Homeowner’s Association Board said Tuesday it will not be suing Jeremy Morris over his light display. The Vice President of the HOA board emphasized that their

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‘Tis the season

Here we go, it’s the holidays! And you can bet there will be headline news about excessive, over-the-top holiday decor on HOA homes. Because news media do what they do.   Read the article………….

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Battle brewing over Christmas lights on Bothell (WA) home

A Bothell family has racked up thousands of dollars in fines from its homeowner’s association and has been told to take down their Christmas lights…….HOA rules do say holiday decorations must come down within 45 days of holiday passing and

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Signage Posting Policies

One or two signs here and there isn’t a big deal, but when you have hundreds of residents posting for-sale signs, signs promoting their businesses, signs about religion or politics, etc., it can become a nuisance fast. If you are

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Christmas attraction ordered to shut down by homeowners association (IN)

A Christmas attraction in Hamilton County won’t be happening this year after the lights display was shut down by the homeowners association.  The Village Farms Homeowners Association says the massive light display has caused many problems in the past, including

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Huckleberries: A ‘War on Christmas’? Not so fast

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re aware of the plans by attorney Jeremy Morris to erect a ha-huge Christmas display in his new Hayden ’hood. And of the pushback coming from his homeowners association. The association is threatening

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Hayden (ID) man vows to fight lawsuit threatened over his planned Christmas display

When Jeremy Morris learned last month that his Hayden homeowners association may file a lawsuit to block his planned Christmas extravaganza, he fired back a one-word response: “Nuts!”  Read the article………….

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EDITORIAL: Political signs display constitutional rights

The state mid-level appeals court that decided last week in favor of Queensbury homeowners who put political signs in front of their house took the easy and practical way out.  The case involved a conflict between Peter and Peg Jasinski

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Holiday Decorations Spur Trivial Disputes but Raise Important Issues for Condominium Associations

The holidays are past; the ubiquitous holiday music has (mercifully) been silenced; and community associations that had been arguing with owners about the holiday decorations they were displaying, or wanted to display, are now arguing about when the decorations should

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Holiday Decorations And HOAS

Does your homeowners association have a policy on holiday decorations? Should it?   Americans love to show their holiday spirit. From flying flags on Independence Day to spooky set-ups for Halloween to twinkling trees for the winter holidays, we put a

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Neighborhood sets limit on holiday lights (KS)

One of the houses included in The Eagle’s video of animated Wichita lights displays last year, Dave Williams’ Lights on Barrington near 21st and Ridge Road, will be out of the rotation this year.   A change in the rules of

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Make a Good Impression: Signage in Your Homeowners Association

You’ve heard the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” But sometimes, it’s important to not underestimate the power of first impressions. Take the signage in your homeowners association for instance.    Read more……..

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Can HOAs prohibit political signs? (NC)

As we enter another election season, let’s tackle a frequently asked question: Can HOAs prohibit the posting of political signs. The answer: It depends.      Read more……

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