Tidewater Landing Veterans Club installs flagpole at clubhouse (DE)

A welcome home can mean a lot of different things to different people, but comfort is one feeling most people seek from their home.  Several veterans are residing in Tidewater Landing, a development that recently upgraded the cosmetics and durability of its sign, and felt something else was missing at the entrance to the development: […]

Tomball homeowners fly ‘Defund the HOA’ flag after ‘petty’ notice (TX)

The couple said they’ve lived in their neighborhood for more than 20 years, and every baseball season, they fly an Astros flag without any issues.  But, after the “Defund the HOA” flag went up, the Slivas said they received a violation notice on Aug. 23, instructing them to “please remove unsightly items from public view. […]

Another resident hit with flag violation in Union County neighborhood (NC)

Another flag controversy is unfolding in a Union County neighborhood.  Earlier this week, WBTV talked to a man in the Holly Park neighborhood in Indian Trail who said his homeowners association told him the Pride flag he has been flying freely outside his home for nearly 20 years violated HOA rules.  The fine print in […]

Neighborhood HOA asks man to take down Pride flag in Union County (NC)

Nick Crowley has lived along Council Fire Circle in the Holly Park neighborhood in Indian Trail, flying his Pride flag outside for nearly 20 years. He was surprised to receive a violation from the HOA on Monday stating that he cannot have the flag on his property.   Read the article…………………………………….

Can a Homeowner Association Prohibit Political Yard Signs? (WA)

Every election cycle, homeowners often wonder if it is constitutional for their homeowner association (HOA) to require the removal of a lawn sign supporting a political candidate, especially if they suspect it is due to personal bias from a board member. The answer lies in understanding the First Amendment and the nature of community associations.  […]

Flying the American Flag this Independence Day

As we prepare for the July 4th holiday, many HOA and condo residents across the country will display the American Flag.  According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the American flag should be flown from sunrise to sunset and may be displayed during darkness if it’s illuminated. In addition, the flag should not […]

House Bill 437 Overrides Certain HOA Flag Rules In Florida

House Bill 437, which Gov. DeSantis recently approved, expands the right of homeowners to display certain flags in Florida regardless of HOA rules. The newly passed law will take effect on July 1.   Read the article………………………..

‘Doesn’t make sense’: Condo board, resident embroiled in flag flap (ON)

“Approximately two weeks ago, I installed a Canadian flag upon the clear glass railing of my balcony,” he said. “I am a tenant in this building, subletting my unit from the current landlord.”  On June 14, he says received a telephone call from his landlord after they had received an inquiry from Bayshore Property Management, […]

Another New Law: HB437 (FL)

I can’t tell you how may fights I have been involved in regarding flags other than the U.S. flag flying above someone’s home and the fact that someone put down fake grass or stored a boat, that nobody can see, in their backyard. Well, here’s a new statute that solves both of those problems:   Read […]

The Flag Code Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1

The Flag Code, Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1 As Adopted by the National Flag Conference, Washington, D.C., June 14-15, 1923, and Revised and Endorsed by the Second National Flag Conference, Washington, D.C., May 15, 1924. Revised and adopted at P.L. 623, 77th Congress, Second Session, June 22, 1942; as Amended by P.L. 829, […]

How Should Community Associations Handle Flags?

Flags are a tough issue for any association looking to promote a tidy, unified curb line. Flags tend to make homes stand out from one another, and some cross the neighborhood style-guide into gaudiness or are so large that they overwhelm the rest of the landscaping.   Read the article………………………..

Problems With a U.S. Flag

A news item about a former police officer flying an American flag with a blue stripe  (for “Blue Lives Matter”) being asked to take it down by his HOA,  is making the rounds of various sites.  The original news article and the other sites are basically condemning the HOA for it’s request.  The articles usually […]

Flag flareup offers a reminder about the power of HOAs (SC)

Some of the most intrusive, micro-managing local governments aren’t actually local governments at all but rather private associations many people join, with varying degrees of awareness, when they buy a new home.  Read the article………………………..

HOA bars Mount Pleasant man from flying Ukrainian flag. Is this policy ‘selective?’ (SC)

The dual U.S. and Ukrainian citizen removed the flag after receiving a “courtesy notice” April 3 from the homeowners association, according to documents shared with The Post and Courier. The notice, citing the community’s governing documents, asked Sereda to “please display only the American flag.” Noncompliance would lead to fines, it warned.     Read the […]

Florida bill would stop HOAs from prohibiting displays of certain flags on homes

A Florida bill protecting homeowners’ right to fly certain flags outside of their homes cleared its second Senate committee Wednesday morning.  In 2017 Action News Jax brought you the story of a homeowner in St. Johns County who was told by their homeowner’s association, they had to take down the Thin Blue Line flag displayed […]

Ohio lawmakers revive bill to protect ‘thin blue line’ flag

Ohio lawmakers have revived legislation to allow a Pataskala man to fly his “thin blue line” flag scot-free.  For nearly six years, Thomas DiSario has proudly flown the striped flag at his Pataskala home in honor of his late son, former Kirkersville police chief Steven DiSario, who was shot and killed in May 2017 while […]

HOA residents may soon be able to fly the Betsy Ross flag (AZ)

State lawmakers have decided that some flags matter more than others.  On a party-line vote Thursday, the House agreed to allow residents who live in communities governed by homeowners’ associations to fly the Betsy Ross flag, regardless of existing rules. That’s the flag that existed at the time of the American Revolution, with 13 stars […]

Florida Lawmakers Could Revamp HOA Flag Rules

A bill began advancing Monday in the Florida House that would expand the number of flags that residents can display regardless of homeowners associations’ covenants or bylaws.   Read the article………………………..

Hot Topic Alert: Flags in Arizona HOAs and Condos

Flying flags in Arizona HOA and condo associations is a hot topic in Arizona this week! Between the pending flag bills currently in the Arizona Legislature and a recent news story and TikTok Video regarding homeowners in Queen Creek wanting to fly or hang a Pride flag on their property, it is a good time […]

Veteran fights to display US flag (NM)

An Albuquerque man who fought for our flag, in a new fight to fly it.  Jon Barrie’s homeowner’s association, fining him for having the American flag on his house.  Barrie’s lawyer reached out to KOAT for help with his issue.    Read the article………………………..

CAI Adopts New Public Policy on the Regulation of Political and Noncommercial Signs and Flags

Election season is here across the U.S., which often puts the subject of political sign regulations at the forefront of discussions between community association leaders and residents, legislators, and the media. This week, the CAI Board of Trustees adopted the Political and Noncommercial Signs and Flags Public Policy to help CAI’s state legislative action committees […]

Sign, Sign, Everwhere a Sign…..In My Association

Every year, usually around election season, the signs come out.  Let’s discuss some recurring sign issues that pop up (pun intended) in community associations year after year.   Read the article………………………..

Can Homeowners Be Asked To Remove American Flag In HOA Communities?

If homeowners have been asked to remove the American flag in HOA communities, trouble can follow. For homeowners associations, it is important to act with caution when it comes to flag rules, especially on appropriate holidays.   Read the article………………………..

Flags, signs can lead to fines: What to know this election (CO)

Whether it’s a flag or a political sign, what you display outside of your home could cause trouble, and not just with the neighbors.  It’s important to know what’s legal, especially with weeks to go before the Nov. 8 election.   Read the article………………………..

Olathe homeowners appeal HOA decision barring flying American flag (KS)

An Olathe, Kansas couple’s love of America and the Kansas City Chiefs has them facing unknown fines from their HOA.  They’ve been told they can’t fly either flag in their backyard. Since the flag flap started the Clarks have learned though Chiefs and other flags are banned by the HOA, American flags are not.   Read […]

HB2010: Flags; Homeowners’ Associations (AZ)

On March 30, 2022, Governor Ducey signed HB2010: FLAGS; HOAs into law which adds a new section to the Planned Communities Act (A.R.S. Section 33-1261 and 33-1808). This new law applies to both planned communities and condominiums and will become effective on September 24, 2022.   Read the article………………………..

7 Takeaways from a Story of a Homeowner Refusing to Remove a Flagpole

One of the hottest topics when it comes to HOA rules has to do with displaying the American flag. Typically, the issue isn’t whether the flag can be displayed – your right to display the American flag is protected by Federal law – but rather how the flag is being displayed. And it’s this issue […]