A Florida homeowners association campaigned to prevent an Orthodox Jewish family from building a synagogue within the community, with one board member saying that they didn’t want Jews in the area, according to a letter written by the family’s legal representation. Read the article……………………………….
On Wednesday, it was reported that hate mail directed towards certain religious groups was circulating around the Berkshire Forest neighborhood. Residents said fliers were placed throughout the neighborhood with food, seemingly dog kibble with it to hold the fliers down. Read the article………………………..
For those of you who are (or have ever been) part of a homeowners association (HOA), you have likely dealt with your HOA in some form or another. Whether it was because, according to your HOA, your grass was too long, your vinyl siding needed to be power washed, or worse yet, your garden beds […]
A Calgary condo owner says his Jewish traditions are being unfairly challenged by the corporation in charge of the property. He says the bureaucracy of the rules didn’t take into consideration his faith Read the article………………………..
If your community association installs a holiday display, is that holiday display considered religious or secular? Are Christmas trees, menorahs, Nativity scenes, or the Kikombe cha Umoja (the Unity Cup used during Kwanzaa celebrations) considered religious or secular? How can you tell the difference? Why is the difference so very important to understand? Read the […]
A South Florida Jewish family says they received a threatening letter from their condominium association as they mark a traditional holiday. The association says they can’t celebrate outside. Read the article………………………..
HOA religious discrimination is a real issue that can affect communities nationwide. Boards should learn how to protect the association from discrimination claims, while homeowners should know their rights. Read the entire article……………………………….
Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it’s time for the feuding over Christmas and Hanukkah to begin. Right on cue, a story is unfolding at a luxury Midtown East co-op. For years the board displayed both a large Christmas tree and a menorah in the lobby during the holidays. Last year, after a new board […]
The holiday season is here. Many homeowners associations may choose to develop holiday and religious display guidelines that are easy for residents to follow and simple to enforce. Have a happy holiday with these tips. Read the entire article……………………………….
The elevators at a Fort Lee, New Jersey, condo building will again stop on every floor during Shabbat after the condo board settled with Orthodox Jewish residents who sued over the service’s cancelation. Read the entire article……………………………….
A day after KSL TV first reported a Muslim family received a fine from its homeowners association over their Ramadan decorations, the HOA and the neighborhood developer have apologized. Read the entire article……………………………….
While a Pickering senior believes she was told she cannot host a food drive at her condo building due to religious purposes, the board says it simply doesn’t want to set a precedent. Read the entire article……………………………….
One Houston neighborhood is home to a paper shop, a hair salon, a law firm, a wig stylist, and a small Orthodox Jewish congregation that meets in a home. In the summer of 2020, the city only cracked down on one for breaking a deed restriction that limits the neighborhood to residential-only use. Read the […]
“Faith Over Fear Crosses” are supposed to bring people joy during this pandemic. One Columbia County HOA is making residents take them down. “We don’t feel that anybody has the right, whether its a covenant or anything else to tell us we don’t have constitutional rights to have freedom of religion,” said Ken Johnson. Read […]
On July 30, Senate Bill 652 was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in response to several incidents in which a homeowners association asked a resident to remove a mezuzah from their unit’s entry door or door frame. Readthe article…………………………….
Just this week, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it settled a housing discrimination case involving a condominium owner who alleged her homeowners association and management company violated the law by refusing to permit the resident to display a mezuzah (a small religious object placed on the door of many […]
The Enclave at the Fairways Homeowners Association must pay some $86,000 in legal fees incurred by Orthodox Jewish residents who sued the organization for religious discrimination in a 2017 case. Read the article…………………………
Q: The rules for our association permit residents to display “seasonal decorations” on their balconies and patios for a certain period of time before and after a “holiday.” However, these terms are not defined in the rules, and there is some debate among the board as to what this all means. Can you provide any […]
The American Founding Fathers unmistakably voiced their conviction that the government had no business getting involved in religion. John Adams simply declared “nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.” And Thomas Jefferson maintained that, if religious practices weren’t harming other people, the government shouldn’t be involved: “It does me no injury […]
This coming Sunday evening to Tuesday evening (Sept.29-Oct.1), this CondoAdviser contributor will be logging off and spending 2 days with family and community for the observance of the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana marks the New Year, pursuant to the Jewish lunar calendar. This year, we celebrate Year 5780! In this holiday […]
Q: I live in a condo in Long Branch, N.J., that wants to change its building policies to support Jewish customs. The board wants to make the condo’s restaurant kosher and install an eruv, a ropelike ritual enclosure that surrounds the building to allow more freedom of movement during Sabbath. Not all residents in the […]
On July 30, 2019, SB 652 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsome in response to several incidents in which a homeowner’s association (HOA) asked a resident to remove a mezuzah from their unit’s entry door or doorframe. A mezuzah is a small scroll that is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes to […]
A little over a year ago, a homeowner’s association governing a San Diego condo complex told a Jewish resident to remove a mezuzah from his home’s doorpost. Mezuzahs are small parchment scrolls containing two passages from the Book of Deutoronomy in the Old Testament, usually encased and affixed to doorposts of Jewish homes, designating them […]
The federal government will oversee a Northern Michigan cottagers’ association that had required prospective cottage owners to be practicing Christians. The Bay View Association of the United Methodist Church, an idyllic resort near Petoskey, amended its bylaws last year after membership overwhelmingly rejected the requirement that only church-going Christians could join the association, required for […]
A bill to enshrine the right of Californians to hang mezuzahs on their doorframes is moving through the state Legislature and is on its way to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom. SB 652 bars landlords and condo associations from prohibiting “the display of religious items” of a certain size on doors and doorframes. Known […]
Every morning, each member of the Samona family stops to pray in front of a small statue of the Virgin Mary that adorns the flower bed in the yard of their Novi home. They pause again in front of the tiny statue when they return home at day’s end. It’s been part of the family’s […]
The Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), 42 U.S.C. §3601, et. seq. prohibits a condominium association or homeowners’ association from discriminating against a potential purchaser or an owner based upon religious beliefs. 42 U.S.C. §3604 provides in pertinent part: Read the article……………………..
A religious law firm is appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a Hayden family after a judge overruled a jury verdict finding a Homeowner’s Association discriminated against them based on religion in regards to a Christmas light display. Read the article……………………
An Orthodox Jewish man has struck a deal with his homeowners’ association to unlock a pedestrian gate key to Jewish observances at the 55-and-over community in Lakewood, ending a dispute that served as another cultural flash point in the fast-growing township. Read the article………………….
The Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), 42 U.S.C. §3601, et. seq. prohibits a condominium association or homeowners’ association from discriminating against a potential purchaser or an owner based upon religious beliefs. 42 U.S.C. §3604 provides in pertinent part: Read the article…………………..
A wheelchair-bound frum Jackson, NJ, resident has filed a lawsuit against his Homeowner’s Association after the HOA refused his requests for them to accommodate his disabilities and religious rights. Rabbi Phillip Lefkowitz moved from Chicago to the Westlake adult community in Jackson in order to be near his daughter, who lived a short distance away. […]
He moved from Chicago to be closer to his daughter and her family. But he said he cannot practice his religion in the township home he purchased in a 55+ adult community…….Lefkowitz is suing Westlake Master Association Inc. and each Board of Trustees member individually for religious and disability discrimination. The suit was filed in […]
The community social room is typically one of the most popular amenities in condominium and homeowner association communities, and as such it must be governed with care in order to ensure all entitled residents an opportunity to enjoy it. Bans of any kind against the use of the community room, such as those for specific […]
Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance did considerable research in 2016 before deciding to move into a continuing care retirement community outside St. Louis. They took a tour of Friendship Village Sunset Hills and were impressed by its pool and fitness center, a calendar crammed with activities, the newly built apartments for independent living. They had […]
A Bakersfield resident put up a petition after the Homeowners Association ordered a wooden cross to be removed in front of their home. According to the resident, the HOA says the cross is a structure and it is against policy. Read the article………………
The welcome page on Highland Lake Estates’ internet site boasts about its diverse and multicultural community, but 11 Hasidic Jews paint a very different picture of the Highland Mills, Orange County, neighborhood. They have sued the homeowners association, property manager and board members for $7.5 million, claiming that Highland Lake Estates is hostile to their […]
It was recently reported in the media that a unit owner was asked to remove a mezuzah attached to the unit’s exterior door-frame as it was in contravention of the condominium rules, which prohibited owners and residents from affixing, hanging or displaying anything on the doors or door-frames of the units. Read the article…………………
The new Mosaic Church of the Nazarene nearing completion at Merrill Ranch Parkway and Felix Road has received notice from the Anthem Parkside HOA that its Christian crosses, blue flower pots and temporary signs are unapproved and must be removed. Pastor Kevin McGinnis said he will appeal the order. Sharon Wenzel, community manager for the […]
The beaded Hindu decoration hanging over Akhil Tripathi’s door has been there since 2009. It was a present from his daughter and was blessed by a Hindu priest before the former University of Pennsylvania engineering professor placed it above the entrance to his Center City condo. That same decoration, called a toran, is now at […]
Faith is important to Edward and Mona Hartnett. Edward is a disabled veteran, a former Green Beret. The Catholic couple says this year was especially tiring after Hurricane Harvey destroyed their northwest Houston home. “That’s what gets us through all the times of need, is that reliance on God,” Edward Hartnett Jr. said. A kitchen […]
A condominium association accused of Fair Housing Act violations after prohibiting prayer and religious meetings in common areas wants to change course. Cambridge House instead wants to prohibit daily, weekly and monthly gatherings for support and special interest groups, clubs, therapy sessions and seminars if the meetings include outsiders and don’t have a written condo […]
A Florida condo unit owner has filed a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, claiming that her condo association has discriminated against her on the basis of religion after it banned bible studies and other religious activities from being conducted on the common elements. For nearly a year, the unit owner […]
Donna Dunbar said she’s held Bible studies in her Port Charlotte, Florida, condominium complex every Monday for almost a year, WFTX-TV reported. But Dunbar told the station that since the unit she lives in — 919 square feet of space — isn’t large enough for the nine-person group, she’s used the common area of the Cambridge […]
A California pastor said the local homeowner association removed his church’s nativity scene. Pastor Mike Openshaw told NBC 7 the display representing the birth of Jesus was removed from exterior of the Lighthouse Christian Church. Openshaw told the news station he received an email from the Ranch Maintenance Agreement Board last Thursday asking him to […]
A condominium corporation found itself before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (Kamal v. PCC No. 51) after several unit owners alleged that the corporation had discriminated against them on the basis of creed, by holding an owners’ special meeting on an important Muslim religious holiday. Major repairs to the tune of $2,000,000 were required to […]
In 2015 I wrote about an interesting human rights complaint that had been started by three owners because of the date selected by their condominium and manager for the AGM. The owners claimed that they were discriminated against because the meeting was held on an important religious holiday for Muslims. They claimed that the condominium […]
Why build a sukkah when there’s no time, it’s too hot, and you might get a threatening summons from the Homeowners’ Association? read more: Read the article……………
Representative Matt Krause from Tarrant County has filed a House Joint Resolution, HJR No. 125. The bill proposes a constitutional amendment relating to a person’s free exercise of religion. It specifically states: “A homeowners’ association may not burden in any way a person’s free exercise of religion unless the burden is: (1) necessary to further […]
In 1993, the federal government enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The purpose of the RFRA was to allow a person to avoid complying with any law that interfered with the exercise of their religious freedom unless there was a compelling governmental interest behind the law and the least restrictive means of furthering that […]
Did you know that some condominium associations may have the right to keep a homeowner from posting a mezuzah at the doorway entrance? It happened to Barbara Cadranel of Stratford, CT. In 2012, she received a stern letter from her condo association demanding that she remove the mezuzah from her doorpost or pay a fine […]