For many California homeowners who live in subdivisions with a homeowners' association or HOA, they may find the regulations of the HOA butting up against their right to enjoy their property. In one case, an ongoing dispute about a small backyard swim lesson business is sparking debate and anger in the town of Sandy Springs. The City Council and around 900 parents have all become involved in the ongoing dispute.
One small business in the town operates a swim lesson business; while the town claims this type of backyard operation is not legal, the business had a local license for four years. Some members of the City Council have proposed a code to legalize the business, but a neighbor who complained about excessive noise sits on the Planning Commission, which will decide on the proposed code.