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July 2018 Archives

HOA board members resign after Little Free Library dispute

California residents who live in communities that have homeowners associations might be interested to learn that several board members at a HOA in Florida resigned following a dispute over a resident's Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are part of a movement started in 2009 in which little structures are built in neighborhoods where people can leave or take books.

Woman and HOA in dispute over fish ponds

California residents who live in neighborhoods run by homeowners associations understand that there are rules that must be followed. One woman in Indiana is selling her home after the Silver Springs HOA ruled that her fish ponds were prohibited above ground pools. The owner of the property said that she used the fish to help with anxiety issues. However, the HOA filed a lawsuit against her in May 2018 saying that she continued to violate its bylaws.

HOA fines for U.S. flag result in lien on veteran's home

People in California who live in communities governed by homeowners' associations often must comply with certain aesthetic standards. A lengthy battle over a U.S. flag in a flowerpot outside one man's home illustrates the costs that HOA disputes can inflict on a homeowner. The retired Air Force air traffic controller lived in a senior community in another state. He received a letter that called his flag in a flowerpot an unauthorized object. The violation produced a fine of $100 per day unless he removed it.

Secondhand smoke and condo conflicts

Most condo owners in California genuinely want to get along well with their neighbors. This means that they understand the importance of courtesy in an environment where people share walls and common areas. In some situations, however, conflicts arise.