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April 2019 Archives

HOA relents in dispute with mother of autistic child

California residents who live in a homeowners association may know what its like to be in a dispute with the board. One woman was threatened with a fine for shining blue lights to raise awareness about autism. The woman has a 19-year-old son with the condition, and she says that the blue lights have been shining outside of her home for years during the month of April.

HOA wants man to remove patriotic display from yard

A sculpture handmade by an artist in California is at the center of a homeowners association dispute in Delaware. The man's HOA wants him to remove a patriotic symbol, a life-size bronze eagle, from his yard. The former U.S. Army MP says he has dozens of eagles inside of his home, but it's the one on display outside that has ruffled some feathers.

Judge overturns Christmas light display HOA dispute verdict

Many California homeowners' association members are aware of the possibility of getting into ongoing disputes. This is what happened with an Idaho man who claimed his HOA discriminated against him because of an elaborate Christmas lights display. Previously, the man was awarded $75,000 in damages. However, that ruling has been overturned by a federal judge. He will now receive $4 for compensatory and punitive damages. He must also cover the HOA's legal fees.

What should an HOA do about neighborhood sexual harassment?

If you live in a neighborhood or community in California that has a Homeowners' Association, you may understand how difficult it can be to work with these organizations sometimes. HOAs have a notorious reputation for citing and fining homeowners for even the smallest of infractions. This can be frustrating for property owners.

What to know about installing a fence

California homeowners will want to make sure that they consider their neighbors before putting up a fence. This means ensuring that the fence meets zoning requirements and is entirely within the owner's property line. It can also be a good idea to explain to a neighbor why the fence is being installed. Those reasons could include to add privacy, to keep a pet from running off, or to enhance the look of a backyard.