A 71-year-old man in La Costa has received notice from his homeowners association that his signs protesting immigration policies violate the community's codes, covenants and rules. He disputes the allegation that he broke any rules with the printed signs that measure about 30 inches across. They are taped on the inside of his front windows.
California residents may understand what it feels like to be in a dispute with a neighbor. However, a recent episode in Wyoming shows how disputes can turn into major legal issues. The Cody Ranchettes Homeowners' Association, which is in Powell, Wyo., asked a judge to compel a couple who lives in the HOA to conform with rules regarding exterior house colors. In its complaint, the HOA claims that the home has been painted in four different colors when association rules say that only one color is allowed on the walls and one on the trim.
Some homeowners associations in California are well known to micromanage property owners. The four-year legal battle between a man and a Virginia HOA illustrates this issue. His lawsuit is scheduled for trial as he defies the association's demand that he mow his meadow. He maintains that the 2 acres at the rear of his 5.6 acre parcel serve as habitat for native plants and animals. The HOA has repeatedly ordered him to mow the area.
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.
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.
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.
Many California homeowners live in neighborhoods with HOAs or homeowners associations. While these associations can provide an important service in keeping up an area and caring for common spaces, in some cases, overstepping HOAs can lead to disputes with individual homeowners. In one Texas case, a man says that his HOA is prohibiting him from selling his house and moving because they claim to disapprove of the color on his roof.
A dispute over Bible study at a community in Bakersfield was resolved through a settlement. The matter began when an atheist complained about Bible study sessions being held in a common area. After receiving the complaint, all faith groups were restricted from using this area. The suspension began just before Thanksgiving 2016 and was lifted prior to the end of that year after a lawsuit was filed.
A new municipal ordinance in Orange County, California is preventing one development area from hosting live events unless it can muffle the noise to the outside. The ordinance was challenged through litigation and survived its first round in the court system.
Champions of literacy in the state of California may be interested in knowing more about an HOA dispute that is garnering attention on the other side of the country. In Florida, a homeowners association is demanding that one family remove a structure resembling a birdhouse from their front yard. A small mounted lending library, The Little Free Library reportedly features titles deemed appropriate for young children. The right of the homeowner to host the library box on private property was first addressed on Dec. 1, 2017.