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.
Residents in a California town are at odds over children skateboarding on a ramp constructed on one 50-year-old man's property. The man works with children in crisis, and he says skateboarding is an activity that the children enjoy and is better for them than video games. However, one of his neighbors said that the use of the ramp creates noise and is an invasion of privacy.
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.
California residents who buy homes in planned communities or in developments with homeowners associations usually a sign document known as the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions. These documents place restrictions on what property owners can do with their property or limit certain types of behavior, and homeowners usually agree to them because they wish to protect their investments and avoid annoying or offensive neighbors.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal in California reversed the decision of a lower court judge in a request for an injunction against Mandalay Shores Community Association. A couple requested the injunction against a rule imposing a 30-day minimum rental period for properties in Oxnard Shores. At issue is whether the HOA followed regulations before imposing such rules in a coastal area.
California residents who have had disputes with their homeowners association might be interested in a case that is unfolding in another state. The company that owns a home in a neighborhood outside of Aspen, Colorado, Epic View, has filed a lawsuit against that neighborhood's HOA alleging that it was wrongfully fined by the HOA.
California residents who are thinking about buying a home should consider the presence of a homeowners association prior to closing on a property. For some, having an HOA is the only way that they would consider buying a home. However, others may balk at the thought of following an organization's rules. One positive of being part of a homeowners association is that common areas are maintained by someone else.
Neighboring couples in California do not get along after one party to the dispute did work to her home over a two-year period. The noisy construction work lasted into the evening hours in some cases, and the Los Angeles Police Department had to be called many times. The neighbors have restraining orders against each other, and one woman says that the other has put vulgar words and messages on a balcony and in the front yard.