Decorations; Where's the Line?
December 20, 2013
you are in a condo or homeowner's association, most boards
eventually have a discussion Christmas or holiday decorations.
There are a few questions you can pose to help steer you
in the right direction.
do your governing documents say?
document allow for decorations in certain areas; for example
units or lawns. But
they don't allow a member to put decorations on common elements.
residential associations don't allow signs so the board will
need to determine if the item is in fact a decoration or a sign.
If the item has wording, I would ask myself, "Does
this item correlate with an upcoming holiday?"
This item could be viewed as a sign or as a decoration if
it pertains to a holiday.
precedent has been set or established?
have previous boards handled the situation?
Or what signs/decorations have been allowed or have gone
precedent by not enforcing the covenants can create arguments or
upset homeowners because they feel as though others may be
getting preferential treatment.
Be cognizant of decisions and exceptions made in the past
as they may be brought up in the future.
this will be a battle, is this one you want to fight?
far are you willing to go when the decoration may only be up for
30 days? Is it going
to be a calm situation or people going to take it personally and
get on a soap box? Here
in the south we have some people that are very passionate about
their beliefs. They
become very hostile if they feel their beliefs are being
threatened or discriminated against.
of these questions need to be weighed and evaluated before a
decision is made. Please
don't make a decision based on emotion and try to remain as
neutral as possible. This
will hopefully keep some peace in your association around the
a great day.