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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Option 2: You might get a letter asking you to take down your decor.

Option 3: You might get fined for breaking condo rules.

Constructive ways to balance your need to deck the halls with condo rules that ban decorations:

Talk to your neighbors

Take your holiday case to the board

"Don’t criticize or start calling anyone names. Suggest to your board they amend their rules to allow for holiday decorations within limits," Poliakoff says. Offer to write an email or letter outlining a holiday decorating exception that runs during a set period like Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.

Check state laws on condo rules

"There are laws in some states that do allow the display of items such as religious items or wreaths," Poliakoff says.

If you can argue state law, sharing a copy of the law with the condo rule-makers may get them to change their minds about holiday decorations. If it doesn’t, you can consult a lawyer to find out about how much it will cost to sue your condo board to force it to follow state laws.

By: Marcia Jedd

For more information on local holiday rules, contact Bristol Properties International via email at Bristol@BristolRE.com. 

Check your condo rules before you put up that menorah or Santa decoration, or you might find yourself taking your holiday decorations down a lot sooner than you planned.

 

If you’re one of the 62 million Americans living in condo and home owners associations (HOAs), you don’t get to take a holiday break from condo rules. Humbug, you say? Well…

"A hallmark of a shared ownership community is that you give up some of your rights for the good of the community. If there are restrictions involving holiday decorations, including lights and signage, you’re generally bound by them," says Ryan Poliakoff, co-author of New Neighborhoods: The Consumer’s Guide to Condominium, Co-Op and HOA Living.

I want to flout condo rules and put up holiday decorations despite an HOA rule banning them. What’s going to happen to me?

Option 1: Nothing may happen because the HOA rules aren’t enforced.

 

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