holidays are upon us and many Homeowners are working diligently
to decorate both inside and outside their homes. Yes, it is a
joyful time. That is unless your Board believes your holiday
decorations are "excessive", "obtrusive" and
or "disruptive" to your neighbors. The Guinness Book
of World Records just announced that the "Richards
Family" in Canberra, Australia, now holds the world record
by displaying 502, 165 led lights, stretching over 31 miles on
the outside of their home. Additionally, the lights are animated
and synchronized to music.
I the only one seeing the potential for massive traffic jams in
their neighborhood due to visitors wanting to view this holiday
monstrosity? Australia is not the only country to experience
this "over the top' decorating madness. In the USA, most
states will too report, similar stories of overzealous
year's Guinness record was held by the "Gay Family" of
Lagrangeville, New York. According to Forbes Magazine, the
average Homeowner will spend $151.43 on decorations. Clearly
these two families FAR exceeded this norm.
what happens if your Association demands that you remove your
decorations? Do they have this right? The answer is simple. The
Board can determine if they perceive your decorations to be
"excessive", "obtrusive" or "disruptive". Yes, the Board has the right to make
reasonable rules and regulations regarding what is deemed as
acceptable decorations as well as enforcing your Master Deed and
State Condominium Act. In some cases, if you fail to remove
them, they just might remove them for you.
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