….And there have been at least as many reports of HOAs punishing owners and residents for displaying holiday decor, especially if it happens to feature religious symbols.
So it was only a matter of time before we’d see a report like this one from South Carolina. Homeowners who happen to be Orthodox Jews are being fined by their HOA for displaying an Israeli Flag from their front porch post.
You would think this is violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But association-governed communities, backed by trade groups made up of attorneys and management companies that profit from your HOA, condo, and co-op assessments, continue to argue that your association is a private organization and not a government. Besides, you “agreed” to abide by your contractual obligations to comply with covenants and restrictions, by the mere act of purchasing or leasing your home.
In essence, the twisted viewpoint of the industry giants that influence housing policy is that, in association-governed communities, The Bill of Rights Need Not Apply….
complete article at https://independentamericancommunities.com/2018/01/28/sunday-digest-battle-for-rights-in-your-hoa-condo-or-co-op-community/