Homeowner ordered to take down "Happy Birthday Jesus" sign by HOA


#1

Prince William homeowner, neighborhood group at odds over Jesus Christmas sign

There was a contest that showed another home in the neighborhood that showed a sign yet the HOA didn’t send that home a letter telling them to take that sign down. But that’s b/c their sign didn’t display a Christian message.

I’m so glad that I live in a home where I don’t belong to the homeowner’s association.


#2

Don’t these people have bigger things to worry about than a sign? Things that…actually matter?


#3

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Prince William homeowner, neighborhood group at odds over Jesus Christmas sign

There was a contest that showed another home in the neighborhood that showed a sign yet the HOA didn’t send that home a letter telling them to take that sign down. But that’s b/c their sign didn’t display a Christian message.

I’m so glad that I live in a home where I don’t belong to the homeowner’s association.
[/quote]Sounds like the usual religion hater nonsense.


#4

I’m sure they do.


#5

I hate strict HOAs. Our HOA is very relaxed. If there was a rule like this in our neighborhood then the HOA wouldn’t ask them to take it down unless it was like February and they still had it up. :rofl: Though I will admit there have been times when our HOA has gotten a little crazy.


#6

HOAs suck. But they did agree to follow the rules, and they broke them. Why anyone would want to agree to those rules, though, is beyond me…


#7

But the rules were hypocritically enforced.


#8

If it wasn’t the content but the sign, itself, that was the problem, then how come the HOA gave FIRST PLACE PRIZE to a homeowner who had a SIGN of about the same size on his front lawn? Definately uneven-handed.
Still…“Those who would give up liberty for safety…” And Mr. Henderson made that choice going in, knowingly.
Which isn’t to say he doesn’t have every right to cry foul over the other neighbor getting away with doing the exact same thing. Now might be a good time for him to attend a few HOA meetings, and attempt to get that rule changed.


#9

I refuse to live anywhere that has an HOA.


#10

Oh I don’ blame you. Given the choice I wouldn’t either. I am more a country person myself.


#11

little fish in littler ponds wanting to make lots of splash. HOA’s can be either a boon or a detriment to a neighborhood. This depends on what the local HOA charter was designed for. It is a neighborhood watch program where general behavior of property attendance, and adherence to neighborhood rules is administered. These were set up originally in gated communities, as an extension of DC&R’s which regulated housing types, design and landscaping and as residences were being built and sold the HOA grew out of this. But when people who have the tendency to become more important than their neighbors abuses can and do occur. Politics on a magnified tiny scale.


#12

I’ve got a neighbor a few properties down the road that tends to collect lots of junk. He also has several types of not-so-common animals along with some common types of animals. Most of us would like for him to clean it up or, at least, move it all out to his back 40. He lived there long before many of the other houses, including mine, were built. He’s a nice guy but, his place looks horrible. At this time, we have no zoning laws but, the health dept. has some clout. He was burining the body of a dead donkey and it made some of the neighbors that were next to his property sick. They called the state health dept. because, the local one has some of his friends in it. He no longer disposes of their bodies in such a manner.

Another neighbor, that just happens to be in the next county, came around with a petition for people to sign stating that he should be forced to clean up his property. I told her that while I can understand her feelings, I wouldn’t sign it because, people moved out here to get away from other people trying to control what we do on our property. I also said, that this has been done before wrt that property and they will clean it up just enough to get the authorities off of their backs and then it will start all over again.

The neighbor with the petition had moved out here from the local socialist city wonderland and is now trying to impose some of those ways.


#13

Oh, yeah, the people who move out from the city, and want to turn the country into the city. I read an article once in one of the local papers where some people had moved out of a city into a Western PA area, and were complaining because of the horse droppings on the road (lots of Amish around here).


#14

I hate people like that.


#15

I definitely won’t, when I grow up. I just don’t care what my neighbors do with their places. As long as it doesn’t affect me…I mean, who gives a cow?


#16

shrug Maybe there’s some other restriction that’s not mentioned - like maybe the sign was allowed to be part of a themed holiday display, or maybe they waived the rules for contest entrants. Either way, this dude chose to live under these circumstances, so I don’t feel any pity for him. Maybe if they’d done something really bad, but telling him to take down a sign? That’s not exactly going to scar him for life.


#17

I live in a development that has a HOA but only because the township required a certain amount of “open space” and did not want to be responsible for cutting the grass in the open space…bunch of idiots.

The original owners had to put up a certain amount of money to fund the grass cutting and when managed properly the money could last indefinitely.

Anyway, one of the board members sent a letter around proposing to use some of this money to build a playground. I immediately sent a letter back threatening to organize owners to fight this proposal. That proposal died and that member moved away a few years later for whatever reason.

It’s like any form of government, people feel power and act like bozo liberals wanting to control people and spend other peoples money. So far my HOA is under control. :wink:

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#18

I couldn’t stand to live anywhere I could see a neighbor’s home.


#19

I don’t know, but if you find someone who does, could you send them our way? We could always use a side of beef…

We can see ours across the road, but little more than that. And since they’re nice people, it’s okay.


#20

"scar him for life’ isn’t the point. The point is that he had almost the exact same size of sign that the guy who won ‘first place’ did. Mr Henderson’s display/sign was just as much of a Christmas display as the one who won first place. Only difference being that one said, “Happy Birthday, Jesus”, and the other said, “North Pole.”
If the HOA’s excuse is “NO signs”, then BOTH need to come down; not one win first place, and the other excoriated.
That’s absurd.