HOA rules and regulations can get sticky sometimes, but the Home Owner’s Association at JP Ranch in Calimesa, California wants a homeowner to remove his American Flag and flag pole he erected in his backyard claiming he did not get approval or permission from the HOA for it.
The Calimesa HOA, JP Ranch Maintenance Corporation, fined the homeowner $300 and is requiring the removal of the flagpole.
California law says “No governing document” can “Limit or prohibit, the display of the flag of the United States.” Flying the flag is an American right. “The law couldn’t be more clear on this issue,” says Brian Kabateck, a Los Angeles consumer attorney. “You can make no prohibition about putting up a flag.”
An attorney for JP Ranch sent a statement to NBC4, saying it’s not the flag that’s the problem, it’s the flagpole.
It sounds to us that an exception definitely needs to be made in this particular case, or the HOA is going to find itself in a legal battle they may lose, and a public court that will surely condemn them.
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