When summertime hits, more people are outside enjoying the temperatures as they start to heat up. But that’s not the only area that’s getting fiery: summertime means elections are right on the horizon. And that means a high possibility of campaign signs.
Limiting Campaign Signs in Your Community
Your HOA community is likely seeing more of these signs around—possibility a ton—and your board might be wondering if they have any control over them. Well, if your North Carolina homeowners association has a Declarations of Covenants with restrictions that pertain to signs, then you probably do have some say.
Now, you’re probably thinking about the First Amendment and how the right to free speech fits into this. While it might seem that this prevents HOAs from keeping political signs out of the association, many U.S. courts have upheld for a long time that homeowners associations have a right to prohibit these types of signs.
But it’s important to note that regulation of signs in your community is only allowed to the extent of a provision recorded in your Declaration of Covenant that gives you the right. Most HOA’s documents do include these provisions that prohibit signs unless they are approved by the Board or the association’s architectural control committee.
Allowing Political Signs in Your HOA
If your HOA Board doesn’t want to be this strict and would still like to allow residents to respectfully display political signs in the community, you can work with your association’s attorney to create a neural policy on political signage.
This would limit the the amount of signs, locations they are permitted, and the sizes of the signs. It would also include a limit on how long the signs can be displayed and require that they be professionally lettered. Doing so protects your community’s appearance and avoids bombardment with campaign signs everywhere while also allowing members to show support of what they believe in.
Situations like this can sometimes get tricky, and HOAs can benefit from hiring a property management company to handle them. For more information about HOA management in your community, contact Cedar Management Group.