PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- It's not just package thefts that can kill the holiday spirit. Residents of a condo complex in North Phoenix said their HOA has banned outdoor Christmas decorations.
The decision was announced in a notice, telling homeowners they are not allowed to put out any decorations on the outside of their homes.
"I feel sad that we come into ours, which is usually lit up with beautiful decorations, and there was nothing, so it did kind of feel a little sad," said Lorene Jarvis.
"Everybody here pays for HOA," said Jeff Howard. "We should be able to put up what we want, and decorate the property we own."
Lenore and Jefrrey Culliver's Hanukkah decorations, along with the wreaths that were seen around the Pinnacle at Desert Peak, are in violation of the HOA's temporary policy. Due to a large painting and stucco project underway, decorations of any kind on the outside of the units are not allowed.
If you break the rules, there is a fine.
"$100, and every 10 days that you keep it up, it's another fine," said Jarvis.
FOX 10 called the Pinnacle HOA, and their attorneys sent us an explanation of the new policy.
- Holiday decorations are not permitted in the community this holiday season due to a large ongoing paint/stucco repair and maintenance project
- The Association is required by Arizona law to uniformly enforce its rules, as such, this rule must apply uniformly to all homeowners
- After consulting the firm performing the project, the Association determined this was the best way to keep the project on track because decorations may interfere with access to the relevant areas
- Ample notice was given to homeowners, the first notice was given in July, the project started in October and is estimated to take 8 months to 1 year
- Numerous additional announcements have been made via letters, at meetings, email blasts, Facebook, postings at the property, etc.
- This should be the only holiday season impacted
- In addition to project delays, the Association wanted to prevent decorations from being damaged by construction
- The fine is necessary to enforce the rule, because violations could cause project delays that cost the community additional time and money
- To date, no one has been fined, members have been responsive to the rule
- The paint project includes painting the doors – I’m sorry this was unclear when we spoke – so even a wreath on a door will cause interference