If you live in a community with an HOA, you know sometimes the rules can be a little strict, but they may have gone a little too far when one Tampa Bay HOA fined a homeowner for putting up Christmas lights too early.
A few weeks ago the Moffa family, who live in Westchase in Tampa Bay, hired a company to put up Christmas lights. The homeowner, Michael Moffa, said “that was their only availability, and I can’t climb up on the roof myself.”
Not too long after, Moffa received a letter in the mail from the Westchase HOA stating that they are in violation of the HOA rules and that decorations can’t be put up until Thanksgiving day. The letter went on to say that if the violation isn’t corrected, they could be fined $100 per day, up to $1,000.
According to the Westchase Community Association attorney, Jonathan Ellis, a neighbor complained about Moffa’s Christmas lights so the association had to investigate. “One of the things they’re preventing is from the person that has the holiday lights up all year-round or things along those lines,” said Ellis. “If there’s enough the community that wants to change I believe generally the Community Association of Westchase will listen to the residents and will make changes.”
Michael Moffa said instead of taking them down, that he would keep the lights off until Thanksgiving, but the HOA has not been receptive.
“Right before Christmas, who could be a grinch to hand this out?” Moffa said about the HOA notice.
[SOURCE News Channel 8]
Tampa HOA Putting Christmas Lights Early