Archives for February 2011

Flag Displays and HOAs

The First Amendment protects a person’s right to free speech over any conflicting Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions of an HOA when the U.S. flag is involved. The federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act  states that associations cannot prevent flag displays on the residential areas to which an owner has a “separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use."  This means owners generally can display the flag in their unit and on their limited common elements, like decks.  However, reasonable “time, place and manner” restrictions can be enforced to protect … [Read more...]

Realities of Home Owners Association (HOA) Boards

Serving on a Homeowner Association Board is an important duty that contributes to the well-being of the community.  But it is an unpaid and often thankless job. Here are ten ways HOA Board members are continually reminded that no good deed goes unpunished. 1.  Difficult issues often require choosing between greatly upsetting the few or moderately upsetting the many.  Either choice will cause both results. … [Read more...]

Why You Don’t Own Your Front Yard

Most Minneapolis home owners are shocked to learn they don’t own all of their front yard.  People assume that the public sidewalk abuts the residential property line.  That’s a logical assumption and one that holds true in St. Paul.  So why isn't it true in Minneapolis? … [Read more...]

One for the Road

Have you ever wondered why some Minnesota cities operate liquor stores and bars?  When national Prohibition was repealed in 1933, states quickly designed their own systems for controlling liquor sales.  Minnesota’s law at the time allowed cities with less than 10,000 people to operate their own on-sale (bars) and off-sale (stores) businesses.  … [Read more...]

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