HOA Demands Homeowners to Take Down "Offensive" Christmas Sign

December 27, 2017

Lynn and Mark Wivell know the true meaning of Christmas, but, unfortunately, this year wasn't "the most wonderful time of the year."


The couple decided to make a sign that was so "offensive," the homeowners association had to get involved. The sign read: "Jesus."




A neighbor filed a complaint with the homeowners association about a decoration they noticed on someone else's front lawn. The neighbor believed it to be "offensive."


The Wivell's wanted a few decorations to show the true meaning of Christmas — the birth of Jesus Christ.

An HOA representative sent an email to the Wivell's claiming it "wasn't in the accordance with normal Christmas decorations," and asked that they remove the sign. The HOA considers the sign noncompliant with their rules and believes it should be taken down.


Lynn and Mark took no such action as they believe their decorations adhere to the Public Offering Statement (POS). This rule prohibits any signs on display in the front yard.


According to the POS, the board wrote, "No signs or billboard of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on any unit."

Mark argues back and says, it's "not technically a sign," but a Christmas decoration that adheres to the POS. The HOA disagrees.


"I'm quite frankly shocked," Mark told the Gettysburg Times.


After several emails back and forth, the HOA admitted that the issue wasn't necessarily the word on the board, but that it was the "size, structure, and illumination" of the sign. Mark said that there are no guidelines regarding the "size, structure, and illumination" of Christmas decorations.

This is the first year Lynn and Mark put up their "Jesus" decoration, and they have no plans to take it down until January 15, 2018, when all displays must come down.

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