AHN PA Iss. #6-2018 (w)

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Tips for Getting Your Properties Through the Winter By Michelle Tomko

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“What are some common maintenance problems that associations might have during the winter?”

This Little Light of Mine — Should the Board Let It Shine By Michelle Tomko

I t’s your home. You want it to reflect you and your personality. You have the freedom to do that on the in- side walls of your dwelling. But what about when your religion, holiday practices or general aesthetics compel you to decorate the outside of your home seasonally? Uniformity is often part of an association’s mantra. But what should a board do dur- ing peak holiday times when decorating can get out of hand? Does the board even have a right to enforce regulations on such matters that can be inter- preted as discriminatory? And what about potential damage to buildings and common ele- ments that can occur while af- fixing these decorations to the eaves and exterior moldings? Accoring toMartinC. Cabalar, an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff in Morristown, New Jersey, an association can place restrictions on the placement of holiday decorations. “Restrictions can be created. However, if you’re going to create restrictions, they must be reasonable.” he continued. But isn’t reasonable an ar- bitrary term? “Not in the le- gal sense. If the restrictions are limited to time, place and manner of holiday decora- tions, then most likely they would be reasonable. Most im- portantly, restrictions, if any, need to be uniformly adopted and enforced,” Cabalar said. “You want to be careful you’re not discriminating based on religion for example.”

CONTINUES ON PAGE 14. “Typically, I would never recommend an all-out ban. It’s not to say there’s anything that would restrict an association from doing an all-out ban. But I do think if that issue was ever brought up to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and to “...it is important to tread lightly when coming up with individual policies about holiday decorations.” Cabalar explained how re- strictions can become discrimi- nation. “There’s at least two ways I think that can hap- pen. One, you adopt a restric- tion that obviously allows one display of a religion but not another. Or two, if your restric- tion is on something that is necessary to the practice of the faith or the religion.” Cabalar gave an example of an orna- ment that is traditionally on the outside of a dwelling. “One item that comes to mind is the mezuzah. It’s a small item that goes on a door. It is very tradi- tional in nature to the practice of the Jewish religion,” he said. Cabalar stated that it is im- portant to tread lightly when coming up with individual policies about holiday decora- tions. “I think you have to be careful when you are talking about restrictions,” he said.

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CONTINUES ON PAGE 15. sociations might have during the winter? “Ice,” according to Christensen can be a major problem. “You need to keep the steps, sidewalk and streets clear of ice. Ice damming is something that comes up fre- quently. By keeping your gut- ters clean and your attic prop- erly vented, you can avoid some of those issues,” he said. What are the warning signs

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