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Old 10-28-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I live in a condo in Rockville, MD. This morning I received a letter from the Condo Association threatening to fine me if I do not take down my "clothesline with banners." They included a packet of rules. The only thing I found was you are not allowed to hang a clothesline from your balcony.

Needless to say, I am very upset. I left a message for the condo manager letting him know what they are. I also told him it's not a clothesline, rather a piece of string with 5 Buddhist prayer flags.

Is this even legal? I feel like it's a violation of my civil rights.

Thanks
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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I just talked to him in person and he told me I had to take them down. I told him I thought it was terrible since I am Buddhist, and he said "Well you're entitled to your opinion." I am in utter disbelief.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Where are you hanging this flag?
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Where are you hanging this flag?
They want all condos to reflect a neat appearance. They have set a bunch of rules and if you don't follow them, they fine you. I guess they think prayer flags look trashy..? Go figure.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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My flags are hanging on my balcony. They are attached to the underside of the balcony above me. I also have small chimes hanging.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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You can ask for a hearing with the board... though they'll probably ask you to appear for a hearing. I'd ask for one anyway.

Can you put the flags on some type of pole instead? That might be ok.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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I think it might help if you get a pole as well though I'm not sure of the assoc guidelines.

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They want all condos to reflect a neat appearance. They have set a bunch of rules and if you don't follow them, they fine you. I guess they think prayer flags look trashy..? Go figure.
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My flags are hanging on my balcony. They are attached to the underside of the balcony above me. I also have small chimes hanging.
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Scroll down to Montgomery County and there is a number for you to call as well as another link.

Unfortunately I have little experience with condo assoc and have only heard less than positive stories in regards to dealing with these people.

Also as a Buddhist I do find it disappointing but what I would do is to find a smaller flag (assuming this is a 3x5 ft?) if there is any available.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Is this even legal? I feel like it's a violation of my civil rights.
You might have a legal case if the flags are an expression of your religious belief. It sounds analogous to banning a mezzuzah on the door when the resident is Jewish.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:49 AM
 
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I'd suggest getting a copy of the condo association rules.

Ideally, you would have read (and understood) the rules prior to moving in to the condo.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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You might have a legal case if the flags are an expression of your religious belief. It sounds analogous to banning a mezzuzah on the door when the resident is Jewish.
You might be able to but private organizations can discriminate against religions if they want to. If it was public housing, then this would be a non-issue, but it sounds like it's just a normal condo association.

Akio, I would consult a lawyer on this, and definitely double check your association bylaws. It sounds like you'll need some type of arbitration to resolve this.
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