: My board has directed me to write to a homeowner to remove a string of old and faded flags she has hanging in the front of the unit. From what we have been told, they are probably Buddhist prayer flags. Is there any restriction about enforcing a architectural rule because it might be a religious symbol?
. Owners are allowed to have "noncommercial signs, posters, flags, or banners on or in an owner's separate interest, except as required for the protection of public health or safety or if the posting or display would violate a local, state, or federal law." (Civ. Code §4710
When it comes to balconies and patios, some governing documents make them part of the owner's separate interest, others make them exclusive use common area. You will need to check your documents to see if you can ban the flags.
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