How can we avoid a fine that the HOA is putting against us regarding a fireworks display that a sheriff approved?

The Home Owners Association had an article saying $500 charged for fireworks. Neighbors have been in the neighborhood longer than us. We asked and they said it was the first time they put the sign up. We are tenants and military so we know that sparklers and poppers are okay just like on military base. The HOA contacted our landlord and fined them $500 and our landlords want us to pay $550. A sheriff was on site later that evening and told us what we were doing is fine. Where do I start to fight this fine? Our landlord wants payment but we don’t feel like we need to.

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Washington

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The first thing that you need to do is carefully read all rules and regulations imposed by the homeowner's associaiton regarding the use of fireworks at the complex where you are staying and see if it has any applicability to the $500 fine imposed upon the landlord.

To me the $500 fine imposed upon the landlord for what you did does not seem right in that the landlord was not the person using the fireworks. Better yet, law enforcement approved your use of the fireworks.

I also suggest that you consult with your landlord about the situation as well. Good luck.


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