Condominium FHA Legal Neighbor Issues

Condo Fire Hazard or Religious Accommodation?

R.G. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

A new renter has long tree leaves hanging on what looks like a mini clothes line on the front of their condo door. It is against our condo rules, and I think it could be a fire hazard. Our condo building management is checking for religious accommodation, which I think is wrong since it is against the condo rules to have anything on the hallway door and a fire hazard as well.

Mister Condo replies:

R.G., I have always considered myself educated in the religious practices of others but I had to look up this unusual tradition. The closest I found was a Hindu tradition of hanging Mango leaves at a door as a sign of auspiciousness and joy. When a unit owner claims religious accommodation as a reason for not following an otherwise enforceable rule of the association, it is usually time to get the association’s attorney involved. Discrimination lawsuits based on religion can cost association lots of money and the attorney’s advice can be priceless in helping the Board avoid a costly mistake. My advice is for the Board to seek legal counsel before taking any action against this unit owner. All the best!

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