L.P. from Michigan writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We have a service in our area run by the Kiwanis club displaying an American Flag on special holidays about 6-8 times a year. The service is a private pay and the club provides the flag. The holders are on common grounds, approved by the association membership and are maintained by the club. Can an association use this manner of US flag display to meet the rights of co-owners? Does the association need to go further giving a co-owner more control on displaying their own American flag?
Mister Condo replies:
L.P., I am not sure I fully understand your question. It seems you are implying that the only flags allowed on display within the association are those provided by the association via the Kiwanis Club. Is the association restricting the individual unit owners from displaying their own flags? If so, this could be a legally tricky matter best left to an association attorney to figure out. I am not familiar with Michigan community association laws with regards to flag display but it is common for any homeowner to have the right to display the American flag, regardless of what other flag displays are offered by the association. Like I said, I am neither an attorney or an expert in the law in your region. I recommend you get a legal opinion to help answer your question more fully. Good luck!