Holiday decorations are an issue that Boards must deal with every year. Although decorations can be festive and exciting, Boards must sometimes prohibit certain decorations.

Boards must regulate decorations because they have an obligation to limit liability and protect the health and safety of all occupants. Additionally, the Board is responsible for maintaining a cohesive aesthetic in the interior and exterior of the property.  

In general, the Board is allowed to adopt rules limiting certain items from being hung on common elements for reasons of safety and aesthetic cohesiveness.  Problems can occur when rules are not established and there is a disagreement over decorations. Unit owners have the protected right to display certain religious articles, so the Board may need to consult legal counsel when creating rules or when taking action in the absence of any established rules.  

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