A FAMILY was visited by county officials and the Homeowners Association because they had too many lights and Christmas decorations.
The Johnsons’ Georgia home has become a magnet for neighbors and passers-by.
WJCL reports that in addition to entertaining passers-by with its lights and decorations, it is also a place for the community to donate food to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Melissa Johnson, the home’s owner, shared that she was contacted by the community homeowners’ association after she installed her decorations.
“During setup, we were contacted by the HOA to dismantle our bows, dismantle them, or move them elsewhere,” she said.
She also shared that she was visited by county officials who analyzed her facility.
Although she hasn’t broken any rules, she believes the matter is still unresolved.
“Unfortunately, the feedback has now come from the HOA, although we haven’t cracked any codes, our ad is too exaggerated,” Johnson said.
“You used the word excessively.”
The Homeowners Association spoke to WJCL and discussed their guidelines on holiday decorations.
“Seasonal decorations are permitted and the current board has had no discussion of restricting all seasonal decorations,” they wrote.
“However, it is within the discretion of the board to implement policies in the future affecting the extent of seasonal decorations to ensure the safety and quality of life of all residents.
“What is attractive and appealing to one resident may not be seen in the same way by other residents, and the HOA has a responsibility to consider what is best for the neighborhood as a whole.”
The federation mentioned an incident where an archway was over a pavement and claimed it was resolved and that if there was a misunderstanding or if anyone was offended they apologized.
“It’s important to remember that Southbridge is a community enforced by covenants and all owners took the obligation to honor the covenants when they bought their property,” they concluded.
In the Johnsons’ case, they have received no complaints from their neighbors.
In fact, her experience had the opposite effect.
“We had a neighbor who told us we would be offended if we didn’t put our lights up in his yard,” Johnson said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6907190/christmas-lights-excessive-officials-georgia/ I’ve been told my Christmas lights are too “over the top” – county officials visited my home, but I won’t take them down