People are starting to realize that homeowners are cracking down on condominiums in strange, subtle ways

HOMEOWNERS have resorted to irritating HOA rules by installing plastic pink flamingos right in their front yards.

The colorful decorations are so notorious for sparking tensions between residents and HOA boards that they have become a symbol of resistance.

Homeowners have boldly displayed pink plastic flamingos in their front yards despite protests from homeowners associations

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Homeowners have boldly displayed pink plastic flamingos in their front yards despite protests from homeowners associationsPhoto credit: Getty
The pink flamingos symbolize anti-HOA sentiments after boards across the county deemed them too gaudy for a cohesive neighborhood

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The pink flamingos symbolize anti-HOA sentiments after boards across the county deemed them too gaudy for a cohesive neighborhoodPhoto credit: Getty

First designed in 1957, the pink plastic lawn flamingo immediately gained popularity as a way for suburbanites to spruce up their manicured green lawns.

But as the feathered friends on the front lawn became more popular, homeowners’ associations began addressing them in neighborhood-wide rules and demanding a more uniform look.

One proud homeowner, Jonathan Friedrich, used it as a sign of defiance during a six-year legal battle with his HOA affiliate, ABC KTNV reported.

In early 2020, the Nevada resident recovered nearly $300,000 in fees after proving he was improperly charged for property maintenance fees by a nearby HOA.

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Even though he lived in a gated community, he proved he was not part of the HOA while proudly flying a flamingo flag in front of his home.

In Orlando, Florida, it only took two bright pink flamingos to cause a $3,400 disaster.

A couple was fined $25 a day in 2000 for picking up a pair of flamingos, but they refused to pay the fee Orlando Sentinel reported at the time.

When the amount grew to thousands of dollars, the couple sold their home and the money was forfeited by the courts.

A judge had to determine who received the money from the flamingo fees.

Another resident fed up with his homeowners association figured out how to get sweet revenge after being told pink flamingos couldn’t decorate his lawn.

To get around the rules, he decided to come up with an outlandish Christmas decoration idea, Reddit user u/naranghim said in one post.

Each HOA member had to create a theme each year to celebrate the holiday.

This year, he told the board that his home would represent “Christmas in Paradise,” balancing out the winter blues with bright colors.

They immediately agreed to the idea and said they were excited to see the outcome.

But when the holidays came, the board saw the front yard filled with giant palm trees and plastic flamingos hitched to a sleigh like reindeer, the user said.

They even had antlers glued to the sides of their heads.

The HOA enforcement officer was angry, but there was nothing that could be done since he was technically following all the seasonal rules.

Well over 50 years after its introduction, the pink plastic flamingo, with its cheap but cute design, is considered a symbol of an anti-HOA stance.

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Many consider it the epitome of kitsch, the idea that a colorful or cheap object can still be appreciated for its fun and sentimental value.

But while a package of 10 birds can be purchased on Amazon for just $23.99, violating the HOA agreement could increase the price exponentially.

PaulLeBlanc

PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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