A recent homeowners association case pitted the association’s board against Tigger. Yes, that Tigger – the trusty friend of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and the rest of the Hundred Acre Woods. Actually, the problem was a mailbox that was shaped like Tigger. In this case, the Association’s Architectural Guidelines bounced the Tigger mailbox right of the neighborhood.
The community in question had fairly typical Architectural Guidelines. The Declaration of the community provided that the Board needed to approve all installation, construction or alterations of any “decks, fences, permanent play equipment, ledges, pools, storage tanks, accessory buildings, or any other structures on the lot.” The Guidelines also provided that any proposed modifications need to be compatible with the architectural character and design of the community. The list of items specifically requiring approval did not include “mailboxes.”
One of the unit owners replaced their standard mailbox with a new mailbox that looked like Tigger. The Association determined the mailbox violated the Architectural Review Guidelines and instructed the unit owners to remove it. The unit owners refused, and five years of litigation ensued. Continue Reading Disney Character Mailbox Gets Bounced from Homeowners Association