VIRGINIA – How a Loudoun Co. family’s year-round holiday lights sparked a lawsuit
WTOP: How a Loudoun Co. family’s year-round holiday lights sparked a lawsuit
The Belmont Glen Homeowners Association in Ashburn, Virginia, had sued a family over exterior holiday lights that were up year-round, but Virginia’s Supreme Court has overturned the case.
By Neal Augenstein
August 26, 2019
After a homeowners association in Loudoun County, Virginia, initially fined and successfully sued a family for keeping its exterior holiday lights up throughout the year, Virginia’s Supreme Court has now overturned the HOA’s lawsuit victory.
In 2018, Loudoun County Circuit Judge Jeanette Irby had ruled in favor of the Belmont Glen Homeowners Association in its suit against SanJay and Sona Sainani for violating the HOA’s seasonal guidelines on the use of holiday decorations.
In ruling for the HOA, Irby found the Sainanis’ “lights were on 24/7” for “at least 300 days a year” in violation of the seasonal guidelines that prohibited leaving lights on after midnight and displaying lights outside of the permitted holiday periods. The guidelines permitted lighting for Halloween, Thanksgiving, winter holidays and the Fourth of July. Read more:https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2019/08/how-a-loudoun-co-familys-year-round-holiday-lights-sparked-a-lawsuit/