Woah! When the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) attacked a homeowner, they had no idea what their action would create. (The owner has the right to exclusive use of the property — home and land. )
The homeowner lives in Maryland. The bully was the HOA. End result: No longer will it be required to grow turfgrass.
After three and a half years, the Maryland homeowner and the Maryland General Assembly passed the House Bill 322, Real Property — Restrictions on Use — Low-Impact Landscaping, which specifically codifies your right to be wildlife-friendly, plant-friendly, and environmentally conscious. The Senate affirms it unanimously. Read all about it Butterflies: 1, Bullies: 0.
The article was brought to me by good friend Mandy Ploch.
Note: There are two kinds of HOAs. The first type of HOA, the type that is most common, is where a person owns the inside of the home and the land is owned by the HOA. The second, which is what this article is about, is where a person owns or has the right to exclusive use of the property (home and land). This article and the Maryland Bill apply only to the second kind of HOA. It’s still good news, just not as good as if it were all kinds of HOAs.