In most communities, a homeowner putting an election sign in their front yard is not a big deal. But in the Fairfax County community of Old Belhaven, an Obama for President sign tore a community apart and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Washington Post reports:
The modest placard Sam and Maria Farran planted in their yard during the 2008 election put them on a collision course with the neighborhood homeowners association. It was four inches taller than the association’s covenants allowed.“Need I say more! This would lead to chaos,” a neighbor fretted in an e-mail about the precedent that would be set if the sign wasn’t removed. “Our property values would be put at risk.”