language in Home Owners Association documents
From: Marcia Zuckerman (
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 15:08:10 -0700 (PDT)

I’m at Bay State Commons; we're building a 30-unit urban community in Malden, 
MA [occupancy Q1 2022!].  We’re reviewing our Home Owners Association [HOA] 
documents and struggling with language about potentially offensive activity.  
The current draft says,

8. OFFENSIVE ACTIVITIES. No owner may use or maintain his or her Unit or the 
Common Areas appurtenant thereto for any purpose or in any manner which is 
contrary to any applicable law, rule, regulation or requirement of any 
governmental authority, or for any purpose which would constitute a nuisance or 
be offensive to a majority of the Trustees.

Some people are concerned about making the law paramount, given the history of 
laws that supported slavery and outlawed currently legal activities such as 
sodomy, cannabis, and miscegenation.  Do other communities make reference to 
laws in their HOA documents?


Marcia Zuckerman
Bay State Commons

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