No Political Yard Signs for Tenants
It’s that time again. During an election year it is not uncommon to drive through local neighborhoods and find political signs of every shape, size and party firmly planted in some of the nicest landscaped yards in city.
In some areas the saturation of signs can become quite unsightly as they are stapled to telephone posts, hanging from balconies and grouped together on street corners like overgrown weeds.
So what’s a landlord to do if they don’t want or don’t agree with the political signs posted on their property? And in case you’re wondering, yes in our polarized political environment this is an actual issue.
Here in the state of California (California Civil Code §1940.4) passed Jan 1, 2012, protects the rights of tenants to display their political yard signs without recourse from management or rental owners. The law states that a landlord may not prohibit a tenant from posting or displaying political signs related to any of the following:
- An election or legislative vote, including an election of a candidate to public office.
- The initiative, referendum, or recall process.
- Issues that are before a public commission, public board, or elected local body for a vote.
Furthermore, signs may even be posted or displayed in windows and on doors in a multifamily dwellings or from the yard, window, door, balcony, or outside wall of a single-family dwelling.
Managers and rental owners may impose some restrictions. They can require that the signs only remain posted or displayed for a “Reasonable Amount” of time, typically 90 days prior to the election and 15 days after the election and can prohibit signs based on the following:
- Signs larger than six (6) square feet.
- If the posting or displaying would violate a local, state, or federal law.
- If the posting or displaying would violate a lawful provision in a common interest development.
So whether it’s local, regional, or national in California, regardless of political beliefs, tenants have the right to display political yard signs without recourse from landlords or management. Cast my vote in the yes column, I think that’s a good thing.
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