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NJ Court: HOAs must allow political signs in yards

After a lengthy legal battle, a 5-1 state Supreme Court ruling in New Jersey forbids HOAs from disallowing political signs on properties.

political yard signs vs. HOAs

political yard signs vs. HOAs

Vote for my candidate

Every election cycle, stories emerge of homeowners placing signs in their windows and yards, supporting their candidates, and homeowners associations (HOAs) will be removing, fining, and fighting residents along the way. While many states support HOA rights and allow them to make rules against political signs, or any other yard signs, the New Jersey Supreme Court has just ruled that residents may place campaign messages on their property regardless of HOA rules.

According to, Wasim Khan of Parsippany was ordered by the Mazdabrook Commons Homeowners’ Association to remove campaign signs from the window and door of his townhouse when he was running for council in Parsippany in 2005. The HOA’s rules were that only “For Sale” signs are allowed.

State Supreme Court rules against HOA

In a 5-1 ruling against the HOA, the state Supreme Court ruled that the association violated his free speech rights and said that he could post signs in his own home. The Supreme Court went above and beyond simply ruling that he could place a sign, they ruled that barring political signs “has barred virtually all expressional activity.”

The Court weighed the homeowners rights to free expression versus the HOA’s private property interest, concluding that “the sign policy in question violates the free speech clause of the State Constitution,” according to court documents.

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A victory for free speech

“It’s a great victory for free speech,” Khan told “I’m so proud of our Supreme Court and our state. It’s incredible.” The ruling however, does not open the door for all signs, rather permits political signs, as political free speech is protected, but other signs may not be protected, such as “support our troops” or “Jesus is King” signs.

“Ideas cannot be fleshed out unless people have fearlessness that what they do will not have any repercussion,” said Khan, 56, a physician who works in cancer research as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies.

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