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Condo association runs amok?

Posted by Rona Fischman March 30, 2010 01:46 PM

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It is now the Jewish holiday of Passover. Happy Passover to those who celebrate! In recognition of the holiday, I bring you a Jewish real estate story which relates to a discussion we had earlier this month. It is a story of a condo association running amok, as alleged by the plaintiffs.

The Blochs removed their mezuzot* from their doorways for a renovation in their condo association hallways. When they put them back after the renovation, they were removed by the association, repeatedly. The courts ruled in favor of the Blochs; they had the right to affix a religious symbol to their doorpost based on fair housing rules.

Now the Blochs are filing for damages, since they were harassed by the removal of their property from their doorway. The removal of their mezuzot was vindictive, according to the plaintiffs. To me, it sounds like what we were discussing last week about condo association rules.

Do you think the condo association should be punished? Can a condo board president be held accountable?

* A mezuzah is a little box with a parchment inside that Jewish people affix to the doorposts of their homes. It reminds us of God when we come in and out. It is one of the Commandments that are in the Bible (not one of the “big ten,” but one practiced by a large number of American Jewish households.) “Mezuzot” is more than one mezuzah.

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