KOB.com - Homeowner faces fines over 'for sale' sign in yardA Rio Rancho homeowner is facing hundreds of dollars in fines for putting up a "For Sale" sign in his own front yard. Geoffrey Padilla, who lives in Diamond Ridge, said his homeowners association fined him $400 over the past few months. He said the the association handbook bans signs and billboards, including "For Sale" and "For Rent" signs. Padilla said the policy went into effect several weeks after he bought his home, so he thinks the fines should be waived. He also said he thinks the policy is unfair because the subdivision's developer, D.R. Horton Homes, posted similar signs throughout the neighborhood. Padilla claims the builder encouraged the homeowners association to enforce the policy because it doesn't want competition from homeowners.
From Fred Pilot--and keep in mind that municipalities can't ban all signs under the Supreme Court decision of Ladue v. Gilleo, but even Ladue didn't ban "for sale" signs. That was covered by the earlier decision of Linmark Associates v. Willingboro. This is one of those "get away with violating constitutional rights if you are a pseudo-private corporation" kind of things.