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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Family debating HOA over Christmas wreath fine

Posted at 11:47 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 02:55:03-04

A man living in the Arroyo Canyon subdivision near the 215 Beltway and Hualapai Way says his homeowners association is threatening to fine him $100 over a decorative wreath.

Milan Thakkar says his wife picked out the wreaths to decorate their front door and make it less plain. They say it's not a Christmas wreath, but their HOA sent a letter claiming they violated a rule that holiday decorations have to be taken down within 30 days of the holiday.

"It's petty. ... I can take it down in 2 seconds. ... It's the principle of it," he says.

Thakkar says he sent them back a letter with some heated language, and says it's not the first issue he's had since his HOA became managed by Level Property Management.

13 Action News went to their offices, and the president of the management told us they were aware of the situation and say Thakkar "used foul and vulgar language." They also say their enforcement was just following HOA rules, and that they enforce them equally towards everyone.

In fact, the same day enforcement snapped a photo of Thakkar's wreaths, they also snapped a picture of some small weeds next door on Bobby James' property.

James says he was also facing a $100 for not cleaning up weeds. He says they weren't even that bad, and he had the pneumonia the week they sent the letter.

"They just sit on their butts and complain," he says.  

He wants to see the HOA move to a different management company.

Meanwhile, Thakkar says he's willing to get lawyers involved if he has to. He says he's a combat veteran and cancer survivor, and it's irritating to have to deal with petty letters from his HOA.

"You come home from combat and you're just happy to be with your family. And then you got to fight little battles like this. It's a nuisance," he says.

Thakkar will be able to fight his case at their HOA meeting set for April 18.