Homeowner Associations May Stop And Detain Their Members.

Tired of your homeowner association?  Then I have bad news…the Illinois Supreme Court just ruled that homeowner associations have the right to stop and detain you for violating association rules.  In Poris v. Lake Holiday Property Owners Association, Poris owned a home in Lake Holiday, and therefore, he was a member of the Lake Holiday Property Owners Association.  The Association’s private security guard clocked Poris on radar driving 34 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.  The security guard activated amber and white oscillating lights on his vehicle, pulled Poris over, and issued him a speeding ticket. 

Poris filed a complaint alleging that the Association was not authorized by law to stop vehicles, detain drivers, use amber oscillating and flashing lights on its vehicles, record drivers with audio and video recording equipment, or use radar.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled against Poris and in favor of the Association.  The Court explained that a homeowner’s Association is a voluntary association (by virtue of a homeowner’s choice to live there), and therefore, an Association has the authority to enforce rules and regulations against its members.

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