Disputes over property improvements made by owners of single-family homes in communities governed by homeowner’s associations are somewhat common. In fact, architectural review/control committees are among the most frequently utilized committees in many HOAs, as they are charged with reviewing and approving all types of exterior improvements independently of the board of directors.

However, despite such matters being standard operating procedure in most HOAs, a dispute over the installation of a backyard playset, spa pool, barbecue and other amenities in a Georgia community has escalated into a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act due to discriminatory housing practices.

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