It absolutely amazes me the things that make news. Take this for example. In the September 13, 2010 edition of People Magazine is an article entitled, Dividing Lines.
It is written by Eileen Finan.
This basically is a story of eco-activists fighting for the right to dry their clothes outdoors. One such couple is Deb and Terry Brensinger of Mechanicsburg, PA. In an effort to do her part in an environmentally friendly way, Ms. Brensinger stopped using their electric dryer. She chose instead to dry her clothes outside. She says, “I get fresh air, I can talk to my neighbor, it reduces our carbon footprint-and it’s free!”
Now what could possibly be the problem you ask? I’m sure the clothesline was on her property. Well were they ever in for a rude awakening when they were notified that they were breaking a rule of the HOA. Say what! Until the situation is resolved they now dry their clothes on racks indoors.
And believe it or not, there is a group founded by Alex Lee called Project Laundry List. This group was instrumental in implementing right-to-dry laws in five states. A law!!
Another woman, Susan Taylor of Bend had a similar problem. She would hang her clothes in her wooded yard. Someone apparently didn’t like it and took matters in their own hands. Her lines were cut two times and she was fined $1,000 by her HOA.
Frank Rathbun of the Community Association Institute says, “Many boards hold the view the clotheslines could affect curb appeal and property values. Indeed, a “large percentage” of the more than 300,000 such communities in the U.S. restrict or ban their use”.
Taylor isn’t ready to give up the fight. She concludes, “Hanging a clothesline doesn’t hurt anyone, and it benefits our existence”.
So before you rush to hang your freshly laundered clothes out to dry, think twice about it. Better yet, get out your HOA handbook. You never know who may come and cut your lines down. Simply unbelievable.
People Magazine, September 13, 2010 edition, page 130