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Chickens in Columbus, OH

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I live in a subdivision with an HOA. The bylaws state, "no person may keep, breed, board or raise any animal, livestock, reptile, or poultry of any kind for breeding or other commercial purpose on any lot..." I decided to get chickens because I knew I would not be breeding them nor using them for commercial purposes. They are my pets just like my dogs. I talked to a couple of my neighbors and they seemed to be fine with it. Got home today and there's a note from the HOA quoting the bylaws and stating they were informed we have chickens and we are in violation. They stated poultry was not allowed. However that's not what the bylaws say. Has anyone encountered something like this and can offer advice?
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I read it like you are reading it. No breeding of animals or commercial enterprise. To me that would imply no cock birds and only enough hens for personal consumption. Unfortunately it's not spelled out and therefore subjected to interpretation. You are at the whim of "powers that be" and how the feel at any given moment. If they read the law on the wake of daughter wedding or after son's court appearance will change the outcome of interpretation. 

 

You'll have to call and ask how the said bylaw puts you in violation. I read it like you do and stated my opinion of deeper interpretation. If they don't spell out anything more than what you quoted you'll likely need a lawyer.

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Thank you for that. If they want to complain about a "violation" of vague, interpretive language and I end up having to get rid of them, I will start filing complaints about violations that are clearly written in black and white in the bylaws!
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