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No Soliciting signs, HOAs, and leaving brochures

Posted on : 08-16-2008 | By : Legal Information | In : Homeowners Association, Other Legal Topics, Real Estate Law

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I am an Avon Independent Sales Rep in Shelton, WA. I have been leaving brochures in driveways. Usually I have no problem, but lately some HOAs have been saying it is illegal and I have to go back and pick up every brochure in the neighborhood from the driveways. There was no posted “No Soliciting” sign. Telephone books get left that way all the time. They have paid ads in them. What are my rights here? What if there is a “No Soliciting” sign, does that mean I cannot drop off a brochure?

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I read a lot of perspectives here but didn’t see any one talk about my issue. The local newspaper seems to all of a sudden think its okay to come into my privately owned neighborhood, with the no soliciting sign at the brick entrance, on its private road (indicated by the color of the street sign) and throw its plastic wrapped advertiser junk all over our driveways and yards. This looks like crap in my well groomed neighborhood. Now, I have to pick them up. Or the trash collector picks them up if they land in the trash spot. Or if no one is home, no one picks them up. One of the reasons I own a condo is that I travel for work. I am certainly not the only “part time resident” in this neighborhood. The last thing I want outside my home is a pile of newspapers that i didn’t request to be delivered, duh! The newspaper told me today that each homeowner would have to call them to get them to stop throwing their trash in our driveways. That’s 176 units. She didnt ask for my name, maybe I’ll make 176 calls. I’d rather just call the police and report littering. That’s the answer I’m looking for online today.

Bottom line! If you do not have a “No Soliciting” sign on your home. Don’t complain! I don’t care if there is one at the enterence to your snooty neighborhood or Not! Lots of folks in the area are usually happy I came! Sorry about u unhappy snobs who think you are better and/or smarter than I am. ;)

I for one am sick of all the litter that I have to pick up on my property from people who cannot understand a simple no solicitors sign. I find the majority of these people are either pushing their religion and trying to make me buy into their beliefs, and of course politicians who seem to think that they are above the law when it comes to them trying to sell me to vote for them. Just a note I never vote for anyone who cannot understand a sign, and I would never change my beliefs for anyone. It just drives a bigger wedge between everyone when you cannot honor a persons beliefs and try to sell your religion as the only one.

Well, Angie, there is nothing snooty about my neighborhood. It’s a condo association, we built the road and bought the street lights, and we pay continually to maintain them. And we keep it clean and safe. We don’t want people throwing paper and plastic on our lawns and driveways. Whereever you live, I’m sure you don’t want people doing the same. The person who drives past our places doesn’t bother to get out of her car, so I doubt she could see a no soliciting sign if there are any individual ones. Smarts has nothing to do with any of it. It’s called consideration.

Whomever says that JW respect the “do not call” list is lying. I have asked at least 10 times that they do not call on me nor leave information. I got home yesterday and yet ANOTHER of those annoying and offensive flyers was crammed in my door.

I do the door to door thing for a living and love it. I come across tons of good decent folk as well as a few people who are having a bad day. B to B, B to C are some of the hardest jobs out there. That said they are also some of the best paying as well.

This is just a warning and keep in mind that not all door to door are trying to sell you. For instance when i get contracts from the census it is more a matter of obtaining information and it is a civic duty. So regardless of what you have posted, what you say etc you are obliged by law for the census. If you refuse to provide information you can spend up to 7 years in a federal prison.

I am going to continue to D2D and B2B because I like it and there are great people out there. I understand people have bad days and hope venting to me helps you, seriously I do. I get compensated well for what I do and I am proud because I am an entrepreneur. I know in 5 years my capital will be fare over the 200K mark. No short cuts exist in commission sales. For instance in telecom, we provided lower rates than what is advertised. I have lowered people bills up to 150.00 per month. It does not hurt to hear us out, if we can help you great. If not just say no.

I just started a carpet cleaning company and I have to worry about just dropping my information on there doorknob I dont even knock I just leave my information in a little bag with my information in it. Not disturbing anyone not knocking not selling anything . If you do not want to read my brochure throw it away just dont understand how small businesses can get there name out there without spending a fortune on ads and other things that Hasnt worked for me. So again what is the harm in just simply hanging something on your doorknob without disturbing anyone.I dont freak out and want to shoot some pizza guy for leaving his brochure I simply throw it away no harm done. Does anyone agree with this?

While, that’s not really fair dude some organizations don’t ring on door bells like the one I work for Georgia, while you may be privileged enough to where you don’t have work a company that demands the soliciting, I’m not and therefore I have no choice I’m diabetic type 1 to precise what would you have me do?

It pays the bills, and I don’t like as much as you do, but someone has to do it. People staring at you all funny looking, I mean feel ocward, don’t make it harder than it is. I don’t want to make any or make anyone feel uneasy in their on homes.

Condo resident who travels, be at ease make the call and if the littering doesn’t come to a stop I’d sue the bastards.

Sorry Lisa Wiggins looking for a new hobby, until the can you bare one or two more of those dreadful fliers, please.

Did anyone even truly answer this question or is it just off handed angry opinions.

Schneider v. State – 308 U.S. 147 (1939) was (as indicated) in 1939. Do you think we would still be able to post “No Soliciting” signs if it weren’t still legal? After doing a cursory reading of the cited decision, it seems to me that this case refers to people who stand on public sidewalks. The court seemed to indicate that the property rights of a person were not overridden by this decision. Seems to me that “No Soliciting” means “Leave Me Alone”. Best to honor that person’s wishes. They obviously took the time to put the sign there.

oops Apples lousy spell checker got me again.
Should have read :literature flyers etc.

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