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Homeowner’s association backs down after threatening to sue man over Christmas decorations

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SPOKANE, Idaho – Some homeowners go above and beyond when it comes to decorating their homes for the holidays.

However, one man’s neighborhood association says he went too far with his Christmas decor.

In 2014, Morris’ display featured hundreds of lights, a live camel, carolers and Santa Claus. It also doubled as a fundraiser for local children’s charities.

The West Hayden Estates Homeowner’s Association Board sent Jeremy Morris a letter on Oct. 26, threatening to sue if he put on the “2nd Annual Hayden Christmas Light Show.” 

The homeowner’s association says the light show violates a number of clauses in his home agreement, including noise levels, excessive brightness and nuisance.

After a month, the association backed down, saying it will not file suit against him. Officials told KREM that they are not opposed to the lights, but the extra traffic and noise the event brings to the neighborhood.

“I’m really pleased to hear that they’re moving beyond this threat of litigation. I think the reason is obvious. That is that I never violated any rules,” Morris said.