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Kimberly Bois Fined $6,000 for Planting Flowers in Her Yard

| by Michael Allen

In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, homeowner Kimberly Bois has been fined by her condo association for planting flowers in her tiny garden, in violation of their rules. The $50 a day fine has reached close to $6,000, plus the board’s legal fees.

Bois told WBZ-TV: “It’s just not a happy place to live anymore for me. It just feels like we’ve been bullied and really all we wanted to do was have a conversation to figure out how this can benefit all of us.”

A new certified letter arrives every month, ordering Bois to uproot her garden. The condo association has even put a lien on her townhouse to pay their fines.

Bois offered to pull up the flowers and pay part of the board’s legal fees a couple of weeks ago, but they refused the offer.

According to Bois, the condo association’s bylaws don’t specifically forbid planting flowers on the property, nor do they explicitly allow it.

Board members have told Bois they just want all the units to look the same. The condo association refused to requests from the media for comment.