Judge: No, you cannot shoot that drone out of the sky!

Independent American Communities


By Deborah Goonan

There has been considerable buzz lately about drones in American neighborhoods. Should there be limitations upon recreational use of drones? Might drones be equipped with cameras to capture bird’s-eye view? How will drone air space be managed? What if a drone crashes? What are appropriate vs. inappropriate uses of drones?

Some professionals in the HOA industry are seriously discussing the possibility of using drones to investigate and photograph covenant violations or monitor contractors and possible fire safety hazards in hard to access locations.

Obviously, this is a controversial issue, and there are bound to be a significant number of residents that will not appreciate the noise or possible violations of privacy. For instance, will drone technology lead HOA leaders to embark on unsolicited fishing expeditions for violations of covenants and restrictions? Why wait for a resident to file a complaint, if it’s easy to scout the entire…

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