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Old 04-23-2014, 12:26 AM
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All the nicest neighborhoods around here have no soliciting signs on the entrances of the neighborhoods.

I plan on going to the monthly meetings that the neighborhoods have, and handing out cards at the end of the meeting.

I'll probably go to them regularly so I become a "regular face" that people get accustomed to.

Might even do a small speech, who knows.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:28 AM
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All the nicest neighborhoods around here have no soliciting signs on the entrances of the neighborhoods.

I plan on going to the monthly meetings that the neighborhoods have, and handing out cards at the end of the meeting.

I'll probably go to them regularly so I become a "regular face" that people get accustomed to.

Might even do a small speech, who knows.
You may want to contact the President of the HOA and clear your idea with him or her First in order to possibly avoid any misunderstanding and embarrassment on your part.

Most HOA and Condo meetings are in fact agenda oriented.
If your not on the agenda make a point of being part of the solution and not part of the problem.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:25 AM
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I put flyers out in one the other day. President called and ask for a presentation at a meeting. That's a potential $45k job over a week

If I had never put flyers out I wouldn't have that opportunity
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:22 PM
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I put flyers out in one the other day. President called and ask for a presentation at a meeting. That's a potential $45k job over a week

If I had never put flyers out I wouldn't have that opportunity
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Did the HOA have a soliciting policy, or were there signs posted to that affect yes or no?. If soliciting was permitted in the development I could see no objection, however if the development had a posted no soliciting policy I could see where the President of the HOA could have had some issues with the board other vendors.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:24 PM
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Did the HOA have a soliciting policy, or were there signs posted to that affect yes or no?. If soliciting was permitted in the development I could see no objection, however if the development had a posted no soliciting policy I could see where the President of the HOA could have had some issues with the board other vendors.
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Yup no soliciting signs everywhere.

They have no legal bearing lol. You just have to know the work arounds

We hit every neighborhood every 3 months
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:26 PM
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I wouldn't suggest anyone take this ^ as legal advice unless you can afford the fines.

Around here, you need to apply for a permit to solicit - and yes, that means walking around leaving flyers whether you knock, or not.

Some municipalities do not allow it PERIOD. There's a nice area not far from where I live that WILL send a patrol car if someone calls to report you.
My first year I called several local municipalities to find out what was what rather than just doing whatever I want. Only one had a "no solicitation" policy - ALL the others required a permit - some only required you to fill out paperwork, while others required fees.
This is true!

Just heard on the news a landscaper in our area was just fined $500 for leaving door hangers on homes. They fined him for soliciting without a permit. He fought back saying he was not soliciting - because he didn't knock on the doors - he was found guilty.

IT IS considered soliciting if you leave a flyer / door hanger - period.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:40 PM
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This is true!

Just heard on the news a landscaper in our area was just fined $500 for leaving door hangers on homes. They fined him for soliciting without a permit. He fought back saying he was not soliciting - because he didn't knock on the doors - he was found guilty.

IT IS considered soliciting if you leave a flyer / door hanger - period.
He should have got the permit and avoided all that lol
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:21 PM
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I guess there is no legal bearing until someone turns you in or until you have to pay a fine.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:41 PM
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I guess there is no legal bearing until someone turns you in or until you have to pay a fine.
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Exactly.

They don't pay lawyers oodles of money to write up legal ordinances that hold no weight under "free speech".





I think it says something about one's character when you blatantly ignore not only a law/ordinance, but more importantly an individual's obvious desire (posted sign) not to be bothered with your unwanted "advertising".
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:04 PM
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Been lurking for a few months here on the forum and gathering great knowledge/wisdom. I am working on developing my plan "B" to maybe make the move out of the corporate grind in a few years.

So the question is, when there is a no soliciting sign on the door, is it okay to leave a flyer/hanger? I feel like I am not directly bothering them, just giving them the opportunity to contact me if they are interested. On the flip side, does it make my business look bad by directly ignoring the sign?

Thoughts and experiences appreciated.
This is honestly one of those questions that could go either way {["yes" or "no"] that is.} As you have to delve into the legal zoning definition of "soliciting". IMHO that act of soliciting is a person attempting to initiate face-to-face contact by the act of knocking on the door, or ringing the doorbell. So if there is a NO SOLICITING sign, you are within your boundaries to simply leave a flyer/door-hanger. However, if there is a sign that says "No Handbills or flyers" then obviously don't. Also be sure to check your local municipalities for ordnances that regulate or prohibit distribution of advertising materials.
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