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When commas in a list confuse

 
 
Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2020 03:17 am
Regarding this sentence in my HOA covenants: "No commercial billboards, signs, advertisements may be erected."

As written, does it mean no commercial billboards, no commercial signs, and no commercial advertisements may be erected? Or does it restrict any type of sign or advertisement?
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jespah
 
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Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2020 05:44 am
@Cary2020,
HOA covenants are notoriously strict. Assume they mean all signs, and their punctuation agrees with that assessment
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2020 09:37 am
@Cary2020,
Cary2020 wrote:

Regarding this sentence in my HOA covenants: "No commercial billboards, signs, advertisements may be erected."


Not sure why it isn't written as ...
"No commercial billboards, signs, and/or advertisements may be erected."

And the initial sentence is pretty redundant even when actually trying to anticipate any potential loopholes.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2020 11:05 am
@Cary2020,
Cary2020 wrote:

Regarding this sentence in my HOA covenants: "No commercial billboards, signs, advertisements may be erected."

As written, does it mean no commercial billboards, no commercial signs, and no commercial advertisements may be erected? Or does it restrict any type of sign or advertisement?


It is grammatically ambiguous and poorly written. I wonder if it would hold up in court.
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