HOA Claims Exemption from Honeybee Law

The homeowners association (HOA) of a Spring Hill subdivision told a resident he must remove a honey-producing beehive from his backyard because it violates a bylaw banning non-household pets as well as conducting business or trade from home, News Channel 5 reports. A Tennessee state law protects the rights of property owners to keep honeybees, but a lawyer for the HOA says the organization is not a form of government and is therefore exempt from that law. The case will go before the Tennessee Attorney General for an opinion.