Saturday, February 07, 2009

Soldier's Parents vs. HOA

I saw this story on TV yesterday and was intrigued by it. Your initial reaction is to be appalled that this family in Colorado can't fly their flag. However, I'm not sure the whole story is being told. I think they are able to display their flag on their home, just not by a pole. What are your thoughts?

LOVELAND - When they planted it in their front yard, they knew they were breaking the rules.

"But we thought it would be better to ask forgiveness than permission," said Terry Lewton.

Lewton and his wife Sue live in the new Garden Gates subdivision in Loveland.

In October of last year, one of their two sons left for his second tour of Iraq.

As a tribute, they set up a 20-foot flagpole in their front yard. They then hoisted the American and Army flags.

"I think about my soldier that's in harm's way," Lewton said as he looked up at the flags.

The couple never thought the display would ruffle any feathers, but some in the development objected.

It's unclear whether the company that enforces the HOA rules, Vintage Corp., acted on those complaints or their own monitoring, but last month, the Lewtons received a letter from Vintage that told them what the two already knew, that they could display the flag, just not on a flagpole.

"We don't plan on taking it down," said Lewton. "It's part of what we do."

Those with Vintage said they're just doing their job, which is to enforce the covenants given to them by, in this case, the developer.

With that in mind, the Lewtons aren't taking issue with Vintage. Rather, they want to change the rule regarding flagpoles.

They'll have the opportunity to do so soon. There's an HOA meeting scheduled for later this month.

The Lewtons plan on attending so they can make their desire for a rule change known.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This family knew it was against the rules, yet they chose to do so anyway. There are federal and state laws that allow them the right to display the American Flag, however, the HOA has the right to regulate "how" it is displayed.

The Lewtons, could have worked with the association and their neighbors to change the rules if this was so very important to them.

While the rules may seem frivelous at times, they are there to protect the homeowners and their property values.