Claim: Photograph shows a house painted in protest by its owner after he was barred from displaying a U.S. flag in his yard.
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Example: [Collected via Facebook, May 2013]
This guy was told by his Homeowners Association that he couldn't fly the American flag in his yard ...
Origins: Recent years have seen a number of "viral" news stories about homeowners (often military personnel or veterans) who have run afoul of local ordinances or homeowners association (HOA) rules that
In May 2013 a photograph (displayed above) of a home with its exterior painted in the pattern of an American flag (white stars amidst a blue field adjacent to red and white horizontal striping) was circulated on the Internet, with accompanying text identifying the paint scheme as one the homeowner resorted to after being told by his HOA "that he couldn't fly the American flag in his yard." Although the picture is real and the unusual paint job it depicts was something undertaken as a form of protest, the true backstory had nothing to do with a homeowner's being barred from displaying a U.S. flag in his yard.
The American flag house pictured above is located in Cambridge, Maryland, and its owner, Branden Spear, gave it that distinctive paint job after being angered that his restored Victorian property was declared by building inspectors to be non-compliant with historical code:
Brent Greer, who lives on Riverview Boulevard, recently painted the outside of his house red, white and blue. Greer said he decided to turn his home into the American flag to send a message.
Greer grew up in the 100-year-old home and now lives there with his wife and seven adopted children. He said they changed the color of their house after getting into a dispute with the city's code enforcement.
A few months ago, code enforcement officers said they went to the home acting on an anonymous tip.
"Late February, we received a complaint about a dead Christmas tree on the balcony," said Volker Reiss, Community Services and Code Compliance Manager for City of Bradenton.
Reiss said his officers asked the family to remove it and they complied.
Greer said to his surprise, they were told about more violations.
The city sent Greer a two page letter, listing several violations at the home. Some of the issues were about missing window screens, painting, pressure washing, loose railings, and trash on the property.
Greer said while everything was upsetting, one complaint made him furious. He said he was told his home's exterior painting was not up to city standards.
The Greers do not live in a deed-restricted community. He said he feels like he's being treated as if he does.
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