Friday, May 19, 2006

Disabled Couple Will Sue Neighborhood Association

See this story from Boise by that title. It begins:

A van, and where it's parked, might cost the homeowners association in Bristol Heights tens of thousands of dollars.

"It is my understanding that they are covered by the Fair Housing Act," Cathy Sherman, a disabled advocate at Living Independent Network Corporation in Boise, told KBCI CBS 2 News.

On Sunday we profiled Jim and Rose Barnett and the disabled couple's struggles with neighbors over this van. The Barnetts say they need this type of van as transportation, some neighbors have said it ruins the aesthetic beauty of the house.

"The Barmetts have called into Fair Housing and that they're going to help them with their case, which will then go to HUD, Housing and Urban Development," Sherman said. "And that they'll have a case against their homeowner's association and their rental company."

The Barnetts are moving at the end of the month, and Sherman says if it's proven they were forced to leave their community it could increase their damages.


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