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Home Owner's Association to Family: Move Out

News Spreading Fast of Local HOA's Alleged Legal Threat Involving Pastor, Wife Fighting Cancer

Updated at 9:07am 12/13/18 - Posted by Owosso Now at 9:21pm 12/12/18

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Friends and Community Shiawassee County News and Views Publisher Tom Manke tells the story of a man reading an article in Wednesday's Argus-Press.  Manke, inside a local restaurant, overheard the man ask the person sitting across the table from him a curious question.  "Why would anyone buy a house in Osburn Lakes?"

The conversation so captivated Manke that he had to run out and buy a copy of the day's paper for himself.  What he says he read is not just shocking, but shameful, disgusting and disappointing.

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Manke encourages his readers to buy Wednesday's paper or buy access to the story entitled "Family conflict" on the Argus-Press website, to get the details straight from the source.  The highlights, or lowlights, as it were, are troubling.

Manke says a family has been threatened with legal action by the Osburn Lakes Home Owner's Association if their adult daughter's family -- that is, their young granddaughter and their preacher son-in-law who is recently displaced after a church merge and looking for a new church to pastor -- don't move out of the house in the next month.  The adult daughter, who has been battling cancer, they say, can stay, because she is "immediate family."  The home has five bedrooms, Manke notes.

Manke says the Argus article, authored by Josh Champlin, addresses federal law related to immediate family, and Manke says federal law, which identifies any person living in the home that is related by blood or marriage as an immediate family member, not only supersedes HOA policy and the legal notice issued by the HOA's attorney, but some are now questioning whether the HOA and attorney could face legal trouble of their own, perhaps on the basis of discrimination.

"As an Owosso resident...I'm embarrassed," one woman told Owosso Now after hearing about the situation.  "And I thought the HOA that manages the neighborhood my family resides in was a PITA. This tops everything," another woman said.

Yet another resident said in a comment posted on the Friends and Community story, "We were looking at a house there and our realtor told us not to. The rules are too strict and most want to move within a few years of buying."

It hasn't taken long for this story to catch fire and it sounds like it's burning a few people up, so to speak.  We anticipate further developments sooner than later.

Read the Friends and Community Shiawassee County News and Views article in its entirety here.

Get access to the Argus-Press article here.

Updated to correct/clarify misinterpretation of Friends and Community vs. Argus articles; adult child, not 4 year old, is battling cancer; pastor son-in-law was recently displaced after a church merge.

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