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