Neighborhood Fights To Get Rid Of Girl's Playhouse
ShareTap Staff 12/22/2017
One look at home shows and it's clear that tiny houses are all the rage these days. For one family in Blue Springs, Missouri however, the trend hasn't quite caught on!
When Ashley and her daughter Emma were about to purchase their home, they took every step to make sure that the neighborhood home owners association would approve the installation of their $5,000, 8-feet by 8-feet, playhouse structure purchased by Emma's grandmother.
6-year-old Emma, who was born with autoimmune disorder resulting in frequent asthma and breathing related difficulties, has depended on her cute pink playhouse as a space to get away and perform her daily breathing treatment. She describes it as her "world" where she can truly get away and feel safe.
But after being in their new home for just 120 days, the neighborhood HOA sent Ashley an alarming notice. The cute structure as it stands now, apparently looks too much like a shed rather than a traditional play house. And because of it, they say the miniature pink house has to go, but mom's not having it.
The notice also threatened to take legal action should Ashley be noncompliant. Needless to say, the incident left Ashley confused and baffled!
In speaking with CBS's daily talk show The Drs, Ashley shared her side of the story with the hope that the law is on her side. Providing her legal expertise, panel guest attorney Areva Martin believes that no matter how ridiculous the notice, home owners associations in general have quite a lot of power in how a community should look and what laws it should follow.
Based on the attention generated by this incident, it is clear from the comments that many people believe Emma should be able to keep the cute pink house, which provides her comfort. Then why the fuss?
The only guess as to why the playhouse is such a cause of pain for the association is perhaps because it resembles a separate living space. After all, it does even have a loft to relax and an arts and crafts studio to keep Emma busy.
There are also those who agree with the HOA in their quest to get rid of the playhouse (for whatever their exact reasoning), because after all, "rules are rules."