Veterans are embroiled in a controversy with Avana Eastlake Apartments in Thornton, Colorado. The apartment management is prohibiting tenants from flying the American flag.
Myles Hoenisch, a tenant at the complex, who is a disabled veteran is defying that rule. Now he is risking eviction.
Hoenisch served in the Army for nearly seven years, including a tour in Iraq. “I joined the Army because I wanted to give back to my country,” he said.
Hoenisch and his wife Stacie show deep love for their country. Red, white and blue decorations are plentiful in their apartment. But the Hoenisch’s say their patriotism is apparently too much for their landlords.
Hoenisch and Stacie say they have been flying the American flag from his balcony since mid-June. However, just before Independence Day, the property manager told Hoenisch was not allowed to do so and the flag had to go.
According to FOX31, Avana Eastlake Apartments provided the following statement:
“We are proud to support our country and the Veterans who have served. Our lease agreement, which all residents sign, prohibits any type of flag displayed from balconies. We often remind residents of this policy and whether it is a college football flag or an American flag, we are required to treat all residents equally.”
“The country itself, and the pride of this country is not the same as it used to be,” Hoenisch said.
According to Denver attorney Parker Semler, there are federal and state laws that prevent homeowner and condominium associations from prohibiting the display of American flags. Those laws do not protect tenants in apartments.