LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A family said they are being threatened with jail time by their community home owners association. Marla Stout said it is all because of the purple-colored playset that’s been in her backyard for two years.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” Stout told FOX 4 on Monday.
The Stouts live in the Raintree Lake Subdivision, southwest of highways 150 and 291. Stout said the HOA is threatening to sue her family if the treehouse is not removed in the next couple of weeks. She said the HOA does have rules about play equipment colors, but said her family isn’t breaking them.
“There’s nothing in the rules about color,” she said. “What it says is it has to be harmonious with the community and with nature and there is nothing that dictates the color of the swing set.”
According to the HOA, children’s play equipment has to be within harmony of other colors in the community. Stout said many of the trees in her neighborhood turn purple every fall, so she felt like the color was in harmony. She told FOX 4 more than a dozen of her neighbors signed a petition for the play set to stay, but the HOA didn’t back off.
“If anything just drop it and say you are sorry and move on,” she said. “Find better things to spend my money on.”
On Tuesday neighbors gathered in support of the Stouts at a community meeting.
Stout said the HOA sent her a letter saying she didn’t get the playset properly approved before they built it and that the color needed pre-approval. Another letter from the association said the lawsuit will cost the family “greater than any principal you are trying to prove.”
Stout said her family has hired an attorney and isn’t backing down.