HOA Threatens Homeowner With Fines and Foreclosure…Over a Flag

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A Florida HOA sent a letter to a resident of their community, stating that he owes $8000 in fees and threatening him with a foreclosure lien on his home – over the American flag he placed in a flower pot on his porch.

Larry Murphee lives in the Sweetwater community in Jacksonville, Florida. He’s been battling his friendly neighborhood HOA over the flag for more than two years.

WTEV talked to Murphee about the ordeal:

Murphree has  been offered free services by First Amendment Attorney Luke Lirot out of Clearwater.

WTEV contacted the law office that represents the HOA, and attorney Michelle Haines told them that if payment is not made within 30 days, the law office can move forward with foreclosure on Murphree’s home.

HOAs may try to impose certain rules on where flags can be placed, but state and federal laws say they don’t have that authority.

Last year, after a similar fight, Murphree filed a lawsuit and settled out of court, but the HOA flag display rules have been rewritten since then. He said he won’t stop until he can freely fly his flag:

“When I first moved here, I loved it. it was wonderful. But it got where I’m being nitpicked more and more. I’ve lost a lot of friends and neighbors moving out. I don’t want to move.

I want it to go away. It’s such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me,” he explained.

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  • Bring it

    Does anyone see a trend happening or is it just me? It seems to me that there are more and more anti-American sentiment in this country. If I am right then why the hell are they here. If you hate this country GET THE HELL OUT!!!

    • Ray Reyes

      That’s idiotic. I’m sick and tired of this country’s GOVERNMENT, but I love the country. I’m not getting out, in fact, I want to stay to try to help this place get back to its Constitutional roots. “If you hate this country GET THE HELL OUT!!!” is one of the stupidest things I hear time and time again.

    • SOIA

      The idea is that everyone becomes an obedient
      slave to the NewWorldOrder world government,
      ruled by Mulinationals and the Banksters.
      Nationalism is a threat to this goal and has to be
      eliminated.
      Nationalism in their eyes is only good if it can be used
      to get people to fight other people the elites see as
      a danger to their goals,or having resources etc. they
      want

  • jack reacher

    Why would anyone want to live in a place that has an HOA? They are nothing but thugs who want to rule your life? If you have one, organize and get rid of it. Do you really feel that you are getting your money’s worth out of the exorbitant dues?

  • tom d

    HOA are terrible. I believe no management member of an HOA should live outside of the association. Recently on guy who has 800 hoa under his control lost an election. Lets hope this is a start of the end of the most offensive organization. The homeowner association are abusing the homeowners. They clearly do not represent the people who on paper own them.

  • Joseph Lizak

    Hire the high school marching band and the color guard and have a loud parade up and down the HOA directors house.

  • Roddy Pfeiffer

    When you purchase a property in an HOA, condominium, co-op, etc, you get a copy of the rules and regulations. You must sign a document that acknowledges that you have read and understand it and the penalties for not adhering to the rules. It is a binding legal contract between two legal, consenting, and sane, non-mentally impaired adults. If you don’t like the regulations DON’T BUY THE PROPERTY!

  • Justin OB

    Land of the free and home of the brave? Land of the cowards and home of the slaves

  • Rogoraeck

    Stupid schmuck!
    should have put an Israeli Flag & a Mexican flag alongside & maybe they would have paid him $8,000

  • Rogoraeck

    Who do you hate so much that you want to deport joos there??

  • Rogoraeck

    Byeeee & close the door behind you!

  • SOIA

    This is not so much about the little flag , this is about control.
    Learning people from a young age to abide by all little and stupid
    rules so they become docile slaves.
    This guy has to be punished to keep the rest of the flock scared and
    obeying the ones that rule.
    How may people are there ,who condemn someone who doesn’t
    follow a stupid regulation, that doesn’t threathen or harm them , but
    just for braking a rule they themselves don’t dare to break?
    The slaves trying to force the others in line.

  • Gordon Klock

    I seem to remember reading a story last year or so, about some lady who lived in a house that her grandpa built,had a HMO spring up around her, she made it clear that she wanted no part of it, & after some legal back & forth, they promised to leave her alone, only to charge her in secret for several years while they incrementally kept changing her home’s legal status behind her back, & when they started to annoy her with their petty nonsensical rules ( that they had earlier promised not to inflict) she took it back to court, only to find that they now had the legal authority to hit her with the accrued bill, & basically drive her from her old family home.

  • sharonsj

    And I hate morons like you who are stupid bigots. According to you, Jesus should be shot or deported.

  • sharonsj

    This is nothing new. Housing associations have been passing stupid and restrictive rules for years. Anybody who buys a house in one of those developments has to know they will be subject to idiotic requirements. It’s the major reason I moved to the middle of nowhere.

  • Jake Starr

    how can we find out the name and principles of the HOA

  • http://www.patriotsteaparty.net/index.html Dennis Zellaha

    Attend their next meeting, make sure you have a full clip of full metal jackets, make yourself heard!