Oregon grandmother faces eviction over a U.S. flag

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by Wayne Havrelly, KGW Staff

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- Elodia Royce has always displayed our nations flag in support of her family members and friends serving in the military.

"They fought for our freedoms and this is a freedom I should have," Royce said.

Last week she got a notice from her landlord stating the flag in her window must come down or she could be evicted.

"It says all colored drapes need to be removed from the windows, but our flag is not a drape," Royce said.

Royce said her apartment manager actually approved the flag the day she moved in the the Happy Valley complex nearly six years ago.

"I asked if I could put it out on a pole and she said no, but when I asked if I could hang it in my window she told me OK," Royce said.

Flags are not mentioned in the lease agreement Elodia showed KGW.

Troy Pickard is an attorney specializing in landlord-tenant law.  He pointed to an Oregon statute that appears to point in Elodia's favor. 

"It says when a tenant is breaking some kind of rule and the landlord knows about it, but keeps accepting rent for three rental periods, then the landlord gives up the right to terminate that tenancy because of that rule violation," said Pickard. 

Elodia has been displaying the flag for nearly six years.

The grandmother of nine said she's a quiet person who hates conflict, but she's not backing down.  Her daughter and grandson also live in the same apartment complex.

"I did tell my daughter I may have to move and my grandson started crying, then my daughter said if you have to move, we will move too," Royce said. 

The notice states her flag must come down by Monday or she may face possible eviction.

Newschannel 8 left messages with Royce's landlord, Cascade Rental Management, but have not heard back from them.

 

 

 

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