OSHKOSH - An Oshkosh woman is trying to stand up for renters’ rightsafter she was told she couldn’t display the American flag inher window.
"It really showed who we are as a family,” said DawnPrice.
Her husband served in the Army for seven years, but the companythe couple rent their apartment from won't allow the flag in thewindow. She says she and her husband have had the flag been upsince November, but just last week she received a phone call sayingshe needed to remove the flag from the window.
Price didn't remove it and got a five-day eviction notice,saying she violated a rule in her lease. Midwest Realty Managementowns the complex. Nobody from the company would speak oncamera.
However, Randy Rich, the property manager, said in a statement,"Our policies do not allow any type of flags, banners, or politicalor religious material to be displayed in the windows of theapartments. This policy was developed to insure that we are fair toeveryone as we have many residents from diverse backgrounds."
While it won't allow individual flags in windows, the companydoes fly American flags near the rental offices. That's because thecompany says it has respect for those who serves for the UnitedStates. The federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of2005 states no residential real estate association can stop someonefrom flying the American flag, but that law doesn't apply torenters.
So now, Price wants to lead the charge to change the law toinclude renters.
"This was horrific for my husband and I because he doesn'tdeserve to be told that we can't hang the American flag," she said.
The couple say they can't afford to live anywhere else andplan to hang a curtain in front of the flag so it can't be seenfrom the outside. That way, they won't be evicted.
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