I Have But One Sprinkler System To Give For My Country
About a year ago, Burke Jensen moved to Kennewick, Washington (outside of Seattle) to start a new job at Energy Northwest. He purchased a nice house in Oak Hill Country Estates and moved in with his pregnant wife and young son. Jensen began making several improvements to the property, including landscaping.
Five months ago, Jensen was called up by the military and deployed to Kuwait. During his absence, his wife returned to the East Coast to be with her family - leaving the home unoccupied and the landscaping project unfinished.
The developer of the sub-division is now threatening Jensen with legal action. It seems that that the Homeowners' Association has covenants that require landscaping be completed within one year after an occupancy permit is issued for a home. The Homeowners' Association is also blocking attempts that Jensen has made to rent out the home claiming that this too would violate the covenants.
Chick Edwards, the developer, says that he really doesn't "give a [expletive] where he [Jensen] is or what his problem is." According to Edwards, "Jensen doesn't have the right to walk away from his obligation."
Later today, we'll discuss whether the developer should be cutting Jensen some slack due to his military service overseas?
As an aside, several people in the community appear to be taking matters into their own hands.