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Oro Valley Homeowners Association responds to renter with flagpole in question

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ORO VALLEY - On Monday, News 4 Tucson talked with Don Knetzger who rents a home in Oro Valley.

He put up a temporary flagpole that he believes is within his Homeowners Association guidelines.

"I got a letter of noncompliance from my HOA, one of the board members saw the pole and and he wanted me to take it down," Knetzger said. "I don't think I should be bullied to take my flag down just because one individual has decided to flex his muscles."

Thursday night, News 4 Tucson spoke with Joseph Lumpkins, the HOA board president.

Lumpkins tells a very different story.

"First of all, we didn't bully him," Lumpkins said. "We don't talk to him. We talk to the management company, his management company. You can't attach anything to a common wall. We own that common wall. That's our wall, the association's wall."

Lumpkins, who flies a flag outside his home, argues his concerns aren't with Old Glory. It's with the flagpole.

"I want people to fly the flag but there's a correct way to do it," said Lumpkins. "No higher than 15 foot, it has to be five feet away from any structure and that's all you have to follow. And, then if you fly it at night like I do, you have to have a light per U.S. Code."

Lumpkins said the HOA did not send Knetzger the eviction notice.

Lumpkin went on to say that the process was started by the rental company that Knetzger has.

Lumpkins said the HOA can't evict a renter, nor a homeowner.

Eric Fink

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