Man buys house and lot in Kennewick, Wash. According to HOA rules, he has
one year from occupancy to landscape (including irrigation) his 2-acre
However, the man's reserve unit has been mobilized, he's on his way to Iraq,
and his wife is pregnant.
Must be an Army reserve unit. Marines would remove the developer's lungs
with an ice cream scoop.
Read on ....... the reservist's wife moved out, so the property is
abandoned. The developer should lose
because the owners have abandoned and neglected the property? BS.
Being called up is no excuse
for being an irresponsible slob. Didn't know he might be called up?
Bought TWO ACRES to landscape?
When I couldn't pay rent, I lost occupancy privileges. Logical,
Are you saying that since he is a reservist he should not buy property? He
should live in a dumpy apartment "just in case" he has to leave suddenly?
The truth is probably in the middle ground. Employers have to make
provisions for reservists, no reason a developer can't do the same. Maybe
even do some of the work in the meantime. He is making himself look the
fool right now, be it a contract or not.
As for the two acres, that m ay well be the minimum lot size as determined
by the town for septic use. That is hte minimum in my town if you are
outside the sewer district.
Fact is, neither of us knows the whole story from the article we read.
There may be a lot more to this on both sides.
Assuming you have presented the complete picture, the man or his wife
or his lawyer should contact their Member of Congress. Surprising how
few people think of using these ****s. They are always thrilled to
a constituent's problems; translates to votes next time. Also, when
the Secretary of Defense will take the Congresscritter's call.
Enough of the picture has been presented that it looks to me there are
two sides. One key piece of information is that the neighbors had to
mow down the weeds. Now, forget about not doing the landscaping and
irrigation system after a year. If the homeowners are the least bit
responsible, then why aren't they at least having the property
It sounds like there is a good possibility these buyers bit off more
than they can chew. I have a lot of sympathy for those serving their
country and would certainly give them extra consideration, but you
have to look at all the facts and both sides of the situation before
you leap to conclusions. Also, by now, being a reservist and being
called up isn't unexpected, so it's not like it came totally out of
I find this story more than passing strange. I live no more than
about 60 miles away over here in eastern Washington. I am pretty much
of a news hound and catch at least 3 local TV news reports every day
plus take the Spokesman Review newspaper that usually has good
coverage of this area. Odd that this is the first I have read (or
heard) about the situation. I would think it would be front page news
in the local sections.
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