Apr 6 2014
Manuel E. Vega, a Marine Corps veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq, says he faces possible eviction from his apartment if he does not remove the two flags from his balcony. The Salem Run Apartment Homes in Fredericksburg, Va., initially warned Vega about the flags, then said they would be willing to work something out, butnothing has been done and the complex has not backed down.
Examiner Vega told Examiner he has been flying the flags since October, but apartment managers recently decided to take action. A notice warning Vega of the flags was tacked to his front door, he said.
“Although we appreciate and commend your patriotism, as a reminder per your lease agreement, you cannot have anything attached to the railing or any part of the building,” the warning letter, dated March 21, said. Vega said the letter came after a recent inspection by a regional manager with Grady Management, the company that oversees the complex.
“They told me if I do not comply they will send a legal letter asking me to comply and then a court ordered eviction notice,” he said. “That’s what could happen.” Making matters worse, Vega said that other apartments have wind chimes and plants on their balconies. It is unknown if tenants in those apartments were similarly warned. Vega said managers were also uncertain if those apartments had received warnings.