A Tennessee man said he was shocked when he received a letter from his homeowner’s association (HOA) ordering him to remove a zombie statue from his front yard.
Jim Grinstead has lived on Harbor Lights Drive in Nashville for almost 10 years, and, according to him, the zombie statue has been on his yard for five of those years, WKRN reported.
The zombie statue has become such a huge part of the home that Grinstead and his wife even gave it a name: "Clawed."
But recently, Grinstead said he received a letter from his HOA saying Clawed had to go.
"During a recent inspection of the community on April 19, 2016, it was noted that there is a zombie in your yard that needs to be removed," the first sentence of the letter read, according to Grinstead.
"I think the homeowner’s association needs to lighten up a little bit," Grinstead told WKRN, adding that he recently spent $12,000 on new landscaping to improve the aesthetic of his home.
“We have a sense of humor and that is how we want the world to think of us,” Grinstead added. “It’s how we think of ourselves. People will stop sometimes and take pictures of Clawed. Our friends get a kick out of it when they come over and we’ve never had a complaint about him.”
The news station was able to obtain a copy of the letter reportedly sent by the Bayview HOA. It states:
The Covenants, Conditions & Restriction for Bayview state, ‘Section 6. Duty to Maintain Lot. From and after the date construction of a single family residence on a lot is begun, it shall be the duty of each lot owner to keep the grass on the lot properly cut, to keep the lot free from weeds and trash, and to keep it otherwise neat and attractive in appearance. Should any owner fail to do so, the declarant, or the association, may take such action as it deems appropriate, including mowing, in order to make the lot neat and attractive and the owner shall, immediately upon demand, reimburse declarant or the association for all expenses incurred in so doing, together with interest at the rate provided herein, and declarant or the association shall have a lien on that lot and the improvements thereon to secure the repayment of such amounts. Such lien may be enforced for foreclosure against that Lot and the improvements thereon, but such lien shall be subordinate to any mortgage or deed of trust thereon.
The letter did not specifically mention yard art or statues, nor did it give Grinstead a deadline. Still, Grinstead said he plans to remove Clawed from the front yard during the week of April 25.
“I’ll take my beating and go ahead and do it,” Grinstead said.