Nashville homeowners association orders man to remove zombie statue from yard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A south Nashville man says it’s “ridiculous” that his homeowners association is ordering him to remove a statue of a zombie from his front yard.

Jim Grinstead has lived on Harbor Lights Drive for nearly 10 years and says the zombie he and his wife call “Clawed” has been in his yard for five of those years.

He was surprised when he recently received a letter from the homeowners association ordering him to get rid of the statue.

The first sentence of the letter says, “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.”

Grinstead says what’s even more surprising is that he recently spent $12,000 on new landscaping to improve the looks of his home yet the HOA chose to focus on a piece of yard art.

“I think the homeowner’s association needs to lighten up a little bit,” Grinstead said.

He added the statue is a reflection of his personality.

“We have a sense of humor and that is how we want the world to think of us. 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,” explained Grinstead.

News 2 obtained a copy of the letter from the Bayview Homeowners’ Association which 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 does not specifically mention yard art or statues.

During a drive through the neighborhood, News 2 noticed yard art in other neighbors’ yards.

While the letter does not give Grinstead a deadline, he says he plans to remove Clawed this week.

“I’ll take my beating and go ahead and do it,” Grinstead said.

News 2 contacted the HOA and is waiting to hear back.

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