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HOA to pay $65,000 after allegedly banning family's ambulance

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HOA to pay $65,000 after allegedly banning family's ambulance

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Oct 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local family is receiving $65,000 from a Las Vegas homeowners association after the family accused the HOA of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

The family accused the Harbor Cove Homeowners Association of banning them from keeping their family-owned ambulance in their driveway.

They said they needed the ambulance to transport their disabled son to medical appointments, and said he could only be driven laying down.

The family alleges the Harbor Cove Homeowners Association refused to allow them to keep the ambulance in the driveway of that Horizon Lake home.

According to law, HOA's must grant reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities, but the property management company representing the HOA said they never told the family they couldn't have the ambulance and never admitted to any violation of the Fair Housing Act when they settled the dispute out of court.

Tom Kelly, who is the community manager for Harbor Cove, said the board asked the family if they would consider removing the lights from the ambulance or paint it white because neighbors said it was an eyesore.

Kelly said the HOA even offered to foot the cost of those changes, and still the tenant refused, then filed a discrimination complaint.

Jacqui Heinrich

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently a general assignment reporter for Action News.