PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who was facing eviction just three days ago for hanging an American flag in her apartment window has been granted permission to keep it — and her landlord will install a flagpole right outside her apartment.
A KOIN 6 News investigation revealed grandmother Elodia Royce received a notice from her landlord last week ordering her to remove the American flag from her window or face a formal eviction process because the property management company did not permit “colored drapes” on the property. Initially, a complaint was lodged against a tenant for having colored drapes, and that tenant then complained about Royce’s flag. She said she has flown an American flag in her window since she moved into the complex six years ago. Royce was given until Monday to remove the flag by the property management company, Cascade Rental Management in Turner. But on Monday they offered her a deal. “I was so happy and relieved,” Royce told KOIN 6 News. She said her landlord reached out to her on Monday “and apologized for all the stress, and she wanted to see if I would agree to their compromise.” Attorney Jennie Clark, who is not connected with this case, reviewed the lease involved for KOIN 6 News. She said, “The contract doesn’t state whether or not they can withdraw approval, and so in that sense the contract is vague.” Clark thinks the compromise is the best thing. Royce will get a cement flag pole in her front yard to hoist the Stars and Stripes, as well as another flag pole to display the flag inside. “I asked her, ‘When will you do this?’ and she said, ‘We’ll do it within the next couple of weeks,” Royce said. She’s fine with that. Royce is a big user of social media and said her Facebook page has “just blown up” since KOIN 6 News first aired her story on Friday. She also said the media played a big role in this outcome. “KOIN was the first one,” she said. “You guys were the first ones.”