Would you evict a tenant over a marshmallow ‘Peep’ pyramid?
One Colorado landlord was faced with this dilemma.
The tenant was asked, but refused to take down an edible Easter decoration that she displayed in the common interior hallway outside her apartment door.
The display remained for two and a half weeks after Easter.
While the tenant claimed she had the support of her neighbors to maintain the decorations, the landlord feared the display would attract insects and otherwise prevent him from keeping the building safe and sanitary.
The tenant received a notice informing her that the display violated terms of her lease.
After the tenant’s continued refusal to take down the sweet-tasting display, the landlord did it for her.
In retaliation, the tenant refused to pay her May rent. The landlord filed an eviction action for failure to pay rent.
The tenant has retained an attorney and is challenging the eviction proceeding in court.