The unanimously passed a motion Monday night denying a resident's request to rent out her living space to pay for her daughter’s medical costs.
Trustee Gerard Crean made the motion and said that while it was a tough decision, he believed it would help protect property values.
"It’s a very difficult motion to make, but it’s a precedent I don’t want to open this Board up to,” Crean said. "We’ve made huge commitments to encourage first time homeowner opportunity and I think if we were to grant the opportunity, it would be a step in the wrong direction."
Lori Patton had the Board in October seeking permission to relieve some of the financial burdens of her two-year-old daughter’s rare blood disorder. Her plan was to temporarily move out of her condominium to be closer to a children’s hospital.
The Board said it would look into it because it was a special situation, though policies say Copper Beech Village residents are prohibited from renting the space.
Patton told the Board last month that her daughter receives costly blood transfusions every few weeks and must undergo a bone marrow transplant.
"It’s certainly been a financial strain, and we also don’t want the property value to go down in the community,” Patton said. "We’d like special permission to rent it out for a year."
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