No fun: U.S. Attorney sues MN condo that bans kids from playing outside


The U.S. Attorney's office is suing a Minnetonka condominium complex over its rule prohibiting children from playing on the grass or in common areas.

As Minnesota Lawyer reports, the lawsuit claims the Greenbrier Village Homeowner's Association is violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children. According to the blog, the lawsuit says a homeowner's committee developed rules two years ago that forbid playing, picnicking, and sunbathing as well as bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades.

The Star Tribune reports Greenbrier Village has 462 units. The paper says the lawsuit cites a warning sent to a resident alerting her she could be fined if her great-grandchildren continued to play outside in front of the condos. A reminder letter sent months later read in part: "...the sounds of children playing near a building can be disturbing, especially if they are yelling, screaming or crying.”

In announcing the lawsuit, the Justice Department said a family with children living at Greenbrier Village complained to the Department of Housing and Urban Development about the policy. Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels says “Families with children should have the same ability to enjoy their homes as all other tenants.”

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages, a civil penalty, and a court order prohibiting future discrimination, the Star Tribune reports.

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