To the Editor: Writer says tenants can remove signs
Written by Celia Jane   
Friday, 03 May 2013 08:55
To the Editor:
To All Tenants of Greenbriar Co. and Bob Maurer:
It is not true that a landlord has the right to post political signs on property that they have rented to other people. The property has been rented to the tenant and the tenant has control over what is done on that property.
Some years ago when I was taking the Wood County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Police Academy, the question was posed by Prosecuting Attorney Fischer about whether a landlord could allow police patrols in the hallways of an apartment complex.
I answered that the landlord had rented that building to its tenants and could not legally give such permission because by renting the property jointly and severally to the tenants, the tenants now had right of giving such permission.
Mr. Fischer’s response was that, “the students should be considering hiring me as their attorney.”
I submit that the same argument holds for the yards of the properties rented by the current tenants of the Wednesday, 24 April 2013 letters to the editor. Even if the landlord is maintaining the yards of these properties, it does not give them the right to place political signs on the property.
Do lawn maintenance companies have the right to place political signs in the yards of owners who have hired them? It is a ridiculous argument. If the lease the tenants signed said that the landlord has a right to post political signs, I seriously such a requirement can be legally enforced under the laws of our democracy.
This is not something covered by the ridiculous Citizen’s United Supreme Court Ruling. People have the right of freedom of expression. They are not assigned their opinions by their landlords. Posting signs in the front yards of tenants is tantamount to just that.
Greenbriar Co. and Bob Maurer are relying on their tenants ignorance of the law. I hope that, now that this legal point has been clarified tenants will act according to their wishes. Shame on Greenbriar Co. and Bob Maurer for trying such an underhanded, unethical, and illegal trick.

Celia Jane

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