Wife Installed Wheelchair Ramp at Home for Disabled Husband. Then She Got Some Unexpected Backlash


When well-known Brentwood, Tennessee pastor Michael Broadnax suffered a stroke last summer, his wife Charlotte had a wheelchair ramp installed on the front of their home so that he could reach his front door:


But their homeowners’ association didn’t approve it, so they sent a letter to Mrs. Broadnax which read, in part:

The association demands that within 14 days of the date of this letter, you remove the wheelchair ramp and restore the exterior of your home.

If that didn’t happen within 14 days, the HOA threatened to sue her and tear down the ramp at her expense.

After inquiries from the local news, the HOA has since offered to reach a compromise with the Broadnaxes. Their written response came as follows:

The governing documents for this community require that all exterior improvements receive prior approval. A letter was sent to the owner regarding the ramp as no application for approval had been received. The board did not know the ramp was for the homeowner, Mr. Broadnax. The association would like to work with the owners on a compromise regarding the appearance and location of the ramp and compliance with any applicable codes.

It’s unclear whether the HOA restrictions violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.