A Colorado jury is scheduled to hear arguments in a dispute between a landlord and a former tenant who says she was evicted over edible Easter decorations displayed on her door for two weeks after the holiday. Carol Burdick says her landlord unjustly told her to remove a display of Easter stickers, Peeps marshmallow candies and plastic grass from her door shortly after Easter in April 2009.
After Burdick refused, the landlord removed the decorations and said Burdick was in violation of her lease, which says balconies, patios and other areas must be kept "in a clean sanitary condition." Burdick then stopped paying rent. She was evicted in May.
Burdick claims she was wrongly evicted. Building management AIMCO corporation is suing her for more than $2,000 in back rent.