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Homeowner faces fine over child’s fort

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A Homeowner's Association in an Austin neighborhood is giving one homeowner 10 days to get rid of a fort that was built by the owner's 9-year-old son or else face fines.

Proud of his work, Nicholas Aarsvold shows us his fort that he built on his own.

"I built it a month ago," said Aarsvold "I put these logs on the roof so not as much sunlight will get in. I put these logs here so it would look more tight. Well, I had my friend Nathan help me with it a little bit.

The fort is tucked away in brush, which is tough to spot. It's in front of his town home in the Summerwood subdivision in north Austin.

"My mom said if I built it over there they'd complain about it. So I built it over here but I didn't know they'd complain about it," he said.

With his mom's permission, he was just doing what 9-year-olds do.

"I just like to look at it. I like building stuff and looking at it," said Aarsvold.

But some don't like looking at it. In fact, some neighbors find it unsightly. The Homeowners Association sent a warning to Aarsvold's mom. Since she didn't submit a request for an architectural change she has ten days to take down the fort or face a fee.

The fort is so small, Christa McManus couldn't even spot it.

"I didn't even notice it was there. There are signs in the yard that are more noticeable than that fort. So it's a bit ridiculous," said McManus.

The letter also states that the fort is in a common area, could be a liability and damaging the brush.

"In theory you can't hurt these things," a contractor said.

On Monday afternoon, a contractor didn't think the brush was damaged and did a test on the sprinkler system and concluded the fort didn't cause any serious damage.

Whether that will have any impact on whether the HOA revokes their decision about the fort is unknown.

Even so, the HOA says it's still unsightly and needs to be removed.

Something Aarsvold doesn't agree with.

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