Family fighting HOA to keep sick girl's playhouse

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A tiny house is at the center of a huge controversy in Blue Springs, Missouri. (WLS)

A tiny house is at the center of a huge controversy in the Rockhill neighborhood of Blue Springs, Missouri. While the fight surrounds a little girl's playhouse, it's anything but child's play.

Nestled in the backyard of a Blue Springs house, sits a little girl's dream playhouse, filled with flowers, books and crafts. It's a small house for a 6-year-old girl named Emma.

"It's my world," she said.

And Emma means the world to her family.

"Ask anybody, they'll tell you. She's everything to our family," said Bobbie Goolsby, Emma's grandmother.

A family that almost lost Emma to a serious auto-immune disorder. Because of her illness, Emma goes to her tiny house each day for breathing treatments.

"It's her safe place," Goolsby said.

But Emma's safe place is at risk of being taken away. The homeowners association says the playhouse violates its no shed policy.

"Our HOA bylaws say you can't have a metal shed, but it doesn't say anything about a playhouse," said Emma's grandmother.

Goolsby says both she and her realtor were told they could bring the playhouse. They asked before buying their house.

But in an email sent on last Sunday, the homeowners association told KSHB the playhouse has to go, adding, "We would prefer not to take legal action, but will move forward if not resolved."

"It's sad that they're picking on a child's playhouse," Goolsby said.

Other neighbors don't seem to have a problem with the so-called shed.

Late Friday night the homeowners association told KSHB while it approves of most wooden play-sets, the playhouse remains in violation of its rules.' rules they say the family had prior to buying their home.

But the Goolsbys aren't giving up.

"If I have to remove it, she would be devastated."

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