We’ve covered these types of stories in the past, people living in off-grid or tiny homes who have been forced out of their houses by the government. The latest case of government abuse comes out of Miami-Dade County, Florida where 65-year-old grandmother Shawnee Chasser is being told to tear down her tiny home, a tiny home she has lived in for the last 25 years.
Despite the fact that the home has safely stood for over 25 years now, Miami-Dade County officials claim the home is unsafe and was illegally built.
According to the Miami Herald, Chasser has already paid $3,000 in fines and potentially faces more than $7,000 in additional liens. She has spent the last year fighting the county, which is now demanding she demolish her home.
Ricardo Roig, Miami-Dade’s code enforcement division director told the Miami Herald, South Florida has strict rules about building code because of the frequency of hurricanes, and added that running water and electricity have to be installed with permits and inspections.
He said Chasser is welcome to live in a legal tree house, but code and unsafe-structure inspectors looked at the cottage and found it constructed in a way that it can’t be brought up to county standards. This week, the county’s unsafe structures board agreed and gave her three months to tear the tree house down.
The county claims that because Chasser also uses AirBNB to rent out her treehouse from time to time, that she not only has to tear it down and rebuild the unit, but she must apply for permission to inhabit the units outside the main home on the property.
Chaser isn’t buying it. She claims that the county’s tourism bureau uses the Treehouse in their marketing materials and says that claims about its structural integrity are exaggerated, saying that the Treehouse is so well-built that it survived Hurricane Andrew.
Here is a look at her Custom Treehouse Home