Grandmother Living in Treehouse for last 25 Years Told to tear it down!

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.

Florida Treehouse Home

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


  1. B from CA
    September 7, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Oh, they’re just jealous; and, so am I.

    • tess a. kent
      September 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      People controlling the Honest, small housing folk.Another way for crappy government to take away American rights & how we Love to Live. So much for freedom. Ha…I hope She Stays.

  2. Jake
    September 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I live in Florida and I am becoming very concerned about the Socialist tendencies I read about almost daily. I recently read about the lady in Coral Gables that was sued by local authorities for going “off the grid”. Apparently officials are protecting local utility companies at the expense of its citizens. Florida is exhibiting troubling anti-Constitutional tendencies that is forcing me to consider moving before I invest in a new home here. The people are this country are slowly turning into Socialists and Communists as they get dumber and dumber. These ideologies thrive where there are poorly educated people. The two things that Communist dictators do before they take over a country corrupt education and take their guns. They also eliminate or marginalize Christianity. Welcome to the United States under Obama.

    • Rodolfo
      September 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Wow, this must be one of the stupidest things I read today.

      • Zack
        September 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

        You just validated his point…now go think about that for awhile and come back when you have gained knowledge.

    • tess a. kent
      September 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Yup…it’s Official. Our government is No Longer ours. All ” OUR RIGHTS” are being slowly RIPPED OUT from under us. More Bible prophecy coming True in these LAST DAYS.

  3. dolthunter
    September 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

    damn corrupt government violating peoples rights

  4. Tracy
    September 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Liberals vote for these moronic bureacraPs and liberals will have to deal with what they voted for!! Sometimes, a punch of reality to the head is exactly what is needed.

  5. Dee
    September 9, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Rodolfo… I feel sorry for you when martial law rolls into the streets and you stand there with your jaw on the floor wondering what happened…the prophecies in the Bible ARE being fulfilled to the letter. We are living in the last days. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, please get to know Him. You will be saving you’re soul. Believe me, you don’t want to go to hell and you DON’T want to conform to the new “god” that will be pushed in your face one day. No… no one knows the day or hour He will come. But, make no mistake… we ARE at war and Jesus WILL come back to judge us all. Whether we will be here to witness His coming remains to be seen… but, we ARE at war…things will start slowly. You’ll go to an ATM and it won’t work… Or you will be taking someone out to dinner and your credit card will be denied… Things like that… And things like what you just read above. Little rights will be taken away from you. Did you know Obama just signed an order to turn the Internet over to foreign entities on October 1 of this year? Look it up… You can imagine what that’s going to do… Probably start putting sanctions on what we can read and what we can’t read… What we can say and can’t say without being arrested… You don’t think it can happen? I don’t know how old you are, but if you’re young, I challenge you to look up World War II, Adolf Hitler and how that war started… it always starts small. Pay attention to your world and what’s going on around you with an open mind.

    God Bless all,

  6. Navy vet
    September 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I live in miami and know where this is. It’s built like a brick shithouse and has withstood more hurricanes and tropical storms than the shit they build now a days.

    In fact many schools, my kids included go there on field trips.

    Recently there was a similar case with a boathouse in broward they city took over and burned. The case went to the Supreme Court and the houseboat owner won, 9-0. A house is a house, even if it floats or is in a tree.

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